Nice news of the day – October 17, 2018

North Dakota programmers hack solutions for FirstNet in 24-hour hackathon (KVRR)

On Sunday, October 14, 2018, techies of all ages and skill levels came together for 24 hours to build computer programs to improve public safety.  Four teams competed to find ways for North Dakota First Responders to better use FirstNet, a national broadband network for saving lives.  The hackathon was organized by Emerging Prairie, and awarded prizes for the top three ideas.  The winning team, Speed Wagon, was a team of four: Ruben Tipparach, Wren Erickson, Meg Ridl, and David Schwartz, who built a virtual reality simulator.

Minot State University to offer first medicinal plant chemistry program (West Fargo Pioneer)

Minot State University will soon be one of only two four-year universities in the United States to offer a medicinal plant chemistry track under the school’s Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry program.  The degree will require more applied sciences than professional or general chemistry, and graduates will be able to work in a wide variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, craft brewing, medicinal cannabis, and food science.

Jan Ketterling and No Doubt Ima Loper win Grand Champion at regional horse show (Wahpeton Daily News)

Teams of American Quarter Horses and their riders traveled to Rapid City, South Dakota to compete in the Region 2 American Quarter Horse Championship.  Wahpeton’s Jan Ketterling, riding her horse, No Doubt Ima Loper, was named Grand Champion in three events: Open Performance and Amateur Performance Geldings, and Rookie Amateur Showmanship.

Photo by Alex Kotliarskyi

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