BISMARCK — The North Dakota Information Technology Department said there were malware attacks on one-third of North Dakota schools in February 2018. The hackers behind the attacks were from different international locations including North Korea and the malware was downloaded from multiple access points. According to ITD's Director of Security Sean Wiese, hackers used DoublePulsar malware that easily gives "bad actors" the ability to infiltrate other systems.
FARGO — Longtime heavy-metal music group Metallica has taken a philanthropic approach during its current tour by donating money through the All Within My Hands Foundation to cities they visit. The foundation donated $10,000 to Great Plains Food Bank in Fargo Sept. 8, when they had a show in Grand Forks that night.
FARGO—North Dakota is the fourth best state to retire early, a recent study conducted by HavenLife, a New York life insurance agency, says. The study measures by three main factors: well-being, cost of living and health care quality. The study states that North Dakota was ranked third in health care quality just behind Massachusetts and Minnesota. North Dakota is also ranked 11th in the well-being factor and 24th in the cost of living category.
BISMARCK—North Dakota residents have been able to obtain a REAL ID since May 1, but how has implementation of the system unfolded? In a recent Forum News Service story, 20-year-old North Dakota State University student Jackson Stremick described his issues getting a REAL ID. Stremick lived in his parents' Fargo home on breaks from college. His problems stemmed from not having his name on documents that proved where he lived.
BINFORD, N.D.—Binford, with a population of 172 residents, received an unexpected visit from the national sandwich chain Jimmy John's. The company set up a pop-up sandwich shop and filmed a commercial in farmer Dennis Haugen's wheat farm to introduce their new 9-grain wheat bread for its sandwiches. It's the first change to its bread options in 20 years. "It's a great ad. I didn't know they were using local people and didn't know it featured Binford the way it did," Binford Mayor Ken Gilbertson said.
WEST FARGO—West Fargo mother Julie Zimny bought a cell phone for her 11-year-old son to keep in touch when they would go to friends' houses or when she and her husband were out of the house. She soon saw the number was getting dozens of calls and messages of men looking to get together. Zimny thought it was just the previous owner's ex-boyfriends looking to hookup, but she discovered something worse.
FARGO—While it may seem simple according to the North Dakota Department of Transportation website, the requirements for REAL ID are already causing issues for some. A 20-year-old North Dakota State University junior, Jackson Stremick went to the the Fargo Driver's License Office in August to get a REAL ID. He grew up in Fargo, and his parents still live here, but he lives in a dorm.
FARGO—Carson Wentz is one of four players featured on the NFL Preview edition of Sports Illustrated, but finding it may be tough in his old college town. Walgreens isn't carrying it. Target isn't either. Barnes & Noble in Fargo does have plenty of Wentz to go around, saying they ordered extra in preparation for an eager fanbase. They are selling the magazine edition for $5.99, but if they run out, plenty of online outlets have already taken advantage of selling the Eagles' quarterback's SI appearance.
According to an article by Wallethub.com, Minnesota and North Dakota were second and eighth, respectively, in U.S. women's equality. South Dakota ranked 37th. There were three different categories that contributed to the overall ranking: workplace environment, education and health, and political empowerment. When it came to workplace environment rankings, Minnesota ranked fourth in the nation, North Dakota ranked 31st, while South Dakota ranked last at 50th.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on Monday issued a air quality alert for a large portion of Minnesota, from the arrowhead region down to the southwestern part of the state. The affected areas include Hibbing, Duluth, Brainerd and Mankato. Northwestern and southeastern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities metro area, are not included in the alert. The smoke originated from a wildfire and British Columbia and the alert expires at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21.