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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—North Dakota kindergarten vaccinations rates continue to rise. The North Dakota Department of Health's 2017-18 kindergarten immunization rates have remained at about 94 percent for all required vaccines, the department reported Thursday, March 1, in a news release. The Department of Health's goal is to get kindergarten vaccination rates to 95 percent. State health officials have worked with North Dakota State University's Center for Immunization Research and Education to increase rates that, in previous years, dipped below 90 percent.
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 total of eight Bismarck schools sheltered in place at various times on Thursday, Jan. 18, in response to an officer-involved shooting in northwest Bismarck.
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 — While watching the Vikings playoff game Sunday, Jan. 14, Clint Clendenen was overrun by emotion. When it appeared the Vikings might not win, he left the room and sat at his computer to see what people were talking about online. Clendenen, whose nickname is "Mr. Viking," is a mega-fan of the Minnesota football team. He drives a purple and gold 1981 Ford Courier pickup, equipped with steel horns.
STANDING ROCK INDIAN RESERVATION, N.D. — The walls of Standing Rock Elementary School and Standing Rock Middle School are lined with artwork and the sound of music reverberates from the classrooms. For both of the schools' administrators and teachers, a real change has occurred in the past two school years. Morale among students and teachers has improved at the schools on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, which faces challenges of poverty. Through the arts, self-confidence among students has been boosted, the middle school principal said.
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.