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Gov. Doug Burgum has announced the members of the Innovative Education Task Force..

    BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Doug Burgum has announced the members of the Innovative Education Task Force, created by executive order last month to underscore North Dakota's commitment to leading the nation in innovative education.

    The Task Force, which is comprised of education, youth development, business and community leaders, is charged with creating a system of identification and support for schools and districts implementing innovative practices. Members are also tasked with providing direction on how state government can empower districts to adopt student-centric learning practices designed to support a 21st century economy impacted by rapid technological change. The 15-member Task Force includes:

    - Kathryn Froelich from Selfridge, cultural coordinator with the Missouri River Educational Cooperative, who also brings experience working with Native American communities and tribal colleges.

    - Stacey Duffield of Fargo, professor of teacher education at North Dakota State University, who began her career as a high school English teacher and brings understanding of how K-12 can work in tandem with higher education to prepare teachers for 21st century instructional methods.

    - Mary Jean Dehne, executive director of the nonprofit Legacy Children's Foundation in Fargo, which supports high school graduation for diverse and at-risk student populations.

    - Jeff Ubl, president and principal architect of Übl Design Group, a parent, and business leader from Bismarck who serves on the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce.

    - Sonya Hansana, member of the Hazen school board and Oliver-Mercer special education board who was highly recommended by school and business leaders.

    - Sen. Donald Schaible of Mott, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, who represents southwest North Dakota and has served on his local school board for more than 20 years.

    - Rep. Cynthia Schreiber-Beck of Wahpeton, vice-chair of the House Education Committee and a business owner with 15 years of teaching experience.

    - Jessie Erickson of Grand Forks, a parent, teacher and instructional coach who is dedicated to the utilization of technology in the classroom.

    - Cody Mickelson of Jamestown, a teacher who is dedicated to the implementation of innovative, authentic experiences for his students.

    - Denise Burbag of Williston, who promotes civic engagement as a social studies teacher.

    - Maggie Barth leads the Innovation School in Bismarck, a private school dedicated to innovation in education.

    - Michael Gilbertson, secondary principal of New Salem-Almont Public School District, who brings experience working in career and technical education and is a voice for rural school districts.

    - Superintendent Cory Steiner from Northern Cass, who is leading efforts to implement experience-based high school learning opportunities and working with his school board to be the first district to submit an innovation plan as allowed by Senate Bill 2186.

    - Allen Burgad of West Fargo, who brings experience working in small and large school districts and recognizes the unique nature and tools available for districts of all sizes.

    - Tamera Uselman of Bismarck, superintendent of North Dakota's largest school district, Bismarck Public Schools, who oversees numerous innovative efforts such as Legacy High School's "flex mod" scheduling approach.

    "The incredible caliber of this group reflects a highly qualified pool of more than 150 candidates who have a passion for our students and our future," Burgum said. "This group brings a depth of experience, diversity and leadership that will help North Dakota lead the nation in education and help our students succeed in a rapidly changing economy."

    The core mission of the Task Force is to advance innovative initiatives in education, empowering authentic learning experiences that prepare students to be contributing global citizens and lifelong learners. The Task Force will also seek to highlight best practices and provide state government direction on policy development and alignment with the educational needs of the 21st century.

    In addition, the Task Force will help strengthen collaboration between teachers, students, parents, administrators, business and community leaders to foster genuine grassroots transformation.

    The first meeting of the Innovative Education Task Force will be Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at the State Capitol in Bismarck.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - An expanded list of rights for crime victims in North Dakota doesn't appear to be having much negative impact on law enforcement and prosecutors so far. North Dakota voters approved measure known as Marsy's Law as a constitutional amendment in November. The law expands privacy rights for victims, among other provisions.

    Ward County prosecutor Rozanna Larson told the Legislature's interim Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that many of the provisions already were in place before the law was enacted. She says the law has created some additional work, such as having to redact more information from documents.

    Bismarck Deputy Chief Randy Ziegler says officers give victims of crimes a card summarizing their rights. He says only 11 victims of crimes so far have evoked their rights under the new law.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - An environmental activist from Seattle convicted of targeting an oil pipeline in North Dakota hasn't decided whether to appeal to the state Supreme Court. But Michael Foster's attorney says he wouldn't challenge the judge's refusal to allow Foster to justify his crime with a global warming defense.

    Foster was among 11 activists arrested when they targeted pipelines in North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana and Washington state last October. He was convicted Friday of criminal mischief, criminal trespass and conspiracy.

    Foster says that even though he succeeded in getting his message of climate change awareness noticed, he wonders how much difference it ultimately will make because pollution continues to worsen. He'll decide on an appeal once he learns his sentence in January. He faces up to 21 years in prison.


    FARGO, ND - A single Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Flag is traveling all 50 states in remembrance of in remembrance of the more than 83,000 personnel unaccounted for who fought in America's wars abroad. It will tour across the State of North Dakota, Saturday, October 14 -- by motorcycle.

    Originating in Virginia on September 23, North Dakota is the tenth stop along this journey which will culminate back in Virginia May of 2018. The North Dakota section of this run is being coordinated by the Marine Corps League-Department of North Dakota.

    "The original call to action came 3 months ago asking if we would coordinate the run through North Dakota. The response was an obvious 'Yes,' it would be an honor!" said Ray Morrell, Commandant, Marine Corps League-Department of North Dakota.

    Virginia organizers plotted this ride of all 50 states after realizing something like this has never been done before. They began reaching out to veteran groups and motorcycle clubs across all 50 states. Organizers wanted this tour to occur on motorcycle.

    "We aren't a motorcycle club but Marines ride motorcycles; many other veterans ride [motorcycles]. It was a natural reach-out to various motorcycle clubs and the community at large for additional support. We want to bring awareness for those who have yet to come home," said Morrell.

    The run begins in Fargo with kickstands up at 9:00 am. They will ride to Jamestown for some photo stops and rally stop. The ride will continue to Bismarck for photo stops and rally points then ride to Mandan for photos and rally points before heading to Dickinson and then to Beach where Marine Corps League-Department of North Dakota officials will connect with Montana for the next leg of the 50 state tour.


    MINOT, ND - Traffic on 16th Street Southwest in Minot will be temporarily reduced to two lanes of head-to-head traffic between 35th Avenue Southwest and 37th Avenue Southwest beginning this morning for asphalt paving work.

    The east half of the roadway will be closed to vehicles for two blocks, with head-to-head traffic diverted onto the west half of the roadway. On Friday head-to-head traffic will be diverted back to the east half of the roadway while paving work is completed on the western half.

    Two lanes of 16th Street Southwest between 35th Avenue Southwest and 37th Avenue Southwest will be open to traffic at all times. Paving is expected to be completed and the roadway com-pletely reopened to traffic on Wednesday, Oct. 18.



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