Blair Emerson / Bismarck Tribune
STANDING ROCK INDIAN RESERVATION—A group of Standing Rock students will travel to Washington, D.C., on Sunday to perform in a national talent show. For most of the students, this will be the first time flying in a plane, and for some, their first time traveling far from home. A group of 11 students in grades 4-8 will be performing in the Turnaround Arts Talent Show at The Kennedy Center.
BISMARCK—Bismarck State College has been selected to partner with a Saudi Arabia-based institute to provide energy sector training to Saudi youth — an endeavor that could net the college several million dollars over the next five years.
BISMARCK—Kylee Van Inwagen has difficulties seeing far away. The ninth-grader at Bismarck High School has never worn contacts or glasses. Recently, she watched a movie in her global studies class, and, despite sitting in the front of the room, she still couldn't make out what was on the screen. Instead, she sat on the floor so she could see.
BISMARCK — The University of Mary plans to release a book this week on the self-made North Dakota millionaire, Gary Tharaldson. Tharaldson grew up in the small town of Dazey. He previously worked as a teacher and insurance salesman. At age 26, he started an insurance company in Valley City. Tharaldson established success by building and managing hotels across the United States. He has constructed more than 425 hotels — his 500th one will be built in 2020.
BISMARCK — A University of Mary student has been invited to a reception with Vice President Mike Pence prior to the nation's largest anti-abortion march on Friday, Jan. 19. Katrina Gallic, a marketing senior at the university, was invited to the reception before the March for Life last year, but she was unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict. Instead, last year, Gallic gave a speech about the movement on behalf of the school, which had been selected to lead the march, near the Supreme Court and the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
BISMARCK—North Dakota hospitals are responding to a spike in flu-related visits in recent weeks, mirroring a current nationwide trend and in neighboring states. Despite the flu season ramping up to be one of the worst, the end may be in sight: On Friday, officials at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it may be at its peak. CDC officials, in a conference call with reporters, said the flu season appears to be peaking due to slower patient traffic in comparison to last month.
BISMARCK — Three people were arrested Friday with dozens of stolen credit and debit cards, checkbooks, banking account numbers and Social Security cards. Christina Lee Meyers, 31, and 36-year-old Brandon Allen Christian, both of Wisconsin, and 40-year-old Gerald Jermaine Adderley were arrested and each charged with 30 felony counts of theft of property and one misdemeanor count each of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
BISMARCK—Cheers from jubilant bowlers and the familiar sound of bowling pins crashing filled Midway Lanes in Mandan one Saturday earlier this month. Alex Burr, a senior at Bismarck High School, stood in a sea of students with a huge smile on her face. "I almost got a spare!" she proclaimed to her partner, who helps her with bowling.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota Department of Health on Thursday raised the level of flu activity in the state to widespread. There were 234 cases of influenza reported during the week that ended Dec. 16, according to the health department's weekly influenza summary. Since August, there have there have been 709 cases of the flu reported. Public health officials are reporting an unusually high number of influenza cases for this time of the year, and they are expected to continue to increase for the next several weeks at least.
MANDAN, N.D. — A former Mandan student sentenced to eight years in state prison after driving drunk and killing three of his friends spoke to teens at Mandan High School on Tuesday, Nov. 21. "I want to stop you guys from making the same decision I did. I want you to learn from my mistake," said Taylor Berhow, 29. Berhow gave about a 40-minute presentation to a room packed with students, teachers, staff and administrators about his life and the events leading to Oct. 29, 2011, or what he described as "the day (his) life was turned upside down."