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BRAINERD, Minn. — Fleet Farm announced Wednesday, July 10, it would be moving to new corporate headquarters in Wisconsin, affecting as many as 70 jobs in Brainerd. The Fleet Farm Group LLC agreed to purchase a 192,000-square-foot office building in Appleton, Wis., with a goal of bringing six of its locations under one roof -- while remaining in Appleton.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Information Technology Department didn't locate two dozen assets with potentially sensitive information during an annual inventory, state auditors said Monday, July 8. State Auditor Josh Gallion's office said ITD was responsible for tracking 6,500 assets totaling more than $25 million from July 2016 through June 2018, but failed to find 217 of the assets, including office, network and computer equipment. ITD uses encryption as a "safety net" for assets with sensitive information, but auditors said they found three laptops were not encrypted.
BISMARCK — A top North Dakota lawmaker said Monday, July 1, that the Legislature will follow an attorney general's opinion arguing new restrictions placed on State Auditor Josh Gallion were likely unconstitutional. "We'll abide by the ruling," Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, said.
WASHINGTON — A bill introduced this week by U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., would restrict federal funding for health care facilities that "don't respect human life and patient rights." The first-term senator said the bill, called the "Patient Rights Act," attempts to put into law that unborn babies at the point of conception are "patients" and adds that it would also protect "all patients" including those at end of life.
NEW ULM, Minn. — A settlement with 93 claimants who were sexually abused as children by clergy and others in the Diocese of New Ulm has been reached in the diocese’s bankruptcy case. “This is a big day for the survivors,” said Jeff Anderson, attorney for many of the claimants, in a news release announcing the settlement. The diocese will pay the 93 claimants around $34 million, according to the agreement between the diocese and the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors. The committee was made up of survivors of clergy sexual abuse.
BISMARCK — Drone aircraft can now be flown over people during safety testing in North Dakota, thanks to a four-year waiver granted by the Federal Aviation Administration. The North Dakota Department of Transportation announced Tuesday, June 25, that it had been granted permission to operate Unmanned Aircraft Systems over people — a first for a North Dakota agency. The drones being used are equipped with ParaZero SafeAir parachute recovery systems.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has completed its deer gun lottery, and individual results are available on the Game and Fish website at www.gf.nd.gov . Moving to an online lottery has resulted in reducing the time between the application deadline and the lottery run date, said Kim Kary, chief of administrative services. “It’s a major benefit in moving to an all online lottery application process,” Kary said.
MEDORA, N.D. — The North Dakota Geological Survey and the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation will sponsor a dig on Saturday, June 29 in the Sentinel Butte Formation in Medora for interested members of the public. The Sentinel Butte Formation is about 55-60 million years old. After the dinosaurs went extinct, the environment became swampy. Today, fossils of crocodiles, giant salamanders, fish, clams, snails and more can be found there.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Game and Fish Department again will participate in Operation Dry Water as part of a nationally coordinated effort to increase knowledge about the dangers of boating under the influence. The goal is to reduce the number of accidents and deaths associated with alcohol and drug use on state waterways. Operation Dry Water weekend, set for July 5-7, is the national weekend of heightened enforcement directed at boating under the influence laws and recreational boater outreach.
BISMARCK — North Dakota was the only state to get younger this decade, according to recent census data touted by state officials Thursday, June 20. North Dakota's median age stood at 35.2 years in 2018, down from 37 years in 2010, according to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau. That's below the median ages in neighboring South Dakota, Minnesota and Montana, which clocked in at 37.1, 38.1 and 39.9 years, respectively, the state Department of Commerce said.