JILL SCHRAMM / Minot Daily News
MINOT, N.D. - A Minot environmental group that hopes to discourage the use of plastic bags says it is disappointed in a Minot legislator's bill that would prevent cities from regulating the bags and other auxiliary containers. Rep. Dan Ruby, R-Minot, introduced HB 1200, which prohibits political subdivisions from restricting or charging a fee for use of a bag, cup, bottle, straw or other reusable or single-use packaging designated for transporting, consuming or protecting merchandise, food or beverages acquired at a food service or retail facility.
FORT TOTTEN, N.D. – Maria Vormestrand wasn't sure how she would pay for college when she re-enrolled last year to pursue the education she had set aside years ago to raise her family. However, she was sure she wanted to help her Native American community as a social worker, and to do that, she needed a college degree.
MINOT, N.D. - Imagine the day when the number of highway fatalities in North Dakota total zero. The North Dakota Department of Transportation's Vision Zero strategy is shooting for that goal. "It's been a challenge to convince the public that it's possible. We believe it is," said Karin Mongeon, director of the NDDOT's Safety Division. "Ninety-four percent of crashes involved preventable human factors.
MINOT, N.D.—The challenge of finding workers was at the heart of Minot's community conversation with North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum over Main Street initiatives. Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford walked Minot's Main Street Monday, Oct. 22, to see the impact of new infrastructure and private investment before holding a roundtable discussion on the ongoing challenges in creating a thriving city.
MINOT, N.D.—A Minot event planner is being represented by North Dakota's Democrat-NPL candidate for attorney general in her court battle with the Republican-led attorney general's office. Grand Forks attorney David Thompson, who is challenging Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem in the November election, last week asked North Central District Judge Doug Mattson for a pretrial conference for Terpsehore Maras Lindeman. Lindeman previously had been acting as her own counsel.
MINOT, N.D.—Minot's initiative in pushing forward with the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project is impressive, according to a division commander with the U.S Army Corps of Engineers who visited the city recently. Maj. Gen. Richard Kaiser, commander of the Mississippi Valley Division since last September, and St. Paul District Commander Col. Sam Calkins were in Minot for an update and tour of the construction. The Mississippi Valley Division includes portions of 12 states, including the Red River and Souris River basins in North Dakota.
MINOT, N.D.—North Dakota's U.S. senators say the state's unmanned aerial technology industry could play an important role in implementing a new strategic plan for security along the northern border, released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security this week. "We have been really pushing Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security to take a look at unmanned aerial aircraft," said Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. "There are things we are going to be very interested in, in terms of how to get more actual awareness of what's coming across the border."
MINOT, N.D.—Nearly seven years after the 2011 Souris River flood, Minot still has a few dozen "zombie" homes scarring otherwise rebuilt neighborhoods. City council members on Tuesday voted to advance a proposal to address spot blight through an involuntary acquisition program with $800,000 in Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery money.
MINOT, N.D.—The sound of ceremonial shovels scooping dirt and equipment grinding and hauling away trees gave notice Wednesday that the flood protection project residents have been waiting for since 2011 is on its way. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford and Col. Sam Calkins with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers joined local leaders to celebrate groundbreaking on the first three phases of flood protection that will cost almost $100 million.
MINOT, N.D.—State Census Director Kevin Iverson said he expects northwest North Dakota's period of out-migration has run its course, based on demographic and economic indicators.