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FARGO — North Dakota Treasurer Kelly Schmidt has come out against a legislative proposal to tap the Legacy Fund to create a revolving loan fund to finance public works projects. The voter-approved Legacy Fund, which receives 30 percent of state petroleum revenues, has received deposits exceeding $4.25 billion since it began accumulating in 2011. Including investment earnings, the fund has a balance of more than $5.42 billion.
WEST FARGO—Sara Schmidt teaches special education classes at South Elementary School. She's attuned to signs that a pupil could be frustrated—crumpling an assignment sheet, for instance—and she tries to intervene before agitation can flare into something more serious. "The goal is to be proactive, to not be reactive," when a student's behavior turns potentially disruptive, she said. "These situations do happen." To defuse the student's anger, she might say: "I can see you're frustrated. Do you want to take a break?"
FARGO—North Dakota State University is seeking approval to hire a law firm to defend a lawsuit by a construction company to recover $1.3 million for what it said were extra costs incurred for an accelerated completion deadline for a classroom building. The dispute involves costs associated with the $29.4 million A. Glenn Hill Center, which houses classrooms and laboratories for teaching courses in STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
FARGO — North Dakota University System students are overwhelmingly seeking a degree and most get the vast majority of their instruction in a traditional classroom, according to a new report.
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.
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, 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.
FARGO — The late Katharine Graham, once publisher of the Washington Post, is becoming known to a new generation through Meryl Streep's portrayal of her in "The Post." The movie, which stars Streep as Graham and Tom Hanks as her swashbuckling editor, Ben Bradlee, opens in theaters Friday, Jan. 12. William C. Marcil, former longtime publisher of The Forum and chairman of Forum Communications Co., knew Graham as Kay. He found her somewhat reserved and "very businesslike" in her dealings, but said she became more open over time.
FARGO—North Dakota State University has made some inroads in curbing alcohol abuse among its student body in the decade since a group began fostering a healthy culture, but binge drinking remains a stubborn problem. University administrators credit the President's Council for Campus Well-Being, a group of about 35 faculty, students and staff created a decade ago, with encouraging social alternatives to drinking alcohol, including late-night, alcohol free campus activities.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed members to his task force to study North Dakota's higher education governance structure and help public colleges and universities better meet the state's "educational and workforce needs." The 14 task force members, announced Thursday, Dec. 21, were selected from a pool of more than 230 applicants, which Burgum said reflected "intense interest" and "demonstrates the passion North Dakotans feel toward their higher education system."