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North Dakota courts, Stutsman County and the Jamestown Police Department have agreed to make policy changes....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota courts, Stutsman County and the Jamestown Police Department have agreed to make policy changes after failing to provide an interpreter for a deaf Bismarck woman following her arrest.
     Christine Stein sued the court system, the county and the city of Jamestown last year. She said she was wrongfully arrested after calling 911 to report a man who was threating to kill himself. She was held in solitary confinement but the charges were later dropped.
     The $90,000 settlement finalized Friday requires Stutsman County and Jamestown to improve their procedure for interacting with deaf and hard-of-hearing people, including annual training for law enforcement officers and on-call sign language interpreters.
     Stein's attorney, Heather Gilbert, says the county and city will jointly pay $75,000 while the state court system will pay $15,000.


    BISMARCK, N.D. - Falls are the leading cause of death by injury for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors' safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs. In 2016, there were 91 fall-related deaths to North Dakotans aged 60 years and older.

    Each year, emergency departments treat millions of people age 65 and older because of falls. Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for that age group. The chances of falling and of being seriously injured in a fall increase with age. "Falls are not a normal part of aging; we encourage seniors and their families to take proactive steps to prevent falls and stay independent for as long as possible," said Mandy Slag, Injury Prevention Program Director. "Falls are often due to hazards that are easy to overlook, but easy to fix."

    The North Dakota Department of Health recommends these tips for seniors to prevent falls.

    - Get some exercise: Lack of exercise can lead to weak legs, which increases the chance of falling. Exercise programs like Tai Chi and Stepping On can increase strength and improve balance making falls less likely for aging adults.

    - Be mindful of medications: Some medicines, or combinations of medicines, can have side effects like dizziness or drowsiness, which can make falls more likely. Having a doctor or pharmacist review all your medications can help reduce the chance of risky side effects and drug interactions.

    - Keep your vision sharp: Poor vision can make it harder to move around safely. To ensure you're seeing clearly, have your eyes checked every year and wear glasses or contact lenses with the right prescription strength.

    - Eliminate hazards at home. A home safety check list available from the Department of Health can help identify fall hazards, like clutter, rugs and poor lighting.

    - Sign up for a falls prevention class if offered in your area. There are many communities in North Dakota offering classes to build strength and balance to educate seniors on potential hazards.

    North Dakota provides falls prevention education with Stepping On classes for people aged 60 and older statewide.


    FARGO, N.D. - The North Dakota Air National Guard's 119th Wing officially opened the doors to a new building dedicated to the 119th Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group's (ISRG) mission during a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday at the Air National Guard base in Fargo.

    Construction began in July 2016 on the $7.3 million, 19,000-square-foot building that was recently completed.  It will provide a modern consolidated work environment for the 119th Wing's new targeting mission.

    Sen. John Hoeven, Rep. Kevin Cramer and Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, North Dakota adjutant general, and 119th Wing leadership participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony.

    "The Happy Hooligans are leaders in UAS and counter UAS, cyberwarfare and intelligence operations on a global scale," said Gov. Doug Burgum. "This facility will enable this specialized unit to continue to be on the cutting edge of military operations in support of our national security mission. We are grateful to everyone who played a role bringing this project to fruition, and grateful to all of our military families for their service and sacrifice."

    "The 119th has a tremendous record of service, and it is fitting that they would be tasked with a mission so important to our nation's security," Hoeven said. "The new facility was a much-needed investment to ensure our Air Guard members can continue excelling in their work. It provides the capability to keep critical information secure as our military conducts both kinetic and non-kinetic warfare."

    The 119th ISRG has spent the last three years filling its ranks with Airmen and getting those personnel to the specific training needed for these specialized missions.

    "Acquiring this mission has been filled with challenges, opportunities, risks and rewards," said Dohrmann. "I am appreciative of all of the Hooligans who helped the ISRG successfully reach their recruiting and training milestones and accomplish the goals that have enabled the unit to be mission ready. The ISRG wartime mission is accomplished in-garrison, meaning our Airman can be placed on active duty but can contribute to the fight while serving from home station at our base in Fargo.

    Targeting is the process of selecting and prioritizing potential Department of Defense targets and matching the appropriate response to them, considering operational requirements and capabilities. The targeting process identifies, selects, and exploits critical vulnerabilities of target systems and their associated targets to achieve the commanders' objectives and desired end state.

    "The men and women of the 119th ISR Group have done an outstanding job standing up this mission over the past three years while spread out across the base," said Col. Darrin Anderson, the 119th ISRG commander. "We have the only ISR Group in the Air National Guard that will blend kinetic and non-kinetic targeting expertise to meet the needs of our customers. Now that we will all be under one roof, our team and capabilities will be even stronger."

    "Following the events of 9/11, the appetite for high fidelity target analysis and actionable intelligence production proved insatiable. Realizing this, the U.S. Air Force looked to the Air National Guard to provide a deep reservoir of targeting expertise and the 119th ISRG, in conjunction with Air National Guard partners, are at the forefront of this endeavor. The Hooligans of the 119th ISRG are engaged in every combatant command, doing so at home and abroad. This cutting edge, purpose built facility is a fitting home for our intelligence professionals and will only serve to strengthen an already sterling reputation"

    The missions of the 119th Wing are extremely relevant and enduring components of the National Military Strategy. The Happy Hooligans are proud of their more than 70 years of service to our communities, state, and nation.  


    FARGO, N.D. - Gov. Doug Burgum joined Consul General of Canada Khawar Nasim during an event in Fargo on Friday to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary and North Dakota's strong relationship with its neighbor and trade partner to the north.

    North Dakota sells more goods to Canada - $3.2 billion last year - than to all other countries combined and is a major partner in the energy sector, Burgum noted. An estimated 28,500 jobs in North Dakota depend on trade and investment with Canada, and tourists from Canada have a significant impact on North Dakota's economy, with vacation spending of $257 million annually.

    "It's a great pleasure to extend congratulations to Canada on its sesquicentennial. Our shared histories, values and many years of collaboration and partnership bode well for a continued strong relationship as business partners and friends," Burgum said.

    In a gift exchange, Khawar presented the governor with a series of paintings by Simone McLeod, a Cree-Ojibway poet and painter born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and member of the Pasqua First Nation in Saskatchewan - the two provinces that border North Dakota. Burgum, who is involved in a ranching partnership in the Badlands of western North Dakota, presented Khawar with a cowboy rope art basket handmade by Roy Riehl in Raleigh, N.D.

    Khawar was named Canada's Consul General in Minneapolis in July 2016, with accreditation to Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

    The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce hosted Friday's celebration at the Avalon Events Center in Fargo.


   (Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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