|Plane debate continues and not all horses need to be fedINFORUM / 25 min. ago more|
INFORUMA long-running debate among Neighbors' readers concerns the World War II-era military plane that a local man saw crash in Louisiana he thought just before Pearl Harbor. The man who...
|The man who had people worried about Sept. 23 apocalypse has a new doomsday dateINFORUM / 32 min. ago more|
FCCNNThe man whose biblical doomsday claim had people worried about Sept. 23, 2017, is not backing down. The world did not end over the weekend, and David Meade, a self-described...
|Trump praises 'great anger' after some booed Dallas Cowboys for taking a kneeINFORUM / 45 min. ago more|
FCCNNWASHINGTON - President Donald Trump resumed his sparring with the NFL early Tuesday, asserting there was the loudest booing he "had ever heard" when the entire Dallas Cowboys team dropped...
|Weather Talk: The Great Hurricane of 1938 struck NortheastINFORUM / 1 h. 15 min. ago more|
INFORUMThe terrible hurricane disasters of recent weeks bring to mind the powerful hurricane that struck Long Island, N.Y., and much of New England on Sept. 21, 1938. Briefly a Category...
|Community Heritage Wall public art piece tells the story of Badger, Minn.INFORUM / 1 h. 36 min. ago more|
FCCNNBADGER, Minn.—Like most stained-glass artists, Sherri Kruger started small with plaques, decorative crosses and similar pieces. Now she's hit the big time—so to speak—with a panel that's 24 feet long...
|Job seekers can meet with employers at Fall Fargo Job Fair - WDAZGoogle News / 2 h. 35 min. ago more|
WDAZJob seekers can meet with employers at Fall Fargo Job FairWDAZThe Fall Fargo Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at the Delta Hotel by Marriott in Fargo. The job fair features 75 employers, including Sanford Health, Coca-Cola, Bell Bank and Eventide Senior Communities. Anyone searching for a job is ...and more »
|2 people taken to hospital after rollover crash in Polk Co. INFORUM / 6 h. 32 min. ago more|
WDAYPolk County, Minn. --Two people were taken to the hospital after crash here Monday evening. Authorities say it happened around 6:30 at the intersection of County Road 54 and County...
|BROST: Add bean dips to your football fareINFORUM / 7 h. 55 min. ago more|
FCCNNDULUTH — It is fall and football season. Gathering to attend a game or watch one on television is part of life in northern Minnesota. Food and football usually bring...
|TIMBERWOLVES: Athletic Jefferson catches Thibodeau's eyeINFORUM / 8 h. 41 min. ago more|
FCCNNIn a response to a question Sunday, Sept. 24, Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau ran through his thoughts on players battling for rosters spot in training camp. On Marcus...
|'This magical life:' Sandy Buttweiler leaving local radio after 35 yearsINFORUM / 9 h. 2 min. ago more|
INFORUMFARGO—Sandy Buttweiler is passionate about many things-- radio, veterans, children, friendships and baseball, to name a few. But one thing tops all: her family. A desire to spend more time...
|ScoreboardINFORUM / 9 h. 7 min. ago more|
INFORUMHockey 6 Professional Results/schedule National Hockey League Preseason Sunday, September 24 Nashville 5, Columbus 3 Florida 4, Tampa Bay 2 Colorado 5, Minnesota 1 Vegas 4, Anaheim 2...
|Moorhead hires a Fargo official as assistant city manager - West Fargo PioneerGoogle News / 9 h. 57 min. ago more|
West Fargo PioneerMoorhead hires a Fargo official as assistant city managerWest Fargo PioneerFrom left, co-founder and CEO of Myriad Mobile Jake Joraanstad, community development administrator for the City of Fargo Dan Mahli, and senior vice president for the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation John Machacek testify ...and more »
|Moorhead passes 'Inclusive Community' resolution - West Fargo PioneerGoogle News / 10 h. 8 min. ago more|
West Fargo PioneerMoorhead passes 'Inclusive Community' resolutionWest Fargo PioneerBut in light of now-cancelled plans for a KKK rally next month in Fargo-Moorhead and recent crime against Somali-Americans in the community, she said it was time to make a statement against hate. "[There's] a growing sense of divisiveness in our ...and more »
|'This magical life:' Sandy Buttweiler leaving local radio after 35 years - West Fargo PioneerGoogle News / 10 h. 8 min. ago more|
West Fargo Pioneer'This magical life:' Sandy Buttweiler leaving local radio after 35 yearsWest Fargo PioneerExcept for a two year stint at WCCO-AM in Minneapolis, the rest of the long run was all in Fargo. Buttweiler worked at KFGO three separate times, with partner Jack Sunday on "The Jack & Sandy Show" and at WDAY twice, on "Noonday with Jack & Sandy" and ...and more »
|Moorhead passes 'Inclusive Community' resolution West Fargo Pioneer / 10 h. 18 min. ago more|
INFORUMMOORHEAD — A full council chambers erupted in applause Monday, Sept. 25, after members unanimously approved a resolution declaring the community is inclusive and stands united against intolerance. The resolution...
|Moorhead hires a Fargo official as assistant city managerWest Fargo Pioneer / 10 h. 21 min. ago more|
INFORUMMOORHEAD — Dan Mahli, who heads up the city of Fargo's community development efforts, is going to work as the city of Moorhead's new assistant city manager. Moorhead City Manager...
|Fargo Library puts on Escape Room themed event - WDAY6Google News / 11 h. 25 min. ago more|
WDAY6Fargo Library puts on Escape Room themed eventWDAY6FARGO—The Fargo Public Library is putting kids' minds to the test with a series of Escape Room events. Teams of eight paired up for three sessions of what's called "Escape the Library!" They were tasked with working together through a room of hidden ...and more »
|National anthem tradition at pro games started in big way 99 years agoWest Fargo Pioneer / 11 h. 26 min. ago more|
INFORUMFARGO—It's becoming America's latest spectator sport: Watching who stands or kneels during the national anthem at sporting events. The latest chapter in the ongoing debate over patriotism was brought about...
|Teen bicyclist struck, killed by car in Fargo was hit deliberately by vehicle in 2014, parents sayWest Fargo Pioneer / 11 h. 32 min. ago more|
INFORUM FARGO — The 19-year-old bicyclist who died here as a result of injuries suffered when he was hit and dragged by a car last week was also struck and...
|Teen bicyclist struck, killed by car in Fargo was hit deliberately by vehicle in 2014, parents say - West Fargo PioneerGoogle News / 11 h. 33 min. ago more|
West Fargo PioneerTeen bicyclist struck, killed by car in Fargo was hit deliberately by vehicle in 2014, parents sayWest Fargo PioneerWest was riding his bike shortly after 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, when he was hit by a BMW driven by Theodore William Kleiman, 71, a Fargo pediatrician. According to Fargo police, West and his bike were dragged underneath the BMW for one block before ...and more »
|Hagerott requests investigation of alleged political pressure, 'defamatory' campaign West Fargo Pioneer / 11 h. 38 min. ago more|
FCCNNBISMARCK — North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott has called for a formal investigation of what he describes as a political attempt to influence his office in the most...
|McFeely: Trump's feud with NFL players is about race and place in societyWest Fargo Pioneer / 11 h. 38 min. ago more|
INFORUMThe only word the president and many of his supporters are leaving out is "uppity." As in "uppity NFL players." Uppity Colin Kaepernick. Uppity black athletes. Uppity SOBs. Uppity n-words....
|ND voter database not breached by hackers, says state's top election officialWest Fargo Pioneer / 13 h. 42 min. ago more|
INFORUMFARGO—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...
|Former Moorhead restaurant worker pleads guilty to recording women while they use bathroomWest Fargo Pioneer / 13 h. 49 min. ago more|
INFORUMMOORHEAD—A Moorhead man pleaded guilty on Monday, Sept. 25, in Clay County District Court to a charge of interfering with the privacy of someone under 18 by hiding a camera...
|Fargo Police Department warns of new scam involving 'e-citations' - West Fargo PioneerGoogle News / 15 h. 2 min. ago more|
West Fargo PioneerFargo Police Department warns of new scam involving 'e-citations'West Fargo PioneerFARGO—The Fargo Police Department is warning residents about a new scam to our area involving traffic citations received via email. Neither the city of Fargo nor the Fargo Police Department issues "e-cites," or, electronic citations, according to a ...Fargo Police Warn of Another Ticket Scam Hitting the MetroKVRRall 3 news articles »
|40 years later, downtown Fargo's pioneer of nightlife gets his day - INFORUMGoogle News / 16 h. 40 min. ago more|
INFORUM40 years later, downtown Fargo's pioneer of nightlife gets his dayINFORUMAckley said he's happy right where he is, 40 years older and wiser—and he'll get a proclamation from Mayor Tim Mahoney and a party thrown by friends to mark his achievement of possibly the longest continuous management of a bar in Fargo's history.and more »
|Fargo Police issue soon-to-be grandpa ultrasound 'citation' - Valley News LiveGoogle News / 21 h. 54 min. ago more|
Valley News LiveFargo Police issue soon-to-be grandpa ultrasound 'citation'Valley News LiveFARGO, N.D. (AP) A Bismarck police officer teamed up with his friend from the Fargo police force to give his father a surprise he'll likely never forget. Damien Girodat's dad was expecting a ticket when he was pulled over while driving in Fargo ...and more »
|NDUS Vice Chancellor FiredThe Spectrum / 23 h. 24 min. ago more|
Dr. Lisa Feldner, vice chancellor of the North Dakota University System, was fired after accusations were brought against her by Chancellor Mark Hagerott. The accusations claim Feldner made derogatory comments and speculated termination of staff members. Feldner was brought in as vice chancellor for information technology and institutional research in 2013 after serving as chief information officer for NDUS since 2006. NDUS hired Hagerott in the summer of 2015. According to sources in Feldner’s personnel file, accessed by The Forum through open records requests, there was a confrontation between Hagerott and Feldner that apparently led to her firing. Numerous exchanges between the chancellor and vice chancellor proved to be contentious. The tensions between Feldner and Hagerott began in August 2017, when Hagerott presented Feldner with a letter bringing accusations against her. In the letter, dated Aug. 23, Hagerott claims that on several occasions Feldner made “derogatory references pertaining to other staff members, past staff members or speculated as to the likely performance failure of members (of the larger North Dakota University System) even to include speculation of the possible termination of employees.” Feldner “was dismissed without cause from her position effective Sept. 14, 2017,” according to Billie Jo Lorius, communications director for NDUS. “Under (State Board of Higher Education policy), an employee excluded from the broad banding system may be dismissed without cause pursuant to written notice,” Lorius noted. University system policy allows for higher level staff without civil service protections to be fired “without cause.” “We thank Dr. Feldner for her service to the North Dakota University System and wish her well in her future endeavors,” Lorius said. Recent comments by Rep. Roscoe Streyle, a Republican from Minot, claim Hagerott fired Feldner to make room in the budget to hire a former “Navy buddy.” The recent release of the 2016 staff survey makes claims that Hagerott is “militaristic” and “controlling” with more respect for men than for women. Since the firing of Feldner, numerous staff members within the university system have come forward to express their disappointment with the recent hiring of the Chancellor’s associate from the Navy. Recent reports have surfaced following Feldner’s termination, claiming Hagerott had made derogatory comments and disrespected staff, noting a lack of leadership. Chancellor Hagerott and Dr. Feldner could not be reached for comment. Student member of the State Board of Higher Education, Jacob Dailey declined to comment on Feldner’s termination. The post NDUS Vice Chancellor Fired appeared first on The Spectrum.
|Bicyclist dies days after being hit by car in Fargo | North Dakota ... - Bismarck TribuneGoogle News / 1 d. 10 h. 50 min. ago more|
Bismarck TribuneBicyclist dies days after being hit by car in Fargo | North Dakota ...Bismarck TribuneFARGO -- A bicyclist who was struck and dragged by a vehicle has died several days after the accident.and more »
|In parched North Dakota, cloud-seeding irks some farmersFargo News / 1 d. 20 h. 26 min. ago more|
In this Sept. 20, 2017 photo, Neil Brackin, president of Weater Modification, Inc., a North Dakota company that conducts cloud seeding operations, checks seeding flares installed on the wings of one of the planes outside the company's hangar in Fargo, N.D. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum asked the state Water Commission to review the project after ... (more)
|1 news 19-year-old from southern Utah dies after being hit on bicycle ...Fargo News / 2 d. 3 h. 2 min. ago more|
A man from Hildale was removed from life support Saturday, three days after a car hit and dragged him in North Dakota. The parents of Randy Jessop, 19, said on Facebook that their son was kept on life support long enough to harvest his organs for donation.
|Passing the batonFargo News / 2 d. 7 h. 14 min. ago more|
Submitted Photo Representatives from Bishop Ryan High School pose for a photograph during the March for Life Jan. 27 in Washington, D.C. Sommer Bradley is fourth from right and McKenna Beeter is sixth from left. McKenna Beeter and Sommer Bradley soaked up the atmosphere at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., last January.
|Good Samaritan finds phone, returns it to ownerFargo News / 2 d. 11 h. 32 min. ago more|
For many people, losing a phone means not only losing phone numbers, but tons of memories that you've captured through photos and videos. A lot of times, lost phones never find their way back to the rightful owner.
|Car collides with semi in West FargoSaturday, September 23WEST FARGO, ...Fargo News / 2 d. 22 h. 46 min. ago more|
The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the driver of a car suffered minor injuries after her vehicle struck a semi on I-94 in West Fargo. Alicia Smith of West Fargo was westbound at the west Main Avenue interchange when she crossed over the centerline into the eastbound path of the semi.
|New testing protocols cut costsFargo News / 3 d. 13 h. 47 min. ago more|
The National Agricultural Genotyping Center located in Fargo, North Dakota, has put new testing protocols in place to identify corn diseases. "Farming is a complicated pursuit that involves many choices.
|Fargo and Moorhead city leaders asked to approve resolution against...Fargo News / 3 d. 18 h. 18 min. ago more|
Following a string of hate crimes and hate speech in Fargo and Moorhead, organized labor has taken the lead, asking local leaders to approve an anti-hate resolution.a Mark Froemke, a regional AFL-CIO leader, said the resolution supports an "inclusive community," and will put Fargo and Moorhead on record, denouncing racist actions. He said, "it's apolitical.
|Russian wheat output shocks marketsFargo News / 4 d. 3 h. 31 min. ago more|
Russian wheat farmers have been partying this year, and the world market is likely to be nursing a hangover for two years, say analysts. The massive size of the Russian wheat crop not only pushes their grain exports to the limit for this year but will leave huge stockpiles for the 2018-19 crop year.
|Packages stolen from front porch of south Fargo homeFargo News / 4 d. 7 h. 48 min. ago more|
Online shopping is a convenient way to order items you may need or want, and find them on your doorstep. But a couple in a south Fargo neighborhood is warning neighbors that someone may be stealing packages.
|University President is retiringFargo News / 4 d. 9 h. 52 min. ago more|
Longtime University of Jamestown President Robert S. Badal says he will retire next year. Badal announced Thursday that he will retire effective Feb. 28, 2018.
|West Fargo police are looking for answers after an officer's vehicle was shot atFargo News / 4 d. 14 h. 13 min. ago more|
On Wednesday night, the West Fargo police department responded to a call of a parked vehicle that had some damage from someone firing a gun at it. Police say the gun was fired up to four times and that damage was done to the rear and front windshields.
|Car owned by Fargo police officer shot in West FargoThursday,...Fargo News / 4 d. 14 h. 13 min. ago more|
West Fargo police are trying to find who's responsible for shooting out two windows on a car parked along a city street. Lt. Greg Warren says the incident happened around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 800 block of 3rd Street East.
|West Fargo officers meet baby they helped deliver the night beforeFargo News / 4 d. 14 h. 13 min. ago more|
A new born and her mom are doing just fine thanks in large part to two West Fargo police officers who helped deliver the baby girl. Stephani Krueger thought she might be going into labor Wednesday night so she and her husband Dustin were dropping off their son and dog at her parents place in West Fargo before heading to Sanford Hospital.
|Fargo mobile home gutted in fire: Investigation underway into...Fargo News / 4 d. 21 h. 23 min. ago more|
Investigators are looking into the cause of a fire that heavily damaged an unoccupied trailer in the Van Raden Mobile home Park in north Fargo Thursday morning. Firefighters found flames and smoke coming from one of the windows.
|Burgum Announces Innovative Education Task ForceThe Spectrum / 4 d. 23 h. 24 min. ago more|
Gov. Doug Burgum announced Sept. 12 the creation of the Innovative Education Task Force. The objective is to improve the public education in the state in order to advance North Dakota’s commitment to being a leader in the innovation of education. The task force will attempt to improve and better the best practices North Dakota educators are using and provide the government with direction on policy creation that aligns with current educational needs. “State and educational leaders across North Dakota recognize that a traditional teaching model, where knowledge transfer happened almost exclusively through books in a classroom, isn’t reflective of the 21st century,” Burgum said. Kristen Baesler, North Dakota superintendent of Public Instruction, and other community leaders joined the governor at the State Capitol. They announced the Task Force would be made up of people who have backgrounds in education, youth development, business and community leadership. It also is being assembled to better represent 21st century technology and economies. “With most of the world’s expanding, abundant and real-time information available online, knowledge transfer can happen anytime, anywhere, and in a variety of ways. In order to help our students succeed in a global economy driven by dramatic, rapid and powerful changes in technology, we need to harness new approaches and new possibilities to provide students with innovative, project-based, experiential learning opportunities that better prepare them to be global citizens and lifelong learners.” The task force will accept 11 to 15 member applications who will represent people across North Dakota as leaders of education. The group will meet for the first time Oct. 12 at the State Capitol. “I’m very excited to see how this innovative task force will better inform our work for our students of North Dakota,” Baesler said. Anyone interested in serving on the Innovative Education Task Force should submit an application via the Boards section on www.governor.nd.gov by Oct. 4. The post Burgum Announces Innovative Education Task Force appeared first on The Spectrum.
|Possible Insider Trading Amidst HackThe Spectrum / 7 d. 23 h. 24 min. ago more|
WIKICOMMONS | PHOTO COURTESYHeidi Heitkamp is one of 36 senators calling for an investigation regarding stock sales. “If that happened, somebody needs to go to jail,” Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said. “It’s a huge problem when people can act with impunity with no consequences.” Heitkamp made these comments at a credit union industry conference in Washington in response to three executives who sold nearly $2 million in Equifax shares between July 29 and the public announcement of the hack Sept. 7. Thirty-six senators, including Heitkamp, are calling for federal authorities to investigate these sales. “How is that not insider trading?” Heitkamp said. According to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, insider trading is the buying or selling of stocks with knowledge of nonpublic information. Traders who are found guilty of insider trading can serve a maximum of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $5 million. According to Equifax, criminals “(exploited) a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files.” These files included sensitive data that include names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driver’s license numbers. Other information the criminals pulled include credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 U.S. consumers. The hack occurred from mid-May through July and impacts approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. Equifax discovered the hack July 29 and stock has plummeted since. The stock has dropped roughly 35 percent — closing on July 28 at $145.09 per share and $94.05 Sept. 14. “This clearly is a disappointing event for our company,” Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard F. Smith said. “I apologize to consumers and our business customers for the concern and frustration this causes.” “While we’ve made significant investments in data security, we recognize we must do more,” Smith said. Part of this effort to do more includes the establishment of a website to help consumers determine if their information has been potentially impacted and helps consumers sign up for credit file monitoring and identity theft protection. The post Possible Insider Trading Amidst Hack appeared first on The Spectrum.
|Drekker Brews Up New LocationThe Spectrum / 7 d. 23 h. 24 min. ago more|
The local brewing company is restoring a historical building just west of downtown Fargo. The new location will triple the space of Drekker Brewing Company and is fully equipped with a large patio, taproom with open views of the brewery and multiple spaces for community events. “Having two breweries gives us some unique opportunities that we’ll be exploring as the project progresses,” Drekker president Mark Bjornstad said. Most locals know the building as the Smith Building because of a faint logo passersby can see from First Avenue. “We’ve had our eyes on this building since the very early stages of planning our company,” Bjornstad said. The building was originally constructed in the 1880s. Drekker Brewing is now producing as much beer as space allows in their current facility — doubling its production from their opening three years ago. This additional facility will allow them to double their production again. “We’re designing this new brewery to not only make more beer, but do it with respect to quality, efficiency and environmental impact,” Darin Montplaisir, Drekker’s head brewer, said. “It’s also exciting to design a new brewhouse that will allow us to expand on the unique and experimental styles we’ve been brewing over the last couple years.” The brewery will preserve and show off the original exposed brick and wooden trusses while adding in new skylights and windows, which will enclose the new state of the art brewing equipment. “We’re so excited to breathe life back into this historic building and to be a part of the movement that’s expanding the energy of downtown Fargo westward,” Bjornstad said. “This is only possible because of the amazing support we’ve received from this community.” Drekker Brewing distributes to the Fargo-Moorhead and Grand Forks areas, as well as partial distribution to other North Dakota and Minnesota towns. The post Drekker Brews Up New Location appeared first on The Spectrum.
|Dicamba Delivers DistressThe Spectrum / 7 d. 23 h. 24 min. ago more|
Dicamba, a common herbicide meant to kill weeds, is proving to also negatively affect soybeans that aren’t yet adapted to the chemical. The soybeans experience leaf cupping — an inhibition of sunlight intake that affects the photosynthesis process — and can lessen bean density within a few days of application of the chemical according to three North Dakota State faculty members; post doctoral research fellow Dipayan Sarkar, associate professor in the plant sciences department Kirk Howatt and professor and weeds specialist Richard Zollinger. All of them spoke about what dicamba is and what it does. This herbicide is typically used to control broad leaf weeds and, up until recently, was mostly used in corn and wheat crops. The reason it’s now used with soybeans, which is a broadleaf plant, is because a portion of soybean plants have become resistant to this herbicide. That’s where the issue gets tricky. Only some soybean plants have the resistance, not all. The problem some farmers are seeing is the demise of their soybean crop. There are a few possible reasons for this that all trace back to dicamba. One possibility is the movement of the spray from one crop to another by a breeze coming through at the time the herbicide is distributed. “It can vaporize and move to another plant,” Sarkar said, which is a problem when the crops aren’t resistant to dicamba. “Most of the growers are still growing the Roundup ready soybean which is not resistant to dicamba, but you have some plot where you have Roundup and dicamba resistant, and then you spray (dicamba) there and it drifts with the air,” Sarkar continued. “That is what is causing the problems. These problems are more prominent where temperature is high. Most of the injury from dicamba is more prominent in the southern states.” If this is the case, why are we using it? “Dicamba has been registered since the mid-60s,” Howatt said, and because of rigorous testing, harm to humans isn’t a concern. Why is this happening? Zollinger has four specific reasons he believes this issue is taking place. “The first one is timing … Number two is the rate, wheat and corn were using very small amounts in soybeans we can apply half a pound of the active ingredient so we’re applying at a much higher rate … Number three, I cannot over emphasize this enough, that non-transformed soybeans are the most susceptible plant that we know of to dicamba … Number four is this, if we would’ve had are you wet or what or summer, I think a lot of this would not have happened,” Zollinger said. To explain all this goes as follows: In corn and wheat crops, it’s generally applied early in the growth of the plant, but in soybeans it’s used much later, even into the reproduction stages; it’s also applied at a higher rate. Even if a farmer sprays their corn with dicamba and then doesn’t clean their instrument and goes and sprays their soybeans, traces of that dicamba can remain and affect the soybean crop. The wind can carry the spray for up to a mile if the droplets are small enough. When that’s carried to non-transformed or non-adapted soybeans, that’s detrimental to crops. Dicamba is water soluble; if there’s a large amount of rain the dicamba will wash into the ground and no longer be effective as a herbicide. “Worst case scenario are the financial problems and hardships for current producers,” Howatt said. “Litigation issues are another one of those situations where buyers are already involved and neither side is really going to see a victory.” The post Dicamba Delivers Distress appeared first on The Spectrum.
|Statistics Show Economic ProgressThe Spectrum / 7 d. 23 h. 24 min. ago more|
Median household income levels increased for the second year in a row in 2016, according to a new census report released on Tuesday. The report also shows a decrease in the official poverty rate. “Median household income in the United States in 2016 was $59,039, an increase in real terms of 3.2 percent from the 2015 median income of $57,230. This is the second consecutive annual increase in median household income,” according to the U.S. Census Bureau. “People have demanded higher wages instead of settling on what was offered to them,” Brooklyn Pringle, a sophomore majoring in finance, said. Pringle points out that due to low unemployment, workers are in higher demand for employees, and therefore higher wages have been provided. Dr. Jeremy Jackson, director for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise and an associate professor of agribusiness and applied economics, attributes the rise in income level to a higher workforce participation rate and low unemployment. “With more household members working, income for households has increased,” Jackson said. Economists believe this trend in rising income levels is showing progress in the American economy following the 2007 recession. Most businesses recovered fully or in part after the recession, but many Americans’ income levels remained stagnant. “The recently released statistics showed an increased proportion of households falling into the middle-class income ranges. This, coupled with the household income, is reflective of a strengthened middles class,” Jackson said, expressing hope for future success of middle class Americans. Many politicians have been tapping in to Americans’ frustration with income, including President Trump, which gained him a lot of support from blue-collar workers. Trump campaigned on a platform of repairing the American economy and raising the fortunes and prosperity of the nation. Jackson said that the rise in household income and the future success of income levels is not a matter of policy. “Household income isn’t directly tied to policy, but is the result of labor market conditions. Generally, the middle class will fare the best when the economy itself is growing.” Jackson highlighted areas that can be addressed to assist in further success of the American workers and the economy, noting that a “good step in the right direction can be to simplify the tax code and reduce income tax rates allowing households to keep what they earn.” The report released by the Census Bureau shows that the poverty rate decreased by 0.8 percentage points from 2015 into 2016. The Census Bureau also reported that the percentage of people without health insurance coverage for 2016 was 8.8 percent, down from 9.1 percent in 2015. The post Statistics Show Economic Progress appeared first on The Spectrum.
|Death on CampusThe Spectrum / 8 d. 15 h. 14 min. ago more|
Sunday afternoon a report of the death of a 17-year-old male at North Dakota State’s Sevrinson Hall was sent by Mike Borr, director of University Police at NDSU. Authorities were notified of an unresponsive person shortly after noon on Sunday. Emergency medical services were immediately dispatched. After life-saving measures were taken without success, the boy was declared dead. The boy, who has not yet been named, was not currently enrolled as an NDSU student as indicated by preliminary investigation. The police believe that there is no indication of foul play and the case is currently being investigated by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Borr’s email also stated that “there is no ongoing threat to the campus community.” The post Death on Campus appeared first on The Spectrum.
|Construction to Begin on Catherine Cater HallThe Spectrum / 11 d. 23 h. 24 min. ago more|
Construction for Catherine Cater Hall will soon begin after the groundbreaking ceremony Sept. 12, 2017. Ryan Nostrum, director of Residence Life, was the host for the event and highlighted some characteristics about the new residence hall. The space is intended for sophomore students who decide to live on campus. “It was born out of necessity … there have been hundreds of students on waitlists who we’ve had to turn away,” Nostrum said. Catherine Cater Hall is going to have 440 beds designed for 2nd-year students. It will include living areas, study rooms and “spacious open lobbies with comfortable seating.” The first floor will have two fire places, a living room, kitchen area, media room, game room, two conference spaces and the Residence Life office will also make the move to Cater Hall. Nostrum then passed off the mic to Dean Bresciani who highlighted two reasons why this residence hall is named after former faculty member Catherine Cater; “One, education; students who stay on campus perform dramatically better on an academic level. Our sophomores are the most vulnerable when they live off campus and may loose academic focus. Keeping those sophomores on campus is related to our graduation success. Two, naming of the residence hall by faculty member Catherine Cater; it is the second building on campus to do so … Catherine, when you met her, you walked away feeling like a better human being.” Tom Isern, a member of the history department, quoted Chinese philosopher Zhuang Zhou in his speech about a dream he once had about a butterfly, similar to how Cater had began her faculty lecture in 1982. Catherine Cater, former faculty member and an North Dakota State legend, earned her bachelor’s degree at the institution where her father was professor and dean — Talladega College, a historically black, liberal arts college undergoing integration. She experienced both the “historical trauma and literary riches that resulted from competing myths about the lineage and the faith of southern society,” Isern stated. Upon her death, she left a letter that was published in the Forum, which read, “I thank you for the diverse ways in which each of you has contributed to my happiness and well being.” This new residence hall hopes to provide happiness and well-being to its residents in her memory. The post Construction to Begin on Catherine Cater Hall appeared first on The Spectrum.
|‘The World in Fargo-Moorhead’ on DisplayThe Spectrum / 11 d. 23 h. 25 min. ago more|
“The World in Fargo-Moorhead” went on display Monday at the Fargo Public Library. The exhibit celebrates and raises awareness about diversity in the community by pairing portraits of immigrants living in the F-M area with the unique story each person tells. Ibtissem Belmihoub, an international student at North Dakota State from Algeria, helped direct the exhibit. Her story is also featured. “We do a portrait and a story,” Belmihoub said. “Last year, and this year, we chose about 17 high resolution pictures and good stories to share with the community.” Belmihoub believes it is important to bring our community together and is happy to be a part of this exhibit. “I love the fact that there is a lot of effort to get to a place where people feel like this is at least their second home,” she said. “Or that people know each other. Different communities know each other and know each other’s stories enough to feel like they share this space and are comfortable sharing this space and this community.” The portraits consist of head shots of individuals. Some even showcase personal involvement in the community. The stories range from intimate immigration experiences to the shock a change in culture and lifestyle bring. One story highlights the challenges immigrants face in the area. “Everything (here) is challenging from the weather to the food to the culture,” Hamida Dakane’s, a Muslim woman from Kenya, story reads. “I’ve been called names and questioned and told to go back to where I come from.” Other stories focus on the positives and hopefulness that comes with immigration. “Here, in America, human rights are not taken away … Here, there’s so much opportunity, there, and you don’t even know where you can live,” Agatha Ngenzirabona’s story reads. Local photographers initiated the exhibit. “The first time the founders thought, ‘Let’s create an exhibit,’ was in collaboration with Welcoming Week,” Belhimhoub said. “’What would be a good way for (immigrants) to feel visible in this community?’” The exhibit is part of a bigger movement called Welcoming Week. “Welcoming Week is a national effort to welcome new immigrants and refugees,” Blehmihoub said. “Different non-profits and businesses in the area do events under the umbrella of Welcoming Week.” Some of these events include an international potluck at the Plains Art Museum Sept. 14, Green Card Voices readings at the NDSU Library Sept. 19 and an International Day of Peace Sept. 24. “The World in Fargo-Moorhead” is a traveling exhibit and will be on display in the library until the end of September, Belmihoub said. In previous years, organizations with diversity events also showcased at the exhibit. Despite the controversy surrounding immigration, Belmihoub believes that the effort to make immigrants feel welcome is there and, hopefully, the results will soon follow. “I’m mostly at NDSU, so I’ve been out in the community for just a little bit of time to feel that atmosphere,” Belhmihoub said. “I think there is a lot of effort to make (immigrants) feel included. It’s not there yet.” The post ‘The World in Fargo-Moorhead’ on Display appeared first on The Spectrum.
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BRENNA MUELLER | THE SPECTRUMBeets might be the next thing you put in your car’s gas tank. The EPA just finished a study on the effectiveness and environmental impact of using beets as a biofuel. This means that beets are past the first of three challenges in becoming a major fuel source. Beets are already used in production around the world. According to one study, sugar beets make up 15 percent of the alternative fuel market in Europe. While sugar beets are already being grown around the United States, these beets are mainly used to create sugar. The sugar beets that are used in the production of biofuels are a different breed. These sugar beets have been specially bred to make more of the contents that the biofuels use. Studies of using sugar beets as a biofuel have been going on for six years now. However, the idea came before then. Many experts think that sugar beets produce better biofuels than their corn counterparts. Another positive that beets bring is their ability to be grown in the winter, allowing the harvest in early spring to help supplement the corn harvests in the fall. This could mean a big economic benefit for the people of North Dakota. North Dakota is a big producer of sugar beets. If the market for those beets increases, that only means more profit. Dr. David Ripplinger, an agribusiness professor at North Dakota State, said a company called Green Vision Group has been pushing for beets to become a fuel source and that they have a plan for North Dakota to start producing this biofuel. “Green Vision Group wants to put 10 facilities to process the sugar beets in North Dakota. Each of these facilities would bring 20-30 high paying jobs.” Ripplinger said that beets becoming a viable fuel would increase economic activity at a rural level due to the higher prices of beets. The post Sugar Beet Power appeared first on The Spectrum.