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BISMARCK - The North Dakota Department of Health has released information about flood cleanup health and safety as the region prepares for significant flooding this spring. The department website includes information on emergency health precautions, proper waste disposal, debris removal, mold and asbestos in homes, well disinfection, indoor heating spills, sewer and septic systems, underground storage tanks and sandbag cleanup. Information is available at ndhealth.gov/flood or by calling (701) 328-5150.
WASHINGTON - Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota among the top 10 states to practice medicine, according to a WalletHub study released Monday, March 25. Overall, the Upper Midwest fared well as Montana was ranked first and Wisconsin second. Minnesota ranked fourth out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia in 18 metrics, including wages, competition and malpractice payouts.
ST. PAUL -- Journalist Mick Hatten of Forum Communications Co. earned the second annual NCHC media excellence award during the conference's year-end banquet Thursday, March 21, in St. Paul. Hatten is sports editor for Forum Communications. Hatten has been heavily involved in developing The Rink Live, which combines written and multimedia features covering college and high school hockey across Minnesota and North Dakota. He continues to cover St. Cloud State hockey, while serving as The Rink Live’s primary host for interview shows at hockey tournaments and events.
FARGO — North Dakota State University has named a new executive director for its Research and Technology Park. Brian Kalk, a former member of the state’s Public Service Commission and current director of energy systems development, design and operations at the University of North Dakota’s Energy and Environmental Research Center, will replace current tech park Executive Director Chuck Hoge, NDSU announced Tuesday, March 19. No timetable for the when Kalk would leave UND has been finalized. “I have had a rewarding two years at the EERC but I'm ecstatic to be back at NDSU!!” Kalk said in a
PIERRE, S.D. — A set of bills signed into law Wednesday, March 20, will add further restrictions to those seeking an abortion in South Dakota. Hailed as a "champion for life," by supporters, Republican Gov. Kristi Noem said the new laws will help protect unborn babies and their mothers. "(Unborn babies) are people, and they must be given the same basic dignities as anyone else," she said. Noem signed five bills in total, including:
BISMARCK — The North Dakota House has rejected a bill that would have dedicated a certain percentage of Legacy Fund earnings to the state’s research universities. The House voted against Senate Bill 2282 by a vote of 62-30 Wednesday, March 20.
GRAND FORKS - With spring flood conditions approaching, an app and website is available for people to post reports and share photos of snowpack, ice jams, overland flooding and similar events in the Red River Basin.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum has signed a bill restricting public employers' ability to inquire about a job applicant's criminal history. Burgum, a Republican, signed House Bill 1282 Tuesday, March 12, his spokesman said. It reflects "ban the box" efforts elsewhere to give released inmates a better chance of employment, thereby reducing chances for recidivism.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday, March 12, signed a massive package of public lands legislation made up of more than 100 individual bills that were introduced by 50 senators and several U.S. House members. Formerly known as the Natural Resources Management Act, the bipartisan bill, S. 47, was renamed the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act in honor of Dingell, a long-serving member of Congress who died last month at the age of 92.
RED LAKE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of zebra mussel larvae in Red Lake after studying samples gathered last summer by biologists from the Red Lake Nation. Zebra mussel larvae, called veligers, typically indicate the presence of a reproducing population of zebra mussels. No adult zebra mussels have been identified, officials said. Eight veligers were found in a zooplankton sample taken from the middle of Upper Red Lake.