HAWLEY, Minn. — Sept. 25, 2018, is a day tragedy struck the Bjorndahl family. Katie Bjorndahl's father, Aaron Bjorndahl, called her first thing in the morning, but the call went straight to voicemail which was abnormal. He called Katie's mother Lisa Bjorndahl to see if she had heard from her. She had texted, but received no response. Her mother then called Katie's workplace, where they said they couldn't get a hold of her and she didn't call in for work.
FARGO -- Fargo has the 10th-best job market while Grand Forks is tied for 19th best in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rankings are based off of monthly rates of unemployment through many metro areas throughout the nation. In the latest rates for September, Fargo had a 2.1 percent unemployment rate while Grand Forks had a 2.2 percent unemployment rate. Bismarck was also tied at 27th in the U.S. with a 2.3 percent unemployment rate.
BISMARCK — It started as a list. But it turned into a massive research project commemorating North Dakotans who served in World War I. This Nov. 11 marks the centennial for the end of the Great War, which the North Dakota Historical Society wanted to document for an exhibit at the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum. The supposed “war to end all wars” took the lives of nearly 1,400 North Dakotans, according to the research by the state’s Historical Society. The exhibit compiles letters, photos and data to honor fallen North Dakota soldiers who served in the war. Dr.
BISMARCK — The majority of North Dakotans voted in favor of Measure 2 on Tuesday, Nov. 6, according to complete but unofficial results. With all 424 precincts reporting, the measure passed by a 66 to 34 percent margin.
ST. PAUL-- Minnesotans will now be able to test, map and report broadband internet speed across the state. CheckSpeedMinnesota.com is a benchmarking tool created by The Minnesota Office of Broadband Development that allows users to answer a few questions and run a speed test to track results. In a press release from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, it highlights the importance of having a system like this.
FARGO — Practicing historian and University of North Dakota doctoral student Janet Strand is ensuring those who died from the influenza pandemic of 1918 aren't forgotten. Pvt. Floyd Fuller was a member of the Student Army Training Corps at UND. When he was inducted into service Sept. 1, 1918, in Fargo, he was bound for Grand Forks for service. He died October 24, 1918, from influenza.
FARGO—Measure 2 is presented by a sponsoring committee of 37 members including North Dakota GOP Senate candidate Gary Emineth as the chairman. The measure aims to change the language of a Article II, Section 1 from "Every citizen of the United States, who has attained the age of eighteen years and who is a North Dakota resident, shall be a qualified elector." to "Only a citizen of the United States, who has attained the age of eighteen years and who is a North Dakota resident, shall be a qualified elector."
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum recognized the winning photographs and honorable mentions for the 15th annual North Dakota Governor's Photo Contest on Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Bismarck. Minot resident Steve Silseth's photo, "Pintail," was named Best of Show and was also the winning photograph for the Wildlife category. The photo was selected best out of 1,072 submitted into the contest, according to a North Dakota Tourism press release. Silseth's photo took patience and a keen eye for the duck's behavior.
FARGO—On the 3rd Annual Indigenous Peoples' Day celebration, a former Fargo cultural planner and current spiritual leader received the Gladys Ray award. The award is given to those who have made a special impact in the indigenous community in Fargo and abroad. Willard 'Yellowbird' Jr. led and closed the ceremony in prayer, but he never expected the award he received from Gladys Ray's granddaughter, Amber Mattson.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — LGBTQ Minnesotans are responding to a report this week of a new gender-neutral option for state driver's licenses. At least one lawmaker is questioning why the option did not have legislative approval. Residents in Minnesota will now have the option to choose 'X' as their gender on their state ID if they don't identify as either male or female.