New Survey Shows Surge in Vaping by Minnesota Young People

Minnesota now has 55 confirmed or probable cases of vaping-related severe lung injuries.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–A new survey says one in four Minnesota 11th graders reported using an e-cigarette in the previous 30 days, a 54% increase from the same survey in 2016. The Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday the jump among 8th graders was even more significant, with 11% reporting vaping in the preceding 30 days, nearly double the 2016 figure….

USDA Stops Funding for Annual Honey Bee Colonies Report

The report gives researchers baseline data on health trends

FARGO, N.D. –The USDA has stopped funding for its annual Honey Bee Colonies report, a move that a local expert says is concerning. The report gives researchers baseline data on health trends in the honeybee population. That is important because bees help pollinate a third of the crops we eat. “We do have reason to be concerned for this because…

Survey Ranks Minnesotan Accent 48th Sexiest in the Country

Minnesota beat out New Jersey and Long Island accents

The Minnesotan accent was made famous in the movie Fargo, but dontcha know it’s ranked as the 48th sexiest accent in the country? Travel company Big Seven ranked 50 accents across the U.S. based on survey results from their 1.5 million social audience. Minnesota only beat out New Jersey and Long Island accents. People in downtown Fargo guessed the Minnesotan…

Does Fargo Live Up to Its Sixth Happiest City Ranking Considering the Weather?

The WalletHub study looks at well-being, employment, and community involvement

FARGO, N.D. — A WalletHub study names Fargo the sixth happiest city in the nation. But with essentially six months of winter weather and spring flooding, are people surprised by the ranking? The study looks at emotional and physical well–being, income and employment, and community and involvement. “With happiness, there’s a lot of other factors that can be included, such as…

Study Finds North Dakota Has Worst Drivers in the Country

The analysis is based on at-fault violations

FARGO, N.D. — Usually a number one ranking is something to be proud of, but not if your state is the worst at something. A study by Insurify ranks North Dakota drivers as the worst in the country. The study asks people if they’ve been ticketed for something like speeding or reckless driving or have had a DUI in the past seven…

Grand Forks Police Department: How Are We Doing?

They are asking the community to take a short survey about the department

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Grand Forks Police want to know how they’re doing. They are asking the community to take a short survey about the department. They want to know about people’s interaction with their officers. The attitude and behavior of the employee and if you feel safe living in Grand Forks. You can even give your recommendations for improvements….

Fargo Jet Center Named Top Aviation Service Company

The Center landed in the top five percent of all businesses

FARGO, N.D. — The Fargo Jet Center has been ranked one of the top aviation service companies in the world. The ranking is based on a survey from the publication Aviation International News. The survey asked people to rate fixed–based operators in categories including flight line service, amenities, and customer service. Fargo Jet Center’s overall score was 4.69 out of…

Chamber of Commerce Releases Economic Outlook Survey Results

Annual Economic Outlook Forum draws hundreds of business leaders

FARGO, N.D.– The Chamber of Commerce released the results of its annual economic outlook survey, which gauges how businesses owners feel they’re performing in the local economy. “We’re fortunate enough to live in a very vibrant community— business community… 2018, based on the results we saw on the survey, there’s great optimism,” said Scott Green, market president of Station Bank. Overall,…

West Fargo PD Leaders Get Reviewed: Janke Expands the Department

In his first 100 days, Chief Heith Janke is restructuring the leadership workflow and adding new positions

WEST FARGO, ND — Leaders of the West Fargo Police Department were anonymously reviewed by employees. This about four months after Police Chief Heith Janke replaced former Chief Mike Reitan who was under fire for creating a hostile work environment. In a request for more sergeants from the city of West Fargo, Chief Janke outlined the department’s faults. “We set…

Pheasant Numbers Drop to Near Record Levels

A similar survey in South Dakota shows a 45 percent drop

  NORTH DAKOTA — Pheasant numbers in the Dakotas are down to some of the lowest levels on record. Biologists say the drop is blamed largely on the worst drought to hit the states in decades. North Dakota’s roadside pheasant survey conducted in late July and August shows the number of birds is down 61 percent from last year. A…