This is Up and Down, the place we briefly give a thumbs up or thumbs down on final week’s matters.
Comedian Bert Kreischer and his social media followers acquired a glimpse of North Dakotans serving to one another during a snowstorm final week. Kreischer’s tour bus acquired caught in Bismarck and he took to social media to ask for assist. He later posted his appreciation after a entrance loader towed the bus and not less than a dozen different volunteers confirmed as much as assist. The instance was simply considered one of many kindnesses that happen during a snow storm in North Dakota. Kreischer additionally posted a view from his Bismarck lodge room as folks got here to one another’s help within the car parking zone. “When you live in a place where Mother Nature is in control, people are nicer. Look at her. They help each other,” he stated.
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More than half of North Dakota’s eligible voters have chosen to not vote within the midterm elections. Turnout final Tuesday was slightly below 43%, that means a whopping 57% of those that had been capable of vote didn’t vote. This is complicated contemplating how straightforward it’s to vote in North Dakota. There is not any voter registration. And if you cannot make it to the polls on Election Day, you may get a mail-in poll or go to an early voting web site. There had been definitely intriguing factors on the poll — measures geared toward imposing time period limits on lawmakers and legalizing leisure marijuana, and a US residence race that includes a former Miss America attempting to unseat an incumbent Republican. Apparently that wasn’t sufficient for some.
The University of Mary has huge plans for sports activities services. The Bismarck School has launched architectural renderings of a brand new athletic advanced that might price $90 million to construct and would carry out of doors soccer, baseball, soccer and observe competitions again to campus. It would contain an entire reworking of the east aspect of the campus. The mission appears worthy — maintaining with different faculties is vital to staying aggressive within the NCAA Division II. Significant fundraising stays. Let’s hope the college’s marketing campaign is profitable.
The unfunded legal responsibility for the North Dakota State Employee Retirement Plan has reached $1.7 billion. Republican Rep. Austen Schauer of West Fargo calls it a failure. And he says, “We have to find out.” An interim Legislative Committee not too long ago voted to ship two payments to the Legislative Management Committee that might change the retirement plan if permitted during the 2023 session. The transfer would basically be from a conventional pension plan to a 401(ok)-type plan. A change wouldn’t have an effect on workers already within the plan – it might begin with new authorities workers. Schauer says the retirement plan has labored effectively for workers who benefited from it. And others say it is a good recruiting instrument. But as Schauer places it, “We have a big problem.”