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FARGO — North Dakota’s estimated population climbed to a record 760,077 residents in 2018 — a gain of 4,901 that reversed a dip in population last year. Gov. Doug Burgum ballyhooed the latest estimate from the Census Bureau, issued Wednesday, Dec. 19, as a sign the state’s economy is on the upswing. “We’re excited to see more people moving into North Dakota, and for good reason,” the governor said in a statement. “Our economy is strong, our jobs are abundant and our quality of life is second to none.”
FARGO — Eagle Pointe is one of the housing developments sprouting from the prairie on the city’s southern periphery. Lots selling for $50,000 to $90,000 are arrayed around a pond, and developers tout its proximity to schools and access to 25 miles of recreation trails. The brochures don’t mention it, but builders, real estate agents and developers are keenly aware that neighborhoods in far south Fargo like Eagle Pointe have a lot at stake in the completion of the $2.75 billion Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion.
FARGO — Plans for a $150 million Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum got a big boost from the bully pulpit in Bismarck when Gov. Doug Burgum proposed investing heavily in the project. Burgum advocates tapping the state's Legacy Fund earnings to contribute $50 million to jump-start what he calls “North Dakota’s Mount Rushmore,” a center that would be built near a revamped entrance in Medora to Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
FARGO — Minnesota regulators are examining public comments as part of their review of a permit application for the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion and are seeking to extend the suspension of a lawsuit aimed at blocking the project. Lawyers representing parties in the lawsuit are asking a federal magistrate judge to extend a stay in the legal case until Jan. 30 to allow officials of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources more time to consider public comments as part of its final environmental review.
FARGO — The dance hall near the Porcupine River on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation stirred with activity as preparations were made for a ritual that the tribes had last celebrated on the evening after the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876. It was early in the afternoon of Nov. 30, 1918, a Saturday. The celebration had been postponed because the deadly influenza epidemic was still a public health concern. But leaders at Standing Rock decided that afternoon was the right time to perform the Victory Dance to celebrate the end of World War I.
FARGO — A less costly alternative to the EpiPen for severe allergic reactions — a treatment that can cost $400 to $800 per dose — is now available for North Dakota ambulance services. The North Dakota Department of Health is launching a training initiative that will enable emergency medical responders and emergency medical technicians to deliver epinephrine-adrenaline in injectable form, which is much less costly than the EpiPen auto-injector.
FARGO — North Dakota’s secretary of state race in the Nov. 6 election has defied predictability. It features two Republican candidates running as independents and a Democratic challenger. The race took an unusual twist when the GOP nominee in the race, Will Gardner, dropped out after news reports of his arrest years earlier on a “peeping Tom” charge outside a woman’s dormitory.
MOORHEAD — Rep. Collin Peterson and his challenger Dave Hughes clashed over the Republican tax cuts' role in driving up the federal budget deficit, negotiations over the new farm bill and health care in a debate Friday, Oct. 19, on Minnesota Public Radio. The race is a replay of the 2016 election matchup, in which Peterson, Minnesota DFL, beat Hughes, his Republican challenger, by 16,637 votes.
FARGO—Prairie Public Broadcasting has been buffeted by budget cuts, declining membership, and consumers' shifting habits in a media marketplace that is increasingly varied and fragmented. Prairie Public finished its 2017 fiscal year with a deficit of $315,818 and its radio service was $534,139 in the red. Similar numbers are expected for fiscal 2018, which ended Sept. 30, said John Harris, Prairie Public's president and chief executive officer.
FARGO — The largest herd of Nokota horses is being dispersed. The herd was the lifetime work of Leo Kuntz, a 69-year-old rancher near Linton, N.D., who died unexpectedly from injuries suffered in an all-terrain vehicle crash in August while checking on his horses.