The University of North Dakota announced the voting dates for final selection of a nickname for UND's athletics teams. The voting process, which will be conducted completely online, will begin at 8:00 a.m. Central Time Monday, October 19 and will close at 12:00 midnight Central Time on Friday, October 23. In order to be eligible for the voting process, UND Alumni, Donors, Retirees and Current Season Ticket Holders must verify their emails by October 1. Here's how: Alumni and Donors: * The UND Alumni Association and Foundation needs your email address in order for you to vote. You can update your contact information with the organization at
www.undalumni.org/update<http://www.undalumni.org/update>. Retirees: * Retirees have received a mailing indicating instructions on how to register their emails.
urrent Season Ticket Holders: Current Season Ticket Holders (non-Champions Club) can contact the Ralph Engelstad Arena Box Office at 701.777.4689<tel:701.777.4689> between the hours of 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, or email firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>. Again, email addresses must be registered by October 1. As a reminder, UND students, faculty and staff will not need to register emails. These individuals already have validation of their UND email addresses. Announcements about the voting process, as well as the voting link, will be received at those UND email addresses.
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BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Jack Dalrymple today told members of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee that Congress should act quickly in passing a multiyear highway funding bill to avoid further delays in highway improvement projects. Dalrymple said North Dakota's strong economy has allowed for unprecedented state investments in highways and other transportation infrastructure. Still, federal funding is critical to meeting the state's growing transportation needs, and delays in fiscal year 2015 federal funding have delayed the bidding process on about $92 million in roadway projects, he said. "What we need is a strong, multiyear funding bill that provides certainty so that projects can move forward without delay," Dalrymple said. "Our transportation system is the backbone of our economy and quality of life. We can't continue to operate under short-term funding extensions that allow critical roadway projects to fall behind." Federal highway funding has become uncertain at a time of significant growth in North Dakota, Dalrymple told members of the committee, which is chaired by U.S. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota. North Dakota's current two-year transportation budget of about $2.8 billion, assumes that the state will receive about $616 million in federal, formula-based funding during the 2015-2017 biennium. Congress, however, is currently providing funding under an extension that expires Oct. 29, and there's no certainty as to when or how much additional federal funding will be available for projects already under development for the 2016 construction season, Dalrymple said. Dalrymple told committee members that he supports the highway bill passed by the Senate in July, which would provide states with a six-year highway bill that guarantees funding for at least the first three years, and he urged Congress to act soon in adopting a sound, multiyear funding package.
The Governor also told committee members that he supports efforts to improve rail safety, including the implementation of positive train control (PTC) technology. PTC equipment allows for remote monitor and control of trains. In 2008, Congress mandated that Class 1 railroad operators implement PTC on routes that carry passengers or potentially hazardous materials by Dec. 31, 2015. Most rail companies will not implement PTC by the end of the year, as current law requires, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Some rail companies have reported that they may stop service if Congress doesn't extend the PTC implementation deadline. Dalrymple urged Congress and the Federal Railroad Administration to work closely with the railroad industry so that PTC technology can be implemented as timely as possible and without major disruptions to North Dakota's and the nation's passenger and freight rail service. Other officials who attended the meeting included South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock.
First Care Health Center employees raised $600 through a Bake Sale and Salad Bar Luncheon for the Park River Area School District's Imagination Library program. First Care Health Center employee Deb McKee is pictured presenting the $600 check to Park River Area School District Librarian Rochelle Kovarik. The Imagination Library was started by Dolly Parton to promote literacy. Park River Area School District children from birth to age five that are enrolled in this program receive an age-appropriate book directly to their home every month.
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is investigating an increase in reported cases of salmonellosis, an infection caused by Salmonella bacteria. The illness can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting and fever. Since July 20, 22 cases of a particular strain of Salmonella (Salmonella Thompson) have been reported. Because the infections all have the same genetic pattern, they may have all originated from a common source. However, so far the investigation has not revealed a common food item, place or event where all of the cases may have been exposed. “Illness may be more severe in very young children, older individuals and those with underlying health problems or reduced immunity. People who experience symptoms consistent with a Salmonella infection should consider consulting with their health care provider,” according to Laura Cronquist, an epidemiologist with the Division of Disease Control. The investigation of the outbreak has been challenging. Of the 22 cases, 14 have been from Ward County. The cases who were not from Ward County reported travel to that area. According to Cronquist, “These investigations can be very complex when there is no obvious common exposure. One of the challenges is getting good histories from people. People can forget what or when they consume specific foods or drinks.” Cronquist added that if patients refer to electronic or paper calendars, checkbooks, online account statements, restaurant receipts or grocery store receipts, it may help them remember what they ate or drank. To assist in the investigation, NDDoH will be collecting information from randomly-contacted people who have not been ill and will compare that information to data that has been collected from people who were ill. This may help narrow down the cause of the infection. The NDDoH is working with the public health programs at the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University to gather this information. “If a resident happens to receive one of these calls, we hope they will take time to answer the surveyor’s questions,” said Cronquist.
A Grafton man has been charged with 26 counts of possessing child pornography after investigators allegedly found pornographic images of young boys on his phone.Jeremy Zejdlik, 42, went before a judge Friday to face the charges, all Class C felonies, in Walsh County District Court. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Zejdlik was arrested in late April after law enforcement received a tip that an Internet user with a specific IP address was uploading pornographic images of boys using his Facebook account, according to the complaint filed against Zejdlik in court. Deputy Delicia Glaze with the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department received the tip, the complaint says, and traced the IP address to Zejdlik.
When Glaze and two other deputies met Zejdlik on April 22 at his Grafton residence, Zejdlik allowed them to search his phone, on which Glaze allegedly found eight pictures of young boys either naked or only wearing underwear, the complaint says Zejdlik allegedly admitted to going to a certain website and downloading child pornography, according to an affidavit penned by Glaze. He allowed the officers to seize his laptop, two iPads and a hard drive to search for more child pornography. After analyzing Zejdlik’s electronics, investigators found 26 images in which minor children were being sexually abused, according to court records. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children identified known child pornography victims in each of the 26 images, according to court records. Zejdlik was scheduled to be arraigned Friday, but did not enter a plea Friday, according to a court administration official. His next court date has not been set.
Whooping cranes are in the midst of their fall migration and sightings will increase as they make their way through North Dakota over the next several weeks. Anyone seeing these birds as they move through the state is asked to report sightings so the birds can be tracked.
Whoopers stand about five feet tall and have a wingspan of about seven feet from tip to tip. They are bright white with black wing tips, which are visible only when the wings are outspread. In flight they extend their long necks straight forward, while their long, slender legs extend out behind the tail. Whooping cranes typically migrate singly, or in groups of 2-3 birds, and may be associated with sandhill cranes.
Other white birds such as snow geese, swans and egrets are often mistaken for whooping cranes. The most common misidentification is pelicans, because their wingspan is similar and they tuck their pouch in flight, leaving a silhouette similar to a crane when viewed from below.
Anyone sighting whoopers should not disturb them, but record the date, time, location, and the birds' activity. Observers should also look closely for and report colored bands which may occur on one or both legs. Whooping cranes have been marked with colored leg bands to help determine their identity.
Whooping crane sightings should be reported to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office at Lostwood, 701-848-2466, or Long Lake, 701-387-4397, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Bismarck, 701-328-6300, or to local game wardens across the state. Reports help biologists locate important whooping crane habitat areas, monitor marked birds, determine survival and population numbers, and identify times and migration routes.
Congressman Kevin Cramer released the following statement after Democratic Presidential candidate and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced her opposition to building the Keystone XL Pipeline. "It's been seven years this week since TransCanada first applied for a permit to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. Hillary Clinton's announcement just confirms what everyone has known for all these years. As Secretary of State, her tenure was marked with delays and excuses in the Keystone XL approval process. The Democratic Party and Secretary Clinton continue to be held hostage by the views of radical environmentalists with nothing to lose. It is ironic Hillary Clinton thinks the Keystone Xl Pipeline would contribute to global warming when the reality is the project will have lower emissions than shipping it by rail, truck and barge to global markets. Her argument is completely false and raises the question of the integrity of her entire position. This project would create thousands of high-paying jobs, replace crude oil from Venezuela with crude from our friend and ally, Canada, and provide the safest transportation via pipeline to name a few of the many benefits this project brings to bear." Cramer sponsored H.R. 3, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, which would approve the pipeline project and passed on a bipartisan majority with 238 Republicans and 28 Democrats voting in favor on January 9.
Kristi Magnuson Nelson, president of Hugo’s Family Marketplace, was presented the North Dakota Grocer of the Year Award from the North Dakota Grocers Association at the group’s convention in Fargo on Sept. 14.
Hugo’s Family Marketplace was founded in 1939 by Hugo and Dorothy Magnuson in Grand Forks. Nelson’s grandfather, Hugo, and father, Curt, are past recipients of this award.
Nelson grew up working in the family grocery business in Grand Forks. At age 13, she began bagging groceries at the South Washington Hugo’s Piggly Wiggly. She graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice and worked at Tri-County Community Corrections in Crookston, Minnesota, for a number of years. In 1998, she began working alongside her father and grandfather in the operations area of the business as the director of marketing and advertising. In 2007, after her father passed away, Nelson took over the lead position in running and growing the family business. Hugo’s currently operates 10 grocery stores located in Grand Forks (four), East Grand Forks, Crookston, Thief River Falls, Jamestown, Grafton and Park Rapids and five liquor stores located in Grand Forks, East Grand Forks, Jamestown and Grafton.
“Receiving this award is a great honor to myself, my family and our team,” said Nelson. “We are extremely thankful for the support and dedication of our team members and the communities that we have served over the past 76 years.”
Nelson has been active in the Grand Forks/East Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce serving on the board of directors and a variety of committees, including the leadership, youth leadership and finance committees; she currently is chair of the board of directors. Nelson also serves on the board of directors for the local Prairie Harvest Foundation, North Dakota Grocers Association and Minnesota Grocers Association. She previously served on the board of directors of the local United Way, and she is a past recipient of the National Grocers Association’s Spirit of America Award.
All Drivers License offices statewide will be closed on Wednesday, September 23 and Thursday, September 24. The closure will allow North Dakota Department of Transportation Drivers License employees to receive required annual training. All Drivers License sites will resume normal business hours on Friday, September 25. Motor Vehicle offices will remain open as scheduled, and will process vehicle registrations, vehicle titles, vehicle license plates and tabs, and associated work as usual.
You still have time to sign up for this year’s Master Gardener training.
If you love gardening and sharing your knowledge with others, consider becoming a North Dakota Master Gardener volunteer in collaboration with the North Dakota State University Extension Service.
This year’s Master Gardener training program will run for 10 weeks beginning Oct. 2 and ending Dec. 11.
The course will be offered online and in a traditional classroom setting. Classroom training will be held Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. No classes will be held the week of Thanksgiving.
“If weekday morning classes conflict with your schedule, watch online lectures in the comfort of your home on your own schedule,” says Esther McGinnis, NDSU Extension horticulturist and North Dakota Master Gardener director. “For those who prefer traditional learning, classroom training will be conducted in Bismarck, Cooperstown, Ellendale, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot, Rugby, Steele, Watford City and Williston.”
Course topics include annual and perennial flowers, tree selection and maintenance, soil health, composting, plant diseases and pests, and vegetable and fruit production. NDSU faculty and Extension personnel teach the classes.
Once participants complete the training, they are known as Master Gardener interns. They must volunteer 48 hours of time during a two-year period on horticultural projects in their home counties. After that, they will earn a Master Gardener certificate.
Projects include answering questions at county fairs, organizing horticultural workshops, and managing school and community gardens.
Tuition for the 2015 class is $150 for those wishing to become a certified master gardener or $400 for those just interested in taking the class. Computer knowledge, Internet access and an email account are required.
Class size is limited; the class will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration deadline is Sept. 11. A registration form is available athttps://www.ag.ndsu.edu/mastergardener/. For more information, contact your local NDSU Extension Service office or McGinnis at (701) 231-7406 firstname.lastname@example.org.