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FARGO—Faculty senators at North Dakota State University rejected a resolution that would have urged the president and provost to remove the outgoing vice president for research by the end of February instead of allowing her to stay on until her replacement is named.
FARGO — The lack of snowfall this winter is contributing to drought conditions that have persisted throughout most of North Dakota—conditions the state climatologist warns could continue into spring. More than 60 percent of North Dakota is in moderate drought, and most of the rest of the state, including the central and southern Red River Valley, is considered abnormally dry, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
MOORHEAD — Salt applied to streets and roads to melt snow and ice is becoming a growing environmental concern in some areas of the country, including Minnesota, where 50 lakes are listed as impaired because of their salt levels. Street and highway maintenance supervisors are aware of the problems that can result from the salt their crews deposit on roads, and have adopted new methods in recent years that help to reduce salt runoff as well as their operating costs.
FARGO—Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind's young life ended violently when she was on the brink of motherhood. Now her abduction and murder must serve to raise awareness of Native American women who all too often are victims of violence, and to help prevent future tragedies.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum will be rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles over the New England Patriots when he attends the Super Bowl. Burgum and first lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum will be attending the game at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis as guests of Xcel Energy, which leases a suite at the venue, Burgum spokesman Mike Nowatzki said. "So they are not paying for their tickets," he said. The game is Sunday, Feb. 4.
FARGO—North Dakota is embarking upon an ambitious social experiment. If successful, the effort will allow the state to stop expanding jails and prisons by providing more community support for those at risk of incarceration. The effort is called Free Through Recovery and involves a partnership steered by human services and corrections officials working through a web of social service, mental health, religious and cultural organizations throughout North Dakota.
FARGO—North Dakota, bucking a national trend of continued declining imprisonment rates, saw its imprisonment rate climb 3 percent and its crime rate soar 13 percent in 2016. The numbers come from a Pew Charitable Trusts study, which noted ongoing reductions nationally in both the imprisonment and crime rates.
FARGO—Xcel Energy crews will fly to Puerto Rico to join efforts to restore power on an island devastated by Hurricane Maria. About 70 Xcel employees, including two from Fargo, will depart Monday, Jan. 29, for the island, where hundreds of thousands of people still lack electricity four months after the hurricane. "We asked for volunteers, and we got 'em," said Matt Lindstrom, an Xcel spokesman.
FARGO — Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., predicts the plan that will emerge from discussions to revamp the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project will include water storage north and south of F-M in order to mitigate impacts, both downstream and upstream. Minnesota's 7th District congressman also predicted the flood project's dam will be located closer to the city limits, which will affect more properties — and he believes the price tag could reach $4 billion, much higher than the $2.2 billion estimated.
FARGO, N.D. — The number of opioid-related deaths and overdoses that resulted in ambulance crews administering antidotes decreased sharply last year as the narcotic epidemic in the area showed signs of tapering off after peaking in 2016. Meanwhile, in a trend public health officials regard as encouraging, the number of clients enrolled at a local clinic prescribing methadone, which helps addicts wean themselves from opioids, has risen dramatically.