U.S. launches four-state study to find ways to reduce opioid overdose deaths

The opioid addiction epidemic that’s sweeping the country has finally gotten the notable attention of federal government. The response: a $350 million appropriation going to research sites in four states — Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York, and Ohio — with the hopes of developing solutions at the local level.

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Water budget bill moves to Governor amid speculation of veto

Among the biggest bills for Minot in this session is the Water Commission appropriation bill. This is the legislation that includes dollars for Minot’s flood protection. The version heading to the governor includes $82.5 million for Minot in the next two years. That’s less than Minot was seeking but more than was included in earlier

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ND Travel Industry Convenes in Minot,

Professionals from North Dakota’s travel and tourism industry were in Minot this week to talk shop and figure out how to best sell our towns, cities, and state. Among their formal business: recognizing the extraordinary achievers in their midst. ShyAnne Belzer has the story including details on a Minot winner.

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North Dakota House passes bill with hopes of easing teacher shortage

North Dakota has a teacher shortage, and the legislature has taken up the problem. Their solution: making it easier to get into teaching — in some cases. The bill approved by the House and now headed to the Senate would allow those with a high school diploma and 4,000 hours of relevant work experience into

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Big Data Has Transformed Agriculture…In Some Places, Anyway

If you’re familiar with the farming industry you know it’s a technology and data driven industry. Investment in higher yield is built into the cost of growing food — around here, but the American model is not the rule in other parts of the world. When it comes to farming practices, and particularly the use

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Province to launch review into how development projects carried out in Winnipeg

Wherever you go, government is at odds with itself. In North Dakota we reference state’s rights or local control — it depends who is pushing who around. In Canada, it’s Province versus City. And if you’re looking for a bit of political intrigue, this story out of Winnipeg has that, too.

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Colorado governor muddies already murky water around UND President

What’s in a resignation letter? That’s a question North Dakota’s Board of Higher Education may soon be asking. UND President Mark Kennedy ‘seemingly’ resigned last week to take a job in Colorado — only he wasn’t formally hired yet. Controversy over his Colorado candidacy emerged; Controversy over his North Dakota job followed; now we have

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Finland’s Steve’n’Seagulls is back in the U.S. touring the West

Finland’s Steve’n’Seagulls has been featured at least a few times here on The Minot Voice. Their performances — at least the Youtube videos — often mix traditional instruments with reinterpretations of classic 1980’s rock like ACDC and Guns n’ Roses. They’re a relevant Minot topic because of our Scandinavian heritage and our constant need to

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