January 2013: Around the State

University of Mary and Dickinson State University Form Partnership

(Left to Right) Dr. H.A. Shirvani, chancellor of the North Dakota University System; Father James Shea, president of University of Mary; Dr. D.C. Coston, president of Dickinson State University

University of Mary and Dickinson State University Form Partnership

The University of Mary has partnered with Dickinson State University (DSU) to offer master’s-level degrees in education, business, nursing and counseling in Dickinson beginning in March of this year. In addition, the colleges have agreed to explore the possibility of a 4 + 1 accelerated module. The module would enable new DSU students to finish their undergraduate degree in four years and enter a fifth year with the University of Mary to complete their master’s degree.

North Dakota Ranks Among Top Ten for Least Competitive Health Insurance Market

According to data reported by the American Medical Association (AMA), North Dakota ranks among the top ten of states with the least competitive health insurance market. The data is part of the AMA’s Competition in Health Insurance: A Comprehensive Study of  U.S. Markets annual analysis. According to the study, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota accounts for 60 percent of the state’s overall commercial health insurance market.

John Deere Expands Operations in Valley City

Deere & Company is investing over $20 million in the expansion of John Deere Valley City. The expansion will increase the facility’s size to over 325,000 square feet and is expected to add 50 to 100 new jobs to the area. Currently, John Deere Valley City employs over 350 people. The expansion is expected to be operational in early 2014.

North Dakota State University Hosts Largest Ever Fall Commencement

North Dakota State University (NDSU) recently hosted the school’s largest fall commencement ceremony.  A total of 756 graduate, professional and undergraduate students were eligible to participate.

Energy Impact Grants Committed to Help Townships in North Dakota

The North Dakota Land Board has committed an additional $2.5 million in Energy Impact Grant funding to help townships in Western North Dakota cover the costs of repairing roads damaged by heavy truck traffic in the oil rich area. The Land Board has granted a total of $124 million in grant funds over the past two years to meet a wide range of impacts created by rapid development. The additional grant has been allocated to specific projects for 176 townships in the area.

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