North Dakota News

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

End of legislative session hits stumbling blocks

The end of the North Dakota legislative session hit a couple of stumbling blocks Wednesday, April 26. Disagreements between House and Senate lawmakers on the budget bill for the Public Employees and Retirement System prompted the cancellation of a conference committee set for Wednesday morning. The two sides are hung up on proposed language requiring the PERS Board to solicit bids for health coverage in the 2019-2021 biennium, with the primary bid being for a self-insurance plan. "We have an agreement with (Sanford Health Plan)," said Karen Krebsbach, R-Minot. "We're trying to make sure that we don't overstep boundaries in any way." House Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo, said "they're looking for a boogeyman that's not there." He said the PERS contract is subject to renewals every two years.
Grand Forks Herald

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

2016 was busiest ever for Fargo firefighters, chief says

The amount of damage caused by fires totaled $2.7 million, the fourth highest since 2006. Dirksen said that was mostly because of a few fires that caused a lot of damage, such as one that heavily damaged the Bison Turf bar and ones that damaged 23 single-family homes.The vast majority of calls the department received, however, were for medical emergencies; only a small percentage were for fires, he said, citing the department's annual report. Reports since 2006 show that the number of medical calls have been rising much faster than population growth, while the number of fire calls have changed little.
West Fargo Pioneer

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