BISMARCK—North Dakota residents have been able to obtain a REAL ID since May 1, but how has implementation of the system unfolded? In a recent Forum News Service story, 20-year-old North Dakota State University student Jackson Stremick described his issues getting a REAL ID. Stremick lived in his parents' Fargo home on breaks from college. His problems stemmed from not having his name on documents that proved where he lived.
According to an article by Wallethub.com, Minnesota and North Dakota were second and eighth, respectively, in U.S. women's equality. South Dakota ranked 37th. There were three different categories that contributed to the overall ranking: workplace environment, education and health, and political empowerment. When it came to workplace environment rankings, Minnesota ranked fourth in the nation, North Dakota ranked 31st, while South Dakota ranked last at 50th.
BISMARCK-- While the REAL ID Act has been in effect since 2005, North Dakota's state legislature and Gov. Doug Burgum didn't sign the final bill for REAL ID in North Dakota until 2017. The primary reason for implementing the act is reducing identity fraud. According to the NDDOT website, certain security processes help identify and confirm the ID holder matches the person on the ID. With the REAL ID act in place, North Dakota residents won't be able to board domestic flights with their standard ID starting October 2020.
WEST FARGO—The Red River Valley Fair has hit West Fargo again, July 10-15, for the 51st year. With it comes food, live music and rides, but how safe are the rides we trust every time we visit the fair? Currently, North Dakota doesn't require a state inspection of amusement park rides, but past incidents reveal how dangerous amusement park rides in North Dakota and Minnesota can be. Red River Valley Fair General Manager Bryan Schulz says the rides are always properly inspected, despite the lack of state regulation.
FARGO—Many gathered in the Sanctuary Events Center Wednesday, June 20, to witness 73 individuals to complete their process in becoming a U.S. citizen through the naturalization ceremony. North Dakota Supreme Court Justice Lisa Fair McEvers was the featured speaker while U.S. Magistrate Judge Alice Senechal presided over the ceremony for new citizens who came from across North Dakota.
WEST FARGO-- The skies were clear, and the wind was perfect for a evening of skydiving. Sheila Carter was out there to enjoy skydiving for the first time, but this evening meant more. Carter is an employee at Bell Bank and receives $1,000 from them yearly to contribute to the community through their Pay It Forward program. This year she used the money to pay for four veterans' skydiving trips in honor of her father who served in Vietnam and died October 2017.