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FARGO—The immunization rates for North Dakota school children, which once lagged among the 10 lowest in the nation, have risen in recent years as officials have joined together to boost vaccinations. New figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that North Dakota's immunization rate for measles, mumps and rubella has reached 93.8 percent, which almost matches the national median, 94 percent.
The immunization rates for North Dakota schoolchildren, which once lagged among the 10 lowest in the nation, have risen in recent years as officials have joined together to boost vaccinations. New figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that North Dakota's immunization rate for measles, mumps and rubella has reached 93.8 percent, which almost matches the national median, 94 percent.
Barbara Johnson's life as she'd known it ceased to exist for a reason that she once tried desperately to hide. As happens to some older women, especially those who have given birth to children, she was plagued by incontinence. Her condition became so severe that she avoided venturing outside her home once she retired. "I was pretty much housebound," she said. "It was just a devastating and degrading situation in my life."
LAS VEGAS – Beau and Adrianne Flom and two other couples are devoted country music fans. All regularly attended WE Fest concerts together as a summer ritual. So it seemed natural that the three couples would travel together to attend the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a three-day celebration of country music near Mandalay Bay casino on the strip in Las Vegas. “It was just a fun event,” Flom said, recalling their decision to attend.
FARGO — President Dean Bresciani delivered a pep talk to a North Dakota State University campus that is weathering steep budget cuts but has managed to accomplish "achievement despite adversity." In his eighth State of the University address, delivered on Friday, Sept. 29, as NDSU celebrates its homecoming, Bresciani focused on achievements by faculty and students, including top-tier research.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Mark Hagerott, chancellor of the North Dakota University System, barely escaped an attempt by some members of the State Board of Higher Education to scrutinize his contract at a time when his office is in turmoil. In a deadlocked 4-4 vote on Thursday, Sept. 28, the board rejected a motion to hold a special meeting to discuss Hagerott's contract in light of possible litigation. Hagerott, whose management style came under criticism in a review last year, has asked for an investigation, claiming the criticism was fallout from a political controversy.
FARGO — Advocates representing a coalition of groups opposed to the latest Republican plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act said the legislation would harm the most vulnerable North Dakotans by making health insurance too costly or impossible to obtain. The pleas to kill the measure came just hours before U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the Senate majority leader, decided to pull the legislation because it lacked the votes to pass. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., supported the legislation, while U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., opposed it.
FARGO—North Dakota's top election official is "puzzled" the state was targeted by hackers who tried to breach voting databases in more than 20 states. Al Jaeger, North Dakota's secretary of state, said the hacking attempt was unsuccessful. He credited security measures for thwarting it. "We understand that our election systems were targeted," Jaeger said Monday, Sept. 25. "They were not breached."
FARGO—Never mind that Fargo-Moorhead has a population well short of 1 million. Admittedly, the metro area couldn't immediately fill 50,000 open job positions. And coming up with 500,000 square feet of available space would be a challenge. But, undaunted by those requirements, local economic development leaders are entering the sweepstakes to become Amazon's second corporate headquarters city, commonly dubbed HQ2.
FARGO—Patients at Sanford's Roger Maris Cancer Center soon will be treated by a new linear accelerator to precisely deliver radiation therapy as part of an expansion project that also includes a bigger lobby. The new linear accelerator—the third at the cancer center—will go into service Monday, Oct. 2, and Sanford will host an open house for the expansion project on Monday, Sept. 18.