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CHS Corner website launch

North Dakota first lady Kathryn Burgum, left, takes a group selfie with students at Century High School before classes last week during the launch of CHS Corner, a one-stop, user-friendly website created by Rachel Roehrich that connects students with mental health and addiction resources. The students, from left, are Brock Voegele, Kaitlyn, Justice Coleman, Roehrich, Oriana Richter, Emily Kuntz, Brooklyn Richter and Irie Thompson.

This is Up and Down, where we give a brief thumbs up and thumbs down on the issues from the past week.

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A group of Century High School students developed a user-friendly website to provide classmates with mental health and addiction resources. The recently launched CHS Corner includes tips for students on topics such as effectively managing stress, an information section containing articles for students and a school and community resources page. The CHS group was one of 17 student groups in the state to receive funding through North Dakota first lady Kathryn Burgum's Youth Ending Stigma Challenge -- a program that awarded up to $1,000 to student-led projects aimed at getting rid of the stigma surrounding mental health and addiction. The CHS project demonstrates how students can work to help their peers. Projects like this will improve students’ lives.

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It’s unfortunate that Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation last week requiring Washington refineries and other facilities that offload or load crude oil from a rail car to meet lower vapor pressure standards than what North Dakota requires. The standard would take effect if the state has an increase in rail traffic or if new facilities are constructed. Inslee also signed legislation banning hydraulic fracturing in Washington. Washington legislators didn’t show a desire to work with North Dakota on the rail car bill, now there likely will be legal action.

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During the school year MDU Resources Group Inc. and the Bismarck Tribune honored 32 students as a Teen of the Week. On Thursday, Bismarck High School’s Naomi Hegwood was named Teen of the Year. Hegwood and the 31 other students are examples of the best of the best. They excel in the classroom and outside it and have earned their accolades. Harry Pearce, who is retiring as MDU Resources board of directors chairman, also merits our thanks. MDU Resources awarded a $5,000 scholarship to Hegwood and Pearce personally added $5,000. That was more than generous. We have no doubt the 32 seniors are on the path to greater successes.

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It’s understandable that testimony at public hearings can sometimes get heated. People can get passionate about issues that impact their lives. However, those attending need to control their emotions, especially elected officials. At a recent meeting over wind turbine regulations, Rep. Jeff Magrum, R-Hazelton, reportedly confronted and yelled at Rep. Mike Brandenburg, R-Edgeley. Those in attendance were surprised by incident. Magrum later said he "didn't act appropriately." Hopefully, he’s better behaved in the future.

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Ten nurses were honored last week at the first "Nurses: The Heart of Health Care" luncheon at Bismarck State College. The event put the focus on a profession that’s essential for the health of every community. The 10 who were honored reflect the variety of tasks that nurses must handle. They all merit our thanks.

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There’s nothing funny about counterfeit money. Bismarck and Mandan police said reports of counterfeit bills often come in streaks and there have been recent reports of counterfeit $100 bills in both cities. Those who receive the fake bills usually lose money. It’s important that everyone’s alert for the bad bills.

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