Reeves Foundation awards grant to ND Assistive

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation have awarded a $75,000 grant to ND Assistive, a state program that provides assistive technology devices and services to those who need them. 

The funds will go to support ND Assistive's new Smart Home First project, which aims to improve access to smart home technology for North Dakotans with paralysis. Technology could range from smart plugs and smart window blinds to thermostats and door locks that are controlled by speech or eye gaze.

Applicants wanted for Planning and Zoning Commission

The Mandan City Commission will be considering applicants for an at-large position on the Planning and Zoning Commission for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2021.

The Mandan Planning and Zoning Commission reviews plats, zone changes, annexations, development plans, other planning related issues and, ultimately, deciding whether to approve or deny requests.

Terms are typically five years and members may be reappointed for multiple terms. Planning and Zoning meetings are held the fourth Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the Ed “Bosh” Froehlich meeting room at Mandan City Hall.

The position must be filled by a resident living within Mandan city limits. Interested members of the community are encouraged to submit a cover letter summarizing their background and reason of interest.

Letters should be submitted by July 31, 2019, to Nancy Moser, Engineering and Planning Department, Mandan City Hall, 205 2nd Avenue NW, Mandan, or by email to nmoser@cityofmandan.com. For more info, call Nancy at 667-3225.

Pesticide disposal dates announced

State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring urges farmers, ranchers, pesticide dealers and applicators, government agencies and homeowners to bring unusable pesticides to a Project Safe Send collection location in July. The nearest collection site to Mandan will run from 8 a.m. to noon July 11 at 218 S. Airport Rd., Bismarck.

Project Safe Send, a program funded through fees paid by pesticide manufacturers, collects old, unusable or banned pesticides, including herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides and fungicides, which are then shipped out of state and incinerated.

Only those with more than 1,000 pounds of pesticides need to pre-register a week in advance. There is a maximum of 20,000 pounds of pesticides per person.

To pre-register, obtain plastic bags or for more information, contact Jeremiah Lien at the North Dakota Department of Agriculture at 701-425-3016 or jjlien@nd.gov.

UND releases 2019 spring commencement

The following students from Morton County have completed their degrees at the University of North Dakota. Their names and degrees earned are listed by hometown below.

Flasher: Joseph H. Stegmiller, Certificate, Geographic Information Science. 

Mandan: Chandler J. Bondeson, bachelor of business administration, investments; Kelsi L. Hatzenbuhler, bachelor of arts, summa cum laude, psychology; Micaela J. Higlin, bachelor of business administration, banking and financial economics; Tre D. Kautzman, bachelor of science in petroleum engineering, magna cum laude; MaKayla M. Kohler, bachelor of accountancy, magna cum laude; Georgia R. Kuntz, bachelor of science in medical laboratory science; Christina M. Kupper, master of education, special education; Sadie E. Larson, master of occupational therapy; Adam J. Lech, bachelor of business administration, business economics, operations and supply chain management; Scott M. Monzelowsky, bachelor of business administration, management; Kayla A. Olson, bachelor of science, summa cum laude, biology/professional health; Krista L. Sauber, bachelor of business administration, summa cum laude, business economics; Justin L. Schafer, bachelor of science, summa cum laude, biology/professional health; Derik J. Schaner, bachelor of arts, cum laude, communication sciences and disorders; Tanner J. Stechmann, master of science, biology.

New Salem: Larae M. Beth, doctor of medicine.

St. Scholastica announces grads

One student from Morton County has received a graduate degree from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth.

Matthew Klein, of Mandan, graduated from St. Scholastica with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

Riemers announces candidacy for US Congress

Roland Riemers has announced his intention to run against Republican Kelly Armstrong for North Dakota's lone House seat in 2020.

Riemers, a long time Libertarian and historically the top North Dakota Libertarian vote getter, has not decided which party he will seek endorsement from and may run as an independent candidate. The theme for his campaign will be “Make US Free Again.”

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