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GRAND FORKS - Of North Dakota’s 4,355 bridges, 10.8% have been deemed “structurally deficient,” according to a report from a national trade organization. That’s the 10th-highest percentage in the country, according to the report issued by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association. In Minnesota, 5% of its more than 13,358 bridges were deemed structurally deficient, according to the ARTBA report. That equates to 668 bridges, down from 802 in 2014, the report stated.
Flooding in several Minnesota towns could reach moderate to major stages in the coming week, according to National Weather Service forecasts. For emergency managers and elected officials in many of those towns, though, it’s business as usual until the worst hits. And that’s if major flooding even materializes. “It’s way too early to panic,” said Erika Martin, mayor of Oslo. “We have to watch, and it’s good to be prepared. But we take it day by day.”
Nearly 20,000 North Dakotans enrolled in the state’s Medicaid expansion stand to lose health insurance coverage if the Affordable Care Act is thrown out. According to data from the North Dakota Department of Human Services, 19,542 residents have been enrolled in the Medicaid expansion as of December 2018. North Dakota was one of several states to expand Medicaid access under the ACA.
Tyson Foods Inc. has recalled more than 69,000 pounds of frozen chicken strip products that could have been contaminated with pieces of metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Thursday, March 21. The company recalled the products after two people reported finding fragments of metal in them, Tyson officials said in a news release.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — North Dakota is home to three organizations identified as hate groups, according to a recent report from advocacy group Southern Poverty Law Center. Two international groups — the Asatru Folk Assembly and the Soldiers of Odin — have established chapters in the state. The California-based American Freedom Party also has a presence. Minnesota, which has a population about seven times that of North Dakota, is home to 12 active hate groups, including Asatru and the far-right group Proud Boys, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s analysis.
GRAND FORKS — Several Midwestern states logged record-breaking low temperatures this week, but climate experts say the overall global temperature still is on the rise. Parts of Minnesota and North Dakota saw temperatures well below minus 30 this week, and nearby states even logged multiple weather-related deaths, USA Today reported Thursday . “What the hell is going on with global (warming)?” President Donald Trump https://twitter.com
BISMARCK — The number of flu cases reported in North Dakota’s current flu season is about half of what it was in the same period last year, but state health officials say cases are starting to tick up. So far in the the 2018-19 flu season, the state has reported 750 cases. The season will run from Aug. 1, 2018, through July 31, 2019. In the 2017-18 season, however, there were 1,477 reported cases by this time.