Blair Emerson / Bismarck Tribune
MANDAN, N.D. -- The owner of two dogs that attacked a woman and her 7-year-old daughter in July will have to pay $10,000 in restitution. Antoinette Fleck pleaded guilty on Oct. 31 in Mandan Municipal Court to one count of violating the city's vicious dog ordinance. Judge DeNae Kautzmann ordered Antoinette Fleck to pay $10,000 in restitution and $500 in court fines and fees.
BISMARCK -- E-cigarette use among youth is rising nationally, including in Bismarck Public Schools. From Aug. 23, the first day of classes, to Oct. 11, Bismarck school resource officers handed out 66 tobacco citations to students — 45 of which were for e-cigarette use. In comparison, last year, officers gave 35 citations to students for using e-cigarettes.
BISMARCK — A few years ago, Bismarck High School administrators and staff recognized a "critical" need for students: mental health services. A survey of a sample group of BHS students last year found 17.2 percent of students seriously considered attempting suicide. About 30 percent of students surveyed expressed prolonged feelings of sadness or hopelessness, which a local clinical counselor said would meet the criteria for a depressive disorder.
BISMARCK — The lone medical marijuana manufacturing facility currently up and running in the state aims to have marijuana products available in December or January. North Dakota Department of Health's division of medical marijuana selected two companies to operate growing centers, including Pure Dakota in Bismarck. Pure Dakota received approval from the state last month, while the facility in Fargo has not.
BISMARCK -- The president of Bismarck State College said the school will continue its partnership with Saudi Arabia to provide energy sector training to Saudi youth. BSC president Larry Skogen said Tuesday, Oct. 23, that the college is "continuing as things have been in the past," despite news of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
BISMARCK—The number of drug overdose deaths in North Dakota last year increased slightly, according to data from the state Department of Health. The Division of Vital Statistics data shows there were 76 drug-related deaths in North Dakota in 2017, an increase from 68 deaths the year prior. The deaths include suicides and accidental overdoses.
BISMARCK—The high school graduation rate for Native American students in North Dakota continues to rise in 2017, and yet a significant gap persists when compared to the overall student population. According to the latest data from the state Department of Public Instruction, the graduation rate for Native American students in 2017 was 67.3 percent, up from 65.2 percent in 2016. Dropout rates continue to decrease for Native American students, as well.
BISMARCK -- About 50 students in Bismarck Public Schools were excluded from classes Monday, Oct. 1, for not meeting state immunization requirements. Monday was the cutoff date for students to be in compliance. Under state law, school districts must enforce these requirements, and, if any children are not fully immunized or do not have an immunization exemption on file, they're excluded from school.
FORT YATES, N.D. — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has used a federal grant to start a volunteer fire program. Last year, the tribe received a more than $260,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to recruit and train volunteer firefighters. Through the grant, the Akicita Fire Program was established. A long-term goal for the tribe is to create a department staffed 24/7 by professional firefighters. The tribe has never had a structural fire station nor a group of individuals trained to suppress structural fires.
BISMARCK — Last year was a nasty year for the flu in North Dakota. The 2017-18 flu season was one of the worst seasons in the past 20 years, according to Jill Baber, influenza surveillance coordinator for the North Dakota Department of Health. There were 8,498 reported cases of the flu, an increase from the severe 2014-15 season, which saw 6,439 cases. So far this year, there have been six reported cases of the flu in North Dakota, according to latest data from the health department.