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The President is visiting North Dakota this afternoon for the first time ever....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The President is visiting North Dakota this afternoon for the first time ever.  Air Force One arrived in Bismarck around 2:15 pm for President Barack Obama's visit to the Standing Rock Reservation.  Obama is visiting the reservation straddling North Dakota and South Dakota to get a firsthand look at culture and also the problems there. The trip marks Obama's first presidential visit to Indian Country.
     Obama is only the third sitting president to come into Indian Country in almost 80 years. In 2008, then-candidate Obama pledged to expand health services, improve education, combat methamphetamine dealers, promote economic development and improve housing on reservations.  Some Standing Rock residents say many of those promises have yet to be met.  Obama is in Cannon Ball for a speech and ceremony.


     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Public Service Commission is holding a public hearing in Williston to discuss a proposed crude oil transmission pipeline.
     Enid, Oklahoma-based Hiland Crude wants to convert a 197-mile long crude oil gathering pipeline into a transmission pipeline. Gathering lines are pipelines that transport oil or gas from a well to a collection point. The larger transmission pipeline will bring oil to rail and other pipeline networks so it can be transported for sale.  The $55.3 million project will have a maximum capacity of 65,000 barrels of oil per day.
     The Public Service Commission is a state body that permits and regulates power plants, pipelines, railroads and a number of other businesses in the state.  The public hearing will take place Tuesday at 10 am.


    BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Jack Dalrymple is calling on North Dakotans to observe Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, by displaying the American flag and honoring those who have served and sacrificed in defense of this great nation.  The Governor directs officials to display the American flag on all state government buildings at full staff throughout Flag Day and encourages citizens to fly the Stars and Stripes from their homes and other suitable places.

    "Since its adoption in 1777, the American flag has symbolized freedom and opportunity for generations of Americans, embodying our nation's highest ideals of equality and justice for all," Dalrymple said. "As we look upon the flag, we are reminded of the great sacrifices that have been made, and continue to be made, by our brave men and women in uniform, who throughout our history, have defended the flag and the liberties for which it stands. Today, we honor them and celebrate all that Old Glory represents for our state and nation."

    Dalrymple is also encouraging North Dakotans to observe the days from Flag Day through Independence Day as a time to honor America, to celebrate our rich heritage, and to express our gratitude to those who have secured our freedoms and to those who defend them still today.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Two universities in the Dakotas are getting federal money to educate farmers and ranchers about the new farm bill. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says $3 million is being given to extension services nationwide for outreach and education on the new farm legislation. About $44,000 is going to the North Dakota State University Extension Service.


    BISMARCK, N.D. (PNS) - A fishing pole or a new tie may be traditional Father's Day gifts, but experts say another important gift could be a conversation with the men in your life about taking control of their own health.

    Time spent caring for and providing for their families can lead many men to neglect their own health-care needs, said Brandon Leonard, director of strategic initiatives for the Men's Health Network.

    "Men need to take responsibly for their own health," he said, "so that they can be there for the birthdays and the graduations and the weddings, and so that they can enjoy life with their family and with their friends as well."

    Leonard said prevention is the best medicine, and habits developed now will have a huge impact on what happens later in life. As part of Men's Health Week, he encouraged men to get regular doctor checkups and think about their risk factors for problems such as heart disease, different types of cancer and diabetes.

    Men of all ages need to focus on getting regular exercise and good nutrition, Leonard said.

    "Getting plenty of fruits and vegetables, and whole grains and lean proteins," he said, "and really making a conscious decision to cut back on things like junk food - cut back on the sweets, cut back on the fried foods - because those are certainly going to have an impact on your health down the road."

    As men age, Leonard said, it's important that they keep an eye on their blood pressure and cholesterol levels and get regular screenings for certain types of cancer.

    "Continuing to look at things like prostate cancer, colorectal cancer," he said, "and men are also dealing sometimes with urinary tract issues; enlarged prostate can become an issue at that point."

    Leonard said cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of men in the United States - and for women as well.

   (Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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