News: Growth in Mandan brings uptick in crime

One of the common gripes heard around Minot is related to the uptick in crime. But the problem isn’t unique to Minot. One hundred miles south of us in Mandan, the population has grown dramatically since the last census. And along with it, there’s been an increase in crime and a need to add new public safety officers.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Financial issues at Bismarck food co-op leaves local farmers unpaid

The idea is beautiful, a grocery store focused on sourcing healthy, local food. But in the early going at Bismarck’s food co-op, there’s evidence of either financial mismanagement or a business model that isn’t as viable as many wish it would be. Jessica Holdman with the Bismarck Tribune has the story.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Theodore Roosevelt National Park holds bison roundup in South Unit

The bison in Teddy Roosevelt National Park are a major attraction, but because the park is limited in size and fenced, it’s not able to support a bison population of unlimited size. That means bison management practices are required from time to time, and this fall is one of those occasions. Many of the animals rounded up will be distributed supplement area Native American controlled bison herds and...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Fargo passes ‘inclusiveness’ resolution

Following our Country’s summer of division and tension represented by racially-charged events in Charlottesville and other locations, the Fargo Human Relations Commission activated and asked the valley cities to pass a largely symbolic resolution on inclusiveness. While the resolution has no actual teeth, a quick google search of this article’s title indicates the distances at which the gesture was heard.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: North Dakota initiated measure study commission holds first meeting

The process by which North Dakota citizens and organizations bring issues to the ballot for consideration is going up for a review. The initiated measure process of petition carrying and signature gathering that allows a form of direct citizen legislation has been criticized in recent years. One of the arguments against, issues like the recently voter approved victim’s rights law can be brought forward by wealthy activists with...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Western wheat crop down by a third or more

The yields are starting to come in, and it’s what would be expected in a drought year. Numbers vary widely across the state, but in the areas with less rain, the yields per acre are down from the averages of the recent good years. The Bismarck Tribune has the story on the early data. Hopefully, the decrease in supply will drive a price increase in some form that...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Petition to revoke Sunday Closing Laws approved for circulation

Last winter, the ND Senate narrowly defeated a bill that would have allowed retail operations to open on Sunday mornings. Now, supporters of the regulatory rollback are going to take the issue directly to the voters. Secretary of State Al Jaeger approved circulation of a petition that would put the issue on the ballot.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Criminal justice reforms have sheriffs worried about shifting costs

The battle over who pays what is an eternal one in government, and when it comes to housing inmates serving sentences the payor is often a matter of where the inmate is staying. Is it in a state correctional facility or a county one? And shifting policy as well as a lot of new beds in county facilities have sheriffs around the state on alert to cost burdens...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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