JILL SCHRAMM / Minot Daily News
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.
CROSBY, N.D. —The board of the Divide County Ambulance District appeared to have a "widespread practice of holding 'meetings' without providing notice," according to a recent open meetings opinion issued by the North Dakota Attorney General's Office.
MINOT, N.D.—A judicial appointee has dismissed a portion of a lawsuit against Trinity Health system in Minot over a Hepatitis C outbreak. Special master Karen Klein signed an order earlier this month to dismiss the claims of Mark Krebsbach, leaving the portion of the lawsuit brought by ManorCare Health Services against Trinity to proceed in North Central District Court.
MINOT, N.D.—A former Minot city attorney's court challenges over her firing in 2014 have ended with rulings that went against her, but Colleen Auer said she is not done. "It's not over for me until something is accomplished — something good comes out of this," Auer said. "When I started it, I was determined to see it through, and I am still not done. They may think I am done but I am not done."
MINOT—About 500 new online retailers have signed up with the North Dakota Tax Commissioner's Office to begin remitting sales taxes since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June allowed states to force collections. State Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger, in Minot Wednesday to speak to the Golden K Kiwanis, said his office continues to sign up merchants ahead of an Oct. 1 deadline.
MINOT, N.D. -- Drone technology is making certain tasks safer and easier for the Ward County Highway Department. The department acquired an Unmanned Aerial System device primarily for use in measuring stockpiled road materials, such as gravel and millings. The Ward County Commission approved guidelines proposed by the department for use of the UAS on Aug. 21, and the department began using the device at the end of August.
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.