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BISMARCK — In an effort to shed light on school performance, the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction has launched an online education dashboard, the department said Monday, April 23. The data includes information about test performance, school enrollment, attendance rates, graduation rates and teacher qualifications, DPI said in a news release.
BISMARCK—A mixup has prompted the North Dakota Department of Health to extend the application deadline for those seeking to become registered medical marijuana manufacturers. The department extended the deadline for grower applicants to 10 a.m. Monday, April 23. It had received 17 applications by the previous deadline of Thursday afternoon, April 19, but accidentally used "Central Standard Time" instead of "Central Daylight Time" in its application instructions.
MEDORA -- People visiting Theodore Roosevelt National Park this summer will see slightly higher fees to explore the only park named after a U.S. president. The park will be modifying its entrance fees in order to provide additional funding for infrastructure and maintenance needs to enhance visitor experience, the National Park Service announced Monday, April 16.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Game and Fish Department urges spring snow goose hunters to monitor on- and off-road travel conditions as light geese begin to move through the state in large numbers. While much of the snow that remains will likely disappear this week, moisture left behind may still make travel difficult on section line trails, unimproved roads and harvested grain fields where hunting might take place.
BISMARCK — A Bismarck attorney running for the North Dakota Supreme Court has asked for a rehearing after justices upheld disciplinary action taken against him. Robert Bolinske Sr.'s petition for rehearing, dated April 3 and sent to reporters over the weekend, called the state Supreme Court's March 20 decision "disgraceful and intellectually dishonest." Bolinske, who once called himself a "brawler" on the campaign trail, warned he would take his case to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.
DULUTH — The Winnipeg Jets were supposed to fly into Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Saturday, April 14, but had their charter flight diverted to Duluth because of a massive spring snowstorm that converged on the Twin Cities. Air Canada Flight 7017 arrived in Duluth a little after 2 p.m. Saturday and headed back to Winnipeg a little after 4:30 p.m. According to workers with Monaco Air, the team stayed on the plane, waiting in Duluth hoping things would clear up.
CHICAGO — Gas prices are rising with the national average at $2.68 per gallon of regular unleaded, the priciest since July 2015, according GasBuddy's figures Thursday morning, April 12. The crowd-sourced gas price compiler said the sudden surge can be blamed on oil prices surging to nearly $67 per barrel, the highest level since 2014, on fears of military action in Syria and trade conflict with China.
BISMARCK—President Donald Trump has signed into law legislation backed by North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp aimed at cracking down on websites that facilitate sex trafficking. Heitkamp and Republican Sen. John Hoeven announced the president's approval of the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act on Wednesday, April 11. Heitkamp was a lead sponsor of the bill and said websites like Backpage.com "will now face punishment for their disgusting role in facilitating this vile trade."
BISMARCK -- Frontier has announced its return of the airline to the Bismarck Airport with flight service to and from Denver International Airport. “We are happy to have Frontier Airlines back in Bismarck as they are a customer favorite,” said Greg Haug, Bismarck Airport director. “Frontier’s service adds another low-cost option for travelers in central and western North Dakota.” Five airlines now serve Bismarck with travel to seven destinations, Haug said.
ST. PAUL — A November pipeline leak in rural South Dakota was nearly double in size than initially estimated.