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We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.

- Albert Barnes

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KHRT ND NEWS - FRIDAY - 09/22/17 - NOON EDITION

A three-year infrastructure reconstruction project has wrapped up in downtown Minot....

     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A three-year infrastructure reconstruction project has wrapped up in downtown Minot. The Minot Daily News reports that the $30 million project replaced miles of water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer pipes, streets, curb and gutters, sidewalks and street lighting. City Engineer Lance Meyer called it "a massive undertaking" and the largest reconstruction project the city has ever done. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for early October.

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     WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Police are trying to find the person or people who shot out the windows of a West Fargo police officer's car. Authorities say the officer's personal vehicle was parked along a city street when someone shot four bullets into the car, shattering the back and front windshields. Lt. Greg Warren tells KFGO it appears a small caliber handgun was used in the shooting late Tuesday night. A motive for the shooting has not been established. No one was injured.
 
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     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Family, friends and others gathered in a Fargo park to remember a woman who was found slain three days after police recovered her baby. Ruth Buffalo with the Fargo Native American Commission tells KVRR-TV that the Thursday night prayer ceremony for 22-year-old Savanna Greywind was set up for remembrance and healing.
 
     Greywind was eight months pregnant when her family last saw her alive on Aug. 19. Her newborn girl was found alive in the apartment of two people charged in the case. Greywind's body was found in the Red River on Aug. 27. Greywind's boyfriend has custody of the couple's infant daughter.

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    BISMARCK, N.D., - The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction distributed a Native American Needs Assessment on Thursday to school leaders and teachers in the 29 schools that serve the state's Native American students and communities.

    The assessment asks educators what they believe they need to accomplish their educational objectives. The NDDPI worked closely with tribal educators to improve this year's assessment, using their comments to give more depth to its questions and put more emphasis on stakeholder opinions.

    "The tools that we use to help our schools and students need to continually improve," said Lucy Fredericks, the department's director of American Indian and multicultural education. "By working directly with educators in our Native American schools, we were able to hone the assessment to better support our Native American students and school educators."

    NDDPI and its stakeholders decided to increase the number and types of questions in the short survey and distribute it to more educators. To do this, NDDPI enlisted the support of the Regional Education Laboratory (REL) Central to encourage discussions, make better use of survey data, and help develop a plan to put the survey information to use.

    "REL Central was proud to partner with NDDPI and Native American community stakeholders and offer our support to enhance their innovative assessment survey," said consultant Kerry Englert, who is working on the project. "We hope this work will function as a tool toward improved student outcomes in North Dakota and other Native American communities across the country."

    NDDPI conducts the North Dakota Native American Education Needs Assessment at the beginning of each school year. The information is used to write a plan for helping schools to address the challenges identified by the assessment. A follow-up assessment will be done later in the school year.
 
    A focus group of educators from the Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation, Spirit Lake Nation, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, and the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Nation offered suggestions that strengthened and shaped the content of the assessment.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Bismarck-based Montana Dakota Utilities is building a $13.8 million pipeline to provide natural gas to a South Korea-owned manufacturing facility in southeastern North Dakota. MDU says construction of the 12-inch, 21-mile long pipeline to the Doosan Bobcat Inc.'s factory in Gwinner will be complete in September 2018.
 
     The North Dakota Industrial Commission earlier approved $10.5 million in financing through the state-owned Bank of North Dakota. Regulators also granted the project a certificate of public convenience and necessity, which means traditional permits aren't necessary.
 
     Doosan Bobcat signed a 15-year contract with MDU to get gas from the pipeline, which is fed Alliance Pipeline's system that extends from western Canada to a Chicago hub.
 
     North Dakota natural gas helps feed that pipeline at two points in the western part of the state.
 
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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - When duck hunters in the Northern Plains take to the field this fall, they'll find fewer wetlands at which to set up their blinds and float their decoys due to a summer of devastating drought.
 
     A North Dakota Game and Fish Department survey finds the number of duck-hunting wetlands statewide at the lowest level in nine years. In South Dakota, Harold Bickner with Ducks Unlimited says wetlands have dried up in many areas, and ducks have moved out. The prevalence of wetlands isn't the only determining factor in how many ducks will be available to hunters. Weather conditions and migration patterns also are big influences.
 
     Saturday is opening day for duck hunting in North Dakota. South Dakota's season opens next Saturday in some areas and Oct. 14 in others.

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    BISMARCK, ND - The North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) is pleased to invite applications for the position of Executive Director. Current Executive Director Dr. Beth Gigante Klingenstein is retiring in January 2018 after three and a half years of service with the Council.

    NDCA operates with an annual budget of over $1.5 million through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts and an appropriation from the North Dakota State Legislature. Approximately two-thirds of the NDCA's budget is awarded to organizations and individuals through its various grant programs. In addition to the grant programs, the NDCA also supports a biennial State Arts Conference and the biennial Governor's Awards for the Arts. The NDCA partners with a variety of state agencies and non-profit organizations throughout the state in the presentation and support of arts-related programs.

    The Executive Director is responsible for the overall operations of the North Dakota Council on the Arts, and is accountable to a nine-member board of directors appointed by the Governor to five year terms.

    A Bachelor's Degree with preference given to degrees in arts administration or public administration with an arts emphasis is required. A Master's Degree is preferred with special preference to MBA, MPA, Arts Management or other arts related fields. A minimum of three years of experience in management, grant writing, and budget development is required. Preference will be given to candidates with previous experience in state government, public speaking, supervising, arts management, and human resources. Computer skills are necessary in Microsoft Office. The applicant needs to have a broad understanding and appreciation of the arts. Travel in and out of state is required.

    The deadline for application submission is October 6, 2017. For additional information regarding responsibilities, requirements and how to apply, please visit http://www.nd.gov/arts/about-us. To apply online visit http://www.nd.gov/omb/jobs.

    It is the mission of the North Dakota Council on the Arts to promote, preserve and perpetuate the arts in North Dakota.

 


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