BISMARCK-- While the REAL ID Act has been in effect since 2005, North Dakota's state legislature and Gov. Doug Burgum didn't sign the final bill for REAL ID in North Dakota until 2017. The primary reason for implementing the act is reducing identity fraud. According to the NDDOT website, certain security processes help identify and confirm the ID holder matches the person on the ID. With the REAL ID act in place, North Dakota residents won't be able to board domestic flights with their standard ID starting October 2020.
FARGO—Have you ever woken up to a loud tone from your phone in the middle of the night? It's not a text, not a call, not a notification from social media, but an emergency alert about a missing elderly person, child or weather alert. The Wireless Emergency Alert system was created in 2012 to notify people of these emergencies through their mobile devices. InForum.com has covered two different silver alerts in a span of four days in July 2018. Because these alerts have the potential to be so common, here is a guide to every emergency alert in North Dakota.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—A business in Arkansas is taking a new approach to how they design caskets for outdoorsman out there. Glory Boats builds caskets shaped as a fishing boat with three different camouflage options for people to choose from. Its website describes these boats as "vessels to convey the mortal remains of outdoors enthusiasts to that glorious, final harbor."
CHICAGO—Comcast users could soon miss out on Big Ten sports on both FS1 and the Big Ten Network, which could affect fans' viewing of the Minnesota Gophers and Wisconsin Badgers football games. Fox-owned BTN has had a deal with Comcast for 10 years, but the contract expires Aug. 31. FS1's contract will expire the same time. According to the president of BTN and Fox Sports, Mark Silverman, there is a real fear a contract may not be re-signed.
WATFORD CITY, N.D.—A mother, father and their three children lost their home and all of their belongings to a tornado in Watford City, July 10. The 10-year-old had a concussion, and the rest of the family had cuts and bruises. Krystal Lapp and her three sons had moved from Alaska to live with the children's father who was working in Watford City. The Lapp family lived in their trailer home for three weeks before the tornado struck and flipped the home multiple times.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and former NDSU Bison Carson Wentz has tied the knot. Wentz tweeted Monday morning, July 16, “Such a blessing to finally get to marry my best friend! It was an incredible day and God has his fingerprints all over our story! I’m a lucky man with one amazing wife." Related stories:
FARGO-- About 5,000 wrestlers are traveling to Fargo to compete in the USA Wrestling Cadet and Junior Nationals at the Fargodome this week, and easily more than 100 are using GoFundMe to help fund the expenses of their trip.
WATFORD CITY, N.D.—Almost $18,000 has been raised for a one-week-old infant who died in the EF-2 tornado that hit the western North Dakota community of Watford City on Tuesday morning. The infant, Blake, the son of Marisa Reber and Will Maguire. According to information on the GoFundMe site, the couple's mobile home was struck and flipped in the tornado July 10. Blake was injured.
WEST FARGO—The Red River Valley Fair has hit West Fargo again, July 10-15, for the 51st year. With it comes food, live music and rides, but how safe are the rides we trust every time we visit the fair? Currently, North Dakota doesn't require a state inspection of amusement park rides, but past incidents reveal how dangerous amusement park rides in North Dakota and Minnesota can be. Red River Valley Fair General Manager Bryan Schulz says the rides are always properly inspected, despite the lack of state regulation.
FARGO—The Fourth of July is here and that means celebration, good food and fireworks can be expected throughout North Dakota and Minnesota. With good fun comes the risk of injuries and individuals who disobey the law. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the use of sparklers, cones and tubes that emit sparks, and novelty items like snakes and party poppers are legal. But the use of anything that flies and explodes is illegal. That includes firecrackers, mortars and shells, bottle rockets and roman candles.