An overwhelming majority of voters favor legalizing recreational marijuana in North Dakota, according to an Inforum poll conducted this week. And while those casting ballots could live anywhere, North Dakotans favor the move by a nearly four-to-one margin. The poll, conducted through Polco, showed 514 of 624 poll-takers, or 82.4 percent, support legalization in the state, where voters will cast ballots on the measure Nov. 6.
BISMARCK-- While the REAL ID Act has been in effect since 2005, North Dakota's state legislature and Gov. Doug Burgum didn't sign the final bill for REAL ID in North Dakota until 2017. The primary reason for implementing the act is reducing identity fraud. According to the NDDOT website, certain security processes help identify and confirm the ID holder matches the person on the ID. With the REAL ID act in place, North Dakota residents won't be able to board domestic flights with their standard ID starting October 2020.
ST. PAUL-- On August 3, Forum News Service reported 3 people who were affected by a cryptosporidiosis outbreak at the Shades of Sherwood Campground near the southeastern Minnesota community of Zumbrota. Health officials now say the number of affected people has increased to at least 72 as of Thursday, August 9. The pool owner has taken the following precautions since the outbreak first occurred: • The swimming pool was temporarily closed and hyper-chlorinated to kill any existing Cryptosporidium. The pool has since reopened.
FARGO—The best time for people across the U.S. to witness one of the most "plentiful meteor showers" is coming up, according to NASA. During the Perseid meteor showers, most visible across the U.S. on Sunday, Aug. 12 and Monday, people may witness 50 to 100 meteors per hour in clear, summer night skies. The showers are active from July 14 to August 24, but peaks mid-August. The Perseids are debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle. The comet only orbits the sun once every 133 years, but the debris can be seen every year in the summer months.
ST. PAUL — Health officials have confirmed the first Minnesota case of measles in 2018 in a Hennepin County child. A 5-year-old who traveled internationally to a region where measles is common contracted the disease, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The child was most likely infectious from July 30 through August 7. The health department says if other cases popped up as a result of this case, symptoms would occur between now and August 28.
ST. PAUL—The Minnesota Department of Health is urging people to be aware of a cryptosporidiosis outbreak at the Shades of Sherwood Campground near the southeastern Minnesota community of Zumbrota. Investigators have identified three people sick with the illness with one having to be hospitalized. One of them was also infected by E. coli. The Minnesota Department of Health wants people to speak to them if they visited Shades of Sherwood Campground since July 1.
FARGO—Have you ever woken up to a loud tone from your phone in the middle of the night? It's not a text, not a call, not a notification from social media, but an emergency alert about a missing elderly person, child or weather alert. The Wireless Emergency Alert system was created in 2012 to notify people of these emergencies through their mobile devices. InForum.com has covered two different silver alerts in a span of four days in July 2018. Because these alerts have the potential to be so common, here is a guide to every emergency alert in North Dakota.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—A business in Arkansas is taking a new approach to how they design caskets for outdoorsman out there. Glory Boats builds caskets shaped as a fishing boat with three different camouflage options for people to choose from. Its website describes these boats as "vessels to convey the mortal remains of outdoors enthusiasts to that glorious, final harbor."
FARGO-- One of the Blue Angels aviators performing at the Fargo Airsho this weekend says he's from Houston, but he has some fans in Fargo. Commander Eric Doyle is the flight leader of the squad of six planes and has been a part of the Blue Angels for about 8 months. "My family's from here, " Doyle said. "Every airshow is unique, it has its own excitements and challenges. I'm excited to be here with so much family and Fargo is such a great community.
CHICAGO—Comcast users could soon miss out on Big Ten sports on both FS1 and the Big Ten Network, which could affect fans' viewing of the Minnesota Gophers and Wisconsin Badgers football games. Fox-owned BTN has had a deal with Comcast for 10 years, but the contract expires Aug. 31. FS1's contract will expire the same time. According to the president of BTN and Fox Sports, Mark Silverman, there is a real fear a contract may not be re-signed.