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Drought in North Dakota Continues to Worsen

The worst areas are in the west, with much of the east rated as abnormally dry

  NORTH DAKOTA — Drought that is ravaging crops, pastures and hay land in North Dakota has worsened over the past week. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows nearly three-fourths of the state in some stage of drought, up from about two-thirds last week. At least 55 percent of the state is in severe or extreme drought, up from…

Minnesota Health Officials Hoping Measles Outbreak is Over

The Somali community has been hardest hit during the outbreak

  MINNESOTA — Minnesota health officials may call an end to the state’s measles outbreak if no new cases arise by the end of the month. The number of cases in the state has held steady at nearly 80 for nearly one month. Health officials must wait until July 29, when two incubation periods pass without any new cases, before…

North Dakota to Pay $3 Million for Voluntary Buyouts

Gov. Burgum said the buyouts might limit the need for layoffs

  BISMARCK, ND — North Dakota will pay about $3 million to 158 employees approved for voluntary buyouts. In April, Gov. Burgum gave 17 agency heads the option to offer buyouts to employees. He said the buyouts might limit the need for layoffs. At least 200 people applied for the buyouts, but it was up to the agencies to determine…

Minnesota Releases Minimum Wage Report

The report states 15 percent of minimum wage workers in Minnesota make $9.50 an hour or less

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota labor officials have released a report with details on hourly wage employees in the state. The report states 15 percent of minimum wage workers in Minnesota make $9.50 an hour or less. At least 31 percent of 1.6 million hourly workers are working in eating and drinking places and at least 38 percent of…

The Most Misspelled Words by State: We’re Wondering About Wisconsin

Google takes their information based on "how to spell" searches

NATIONAL — With students all over the country participating in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Google has released its list of America’s most misspelled words by state. Google takes their information based on “how to spell” searches. North Dakota’s most misspelled word is “Dilemma” and Minnesota’s most misspelled word is “Beautiful”. The most popular words misspelled in 2017 were “Pneumonia”…

North Dakota’s Oil Patch Population Dropping, Statewide Flourishing

North Dakota saw the most growth in and around Fargo, Bismarck and Grand Forks

  NORTH DAKOTA — Some oil patch cities are seeing a drop in people, but the overall population in North Dakota continues to flourish. U.S. Census Bureau estimates show Williston, Watford City and Stanley saw population declines last year due to slower activity in the oil fields. Minot’s population fell by nearly 800 people from the previous year. But the…

ND Government Employees Willing to Take Voluntary Buyouts

Agencies told employees the buyouts might limit the need for layoffs

  BISMARCK, ND — About 100 employees from cabinet-level agencies in North Dakota state government have expressed interest in taking voluntary buyouts to help with the state’s struggling finances. Gov. Burgum gave agency heads in April the option to offer buyouts to employees and letters went out to some 3,600 with the offer. Agencies told employees the buyouts might limit…

North Dakota Governor’s Photo Contest Underway

Photographers will be judged on their ability to showcase North Dakota as a Legendary travel destination

“Watching the sunset at Double Ditch” by Nick Hornbacher – 2016 Governor’s Photo Contest “Best in Show”  NORTH DAKOTA — Grab your camera and get outside. Your snapshots of the things to do and see in North Dakota could earn you cash and be published. The 2017 North Dakota Governor’s Photo Contest is underway through August 31. Photographers will be…

MSUM School of Journalism Honors Marcil Family with Dedication

President Blackhurst hopes to continue this collaboration for at least 100 more years

MOORHEAD, Minn. — MSUM’s School of Journalism made a dedication which honors 100 years of local storytelling. Students unveiled a wall dedicated to the Marcil Center for Innovative Journalism. Forum Communications Chairman William Marcil, Sr. and his wife Jane were there to see it for themselves. University officials say the center helps keep them on the cutting edge of the…

Gov. Burgum Gives Himself a Passing Grade for First Legislative Session

He also had to deal with the contentious protest over the Dakota Access oil pipeline

BISMARCK, ND — Gov. Burgum gives himself a B-plus grade for his first Legislative session. Burgum told the Associated Press that it was “full-blown crisis management” when he took over in December. The wealthy former computer software executive took charge against the backdrop of an unprecedented state revenue shortfall. He also had to deal with the contentious protest over the…