5 things to know today: Street racing, Recidivism reduction, Economic growth, Support for Burgum, Childhood hepatitis – InForum
1. Too fast and the locals are furious: Fargo city leaders and police pledge to crack down on street racing
More than 50 concerned city residents attended a Thursday, May 5 town hall at Fargo City Hall to discuss the crackdown on racing and noise pollution on city streets, saying some areas look like war zones and that one-way streets were “integrated racetracks”. .”
The town hall discussion was hosted by City Commissioner Arlette Preston, while Fargo Police Chief David Zibolski laid out startling facts about more speeders fleeing police.
Mayor Tim Mahoney and Municipal Engineer Brenda Derrig were also at City Hall to listen to complaints and discuss possible solutions, such as road design, more speed bumps, cameras, increased police presence and possibly the seizure of vehicles.
Since 2012, drag racing, racing and exhibition driving have increased, Zibolski said.
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2. Cass County Announces Inmate Education Initiative Aimed at Reducing Recidivism
In a quest to slow down the revolving door of inmates, Cass County launches an initiative to bring vocational training classes to the jail.
Sheriff Jesse Jahner calls it the “REIGNITE” concept. He said it’s an acronym that stands for “residential improvement and individual growth, naturally and intentionally through education.”
Retired Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney came to town to talk about the program, calling on plumbers, electricians and farmhands to help. They would teach classes at the prison to help inmates better integrate into society after their release.
“By doing so, we can generate behavior change, and if we can break the cycle of criminal behavior, we can rip and break the revolving doors in and out of prison,” Laney said.
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3. The ND economy continues to grow; positive outlook for Fargo, Grand Forks and Bismarck metro areas
North Dakota’s economy continues to show signs of growth for 2022, including higher wages, a growing workforce, lower unemployment, strong tax collections, and a growing total of goods and services produced throughout the state.
An updated quarterly economic outlook report, produced by North Dakota State University professor Jeremy Jackson, also points to a positive outlook for the state’s three largest metropolitan areas – Fargo, Bismarck and Grand Forks – for the second quarter.
The report, released Monday, May 2, offers a mixed forecast for Minnesota’s economy, although the Minneapolis area has a positive outlook.
Meanwhile, the U.S. economy contracted in the first quarter of 2022 and is showing signs of recession, according to the report from the Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise.
North Dakota’s labor force grew nearly 1% in the first quarter of 2022 and growth is expected to continue. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate has fallen below 3% and may continue to decline slightly in the near term, but the overall outlook is for unemployment to remain stable near its current level, just above 3%.
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4. Burgum touts Applied Blockchain facilities and state energy policies
A celebration of a project like Applied Blockchain Inc’s state-of-the-art hosting facility only happens if there are entrepreneurs and risk takers willing to raise the capital to execute a plan and collaboration between numerous entities and partners, according to Gov. Doug Burgum.
“You can’t celebrate a project like this that’s at the forefront of innovation unless you have entrepreneurs, unless you have risk takers, unless you have people who are willing to going out and trying to do things with new models in places where people say it will never work,” he said.
Applied Blockchain held a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, May 5 for its hosting facility located approximately 7 miles north of Jamestown, near the substation owned by Otter Tail Power Co. The hosting facility is co-located with the substation.
September plans called for Applied Blockchain’s hosting facility to deliver 100 megawatts of capacity in early 2022. Construction of the hosting facility began in September.
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5. The North Dakota Department of Health is investigating a mysterious case of pediatric hepatitis
The North Dakota Department of Health is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate a child with hepatitis of unknown cause. The child resides in Grand Forks County and is recovering at home after a brief hospitalization, the Department of Health said in a news release. North Dakota is among a growing list of states investigating children with hepatitis where the usual causes have been ruled out.
“We encourage medical providers to review their records through October 2021 for any patients who warrant further investigation,” Kirby Kruger, chief of the health department’s medical services section, said in a press release. . “NDDoH is working with the CDC to help identify cases that will help understand the cause of hepatitis in children and understand how we can prevent these illnesses from occurring in the future.”
NDDoH encourages parents to watch for symptoms of hepatitis or liver inflammation, including fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, pale stools and jaundice.
A link between hepatitis and adenovirus cases has been suggested. For this reason, the CDC asks doctors to consider adenovirus testing. Adenovirus infections are common and occur in people of all ages. Symptoms may include cold-like symptoms, fever, sore throat, pneumonia, diarrhea, or pink eye.
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