FARGO—North Dakota is the fourth best state to retire early, a recent study conducted by HavenLife, a New York life insurance agency, says. The study measures by three main factors: well-being, cost of living and health care quality. The study states that North Dakota was ranked third in health care quality just behind Massachusetts and Minnesota. North Dakota is also ranked 11th in the well-being factor and 24th in the cost of living category.
BISMARCK—North Dakota residents have been able to obtain a REAL ID since May 1, but how has implementation of the system unfolded? In a recent Forum News Service story, 20-year-old North Dakota State University student Jackson Stremick described his issues getting a REAL ID. Stremick lived in his parents' Fargo home on breaks from college. His problems stemmed from not having his name on documents that proved where he lived.
BINFORD, N.D.—Binford, with a population of 172 residents, received an unexpected visit from the national sandwich chain Jimmy John's. The company set up a pop-up sandwich shop and filmed a commercial in farmer Dennis Haugen's wheat farm to introduce their new 9-grain wheat bread for its sandwiches. It's the first change to its bread options in 20 years. "It's a great ad. I didn't know they were using local people and didn't know it featured Binford the way it did," Binford Mayor Ken Gilbertson said.
WEST FARGO—West Fargo mother Julie Zimny bought a cell phone for her 11-year-old son to keep in touch when they would go to friends' houses or when she and her husband were out of the house. She soon saw the number was getting dozens of calls and messages of men looking to get together. Zimny thought it was just the previous owner's ex-boyfriends looking to hookup, but she discovered something worse.
FARGO—While it may seem simple according to the North Dakota Department of Transportation website, the requirements for REAL ID are already causing issues for some. A 20-year-old North Dakota State University junior, Jackson Stremick went to the the Fargo Driver's License Office in August to get a REAL ID. He grew up in Fargo, and his parents still live here, but he lives in a dorm.
FARGO—Carson Wentz is one of four players featured on the NFL Preview edition of Sports Illustrated, but finding it may be tough in his old college town. Walgreens isn't carrying it. Target isn't either. Barnes & Noble in Fargo does have plenty of Wentz to go around, saying they ordered extra in preparation for an eager fanbase. They are selling the magazine edition for $5.99, but if they run out, plenty of online outlets have already taken advantage of selling the Eagles' quarterback's SI appearance.
According to an article by Wallethub.com, Minnesota and North Dakota were second and eighth, respectively, in U.S. women's equality. South Dakota ranked 37th. There were three different categories that contributed to the overall ranking: workplace environment, education and health, and political empowerment. When it came to workplace environment rankings, Minnesota ranked fourth in the nation, North Dakota ranked 31st, while South Dakota ranked last at 50th.
An overwhelming majority of voters favor legalizing recreational marijuana in North Dakota, according to an Inforum poll conducted this week. And while those casting ballots could live anywhere, North Dakotans favor the move by a nearly four-to-one margin. The poll, conducted through Polco, showed 514 of 624 poll-takers, or 82.4 percent, support legalization in the state, where voters will cast ballots on the measure Nov. 6.
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.