FARGO — About 6,000 students throughout North Dakota have been participating in an "Hour of Code" during national computer science education week. Gov. Doug Burgum and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler have encouraged changes to be made in K-12 education to emphasize computer science and online safety. Jackie Brown, a language arts teacher at Discovery Middle School, was in charge of bringing out the fun in coding for her sixth-grade students. She said the skill can help bring out what students have a desire in doing.
WASHINGTON — Congress is approaching the end of this year's session and the farm bill is still being discussed, but Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., is confident it will be passed. "Getting a final farm bill passed before the end of the year is so important. Minnesota farmers need the certainty this bill is going to provide. I'm optimistic we're going to get that done," Smith said. One feature of the bill is a Community Connect Program that would help spread broadband access to rural and tribal communities, according to Smith.
HUNTER, N.D. — Six different school districts in North Dakota are getting improved mental health counseling access in their schools. The locations include the Northern Cass, Central Cass, Kindred, Hillsboro, Milnor, and Wyndmere school districts. United Way of Cass-Clay, the Burgum Foundation and North Dakota public school districts recently joined together to expand services to the point mental health services can now be provided to the school districts one or two days a week.
FARGO — The Fargodome Authority is considering a potential plan for a Fargodome expansion that contemplates a possible 45,000-square-foot conference center that would be attached to the dome on the south side. Other possible changes include adding more accessible seating for those who are disabled, new club and suite seating, new concessions areas, and a bathroom and other changes to the press box.
BISMARCK — What began as a class project has led to a bill to be presented in the upcoming North Dakota legislative session about how school make-up days can be eliminated. Jamestown legislators Rep. Bernie Satrom and Rep. James Grueneich, both Republican, decided to research and draft a bill that will replace make-up days with virtual classrooms on the cancelled days at brick-and-mortar schools.
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.