August 2012: Around the State

Mercy Medical Center Receives Grant to Expand Patient Access

The Mercy Medical Center in Williston recently received $451,629 in funding from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. The grant will be used to connect rural patients to emergency specialists through utilization of technologically advanced eEmergency equipment. The equipment allows emergency physicians and emergency-trained nurses to assist local providers in treating critical conditions while keeping patients closer to their homes.

Disability Health Project Receives Three-Year Federal Grant

The North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities’ Disability (NDCPD) Health II project has secured a three-year federal grant to assist in improving the health of those with disabilities through state-based public health programs. NDCPD will receive $300,000 in the project’s first year and is expected to receive similar funding each subsequent year. Eighteen states were awarded the grant to develop and strengthen heath-related disability programs. Additionally, NDCDP recently received a three-year, $533,000 federal grant to assist the North Dakota Senior Medicare Patrol program in combating Medicare fraud. NDCPD is located on Minot State University’s campus.

Companies Develop Plans for New Refineries

Three new oil refineries are being proposed and considered for development in North Dakota. Upon completion of any of the three projects, it would be the first new facility in the United States since 1976. The three projects are being proposed near Dickinson, Trenton and Makoti on the Fort Berthold Reservation.

Housing Agency Pledges $4.25 Million to Incentive Fund Projects

The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) has pledged $4.25 million to six new Housing Incentive Fund (HIF) projects. The incentive fund was established in 2011 to help create affordable housing. Since its creation, NDHFA has pledged over $14 million to support 23 housing projects creating 630 new rental units. The fund has already approved 17 projects. Before developers can access funding from the state, all financing must be in place.

A view of a recently remodeled room at the Stanley Hotel.

A view of a recently remodeled room at the Stanley Hotel.

Target Logistics Completes Stanley Hotel

Target Logistics recently celebrated the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the Stanley Hotel in Stanley, ND. The hotel was remodeled and expanded and now features 246 rooms and provides accommodations for approximately 350 people. The project was completed in less than six months.

BenchMark Energy Corporation Extends Research Agreement with UND

BenchMark Energy Corporation has agreed to extend its research contract with the University of North Dakota (UND) through July of next year. The contract calls for UND to study the impact of adding glycerin to coal upon combustion performance and will ascertain possible benefits. The work will be conducted by the Sustainable Energy Research Initiative and Supporting Education center at the university.

North Dakota State University Receives Endowment from Gate City Bank

North Dakota State University was awarded a $500,000 gift from Gate City Bank for the renovation of a 1960’s-era auditorium as well as its ongoing maintenance. The revamped auditorium was recently dedicated at the school and improvements included new seats and carpet, easier access for the disabled and updated educational technology. The auditorium is the largest and most used on campus.

Valley City State University’s Online Master of Education Program Ranked “Best Buy”

Valley City State University’s (VCSU) online Master of Education program has been ranked as a “Best Buy” by The website conducted an independent review of 367 online education masters from 129 regionally accredited universities. The university’s program was calculated to cost less than $12,000 where the average cost for online master degree programs is a little over $16,700.

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