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  • Child Support Amnesty Project Extended
     BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Child Support Program announced today that the Amnesty Project will be extended through the end of July. The project is a temporary effort to help parents who are behind on child support payments to establish regular monthly support payments for their children. It was launched on June 1, 2016.  “With the extension of time, we hope more parents will contact our program to see if they qualify for the project and enter into a reliable payment plan for their children,” said Jim Fleming, director of the Child Support Program.  The Amnesty Project includes a match incentive. For every $2 paid toward past-due support, eligible parents can receive a “write-off” of $1 toward any accrued interest or past-due support assigned to the state.  Fleming said 22 parents who were behind on support payments had taken advantage of the match incentive as of June 24. In at least three cases, parents satisfied their entire past-due amount and one of those cases had a balance of more than $11,000. In a separate case, a family received a child support payment for the first time since 2009. “Every payment helps children, even if there are more parents yet who could take advantage of this time-limited opportunity,” Fleming said. In addition to the match incentive, parents can enter into a payment plan with a reduced or waived down-payment in exchange for paying current support and an affordable contribution toward past-due support. If a payment plan is signed, Child Support will reinstate any suspended licenses and will suggest to the court that any outstanding warrants for non-payment of court-ordered child support be dismissed. Parents who are behind on child support payments and are interested in participating in the Amnesty Project should contact Child Support to talk about their case. Contact information is online at www.childsupportnd.com. Offices are open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Department records show nearly $259 million is owed in past-due support. Adding privately-enforced child support cases, the past-due support climbs to $349.4 million. This is the first time the North Dakota Child Support Program offered the Amnesty Project. To raise awareness about the Amnesty Project, the Child Support Program sent letters in June to nearly 2,000 parents with suspended driver’s licenses. In May, over 600 people with outstanding warrants for non-payment of court-ordered child support were notified of the project. Fleming said community partners, including judges and judicial referees, have supported the project by referring parents to Child Support so they can enter into a payment plan under the Amnesty Project. The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Child Support Program serves about 66,400 children per year by helping disburse nearly $158 million in support payments to their families. The program also helps to establish paternity and child support orders, and takes enforcement against those parents who are not supporting their children.
  • UPDATE: Mrs. North Dakota - America Pageant and Princess in the Mirror Pageant Coming to Jamestown
     Christene Jorissen - Mrs. NDA, 2015 JAMESTOWN - The Mrs. North Dakota /America Pageant Weekend will be held on July 8-10, 2016 in Jamestown, North Dakota. Mary Schwartzkopf, Mrs. North Dakota-America 2011 is the state director.   The current Mrs. NDA 2015, Christine Jorissen will be joined by 2 Local Titleholders,  Mrs. West Fargo- Kerry Faine and Mrs. Bismarck- Shayna Griffiths Jordan are competing for the 2016 Mrs. NDA title. The pageant show is scheduled for Sunday  at 3:00 pm, July 10, 2016 at the Jamestown’s Quality Inn & Suites. This year’s Pageant Entertainer is Cissi Marie from Phoenix, Arizona.  During the pageant, Cissi Marie will open the pageant with the “Star Spangle Banner.”   She will also incorporate her songs to sing with the local titleholders “Evening Gown” category.  Inspired by Jazz, Ballads, Gospel, Broadway and Inspirational Music,  Cissi has a smooth, calming, confident yet warm spirited style.  She has cultivated her love for music since early childhood and has performed at community events, weddings, small parties, memorials and conferences.  A former Mrs. Washington/America 1999, She is also a voiceover artist.  For more information on this entertainer, go to: www.cissimarie.com/Special guests this year are former Mrs. NDA 1987 – Mary Dawn Christophersen and Mrs. NDA 2008- Tricia Seckerson. Another Special feature that will be in place during the Mrs. ND/America state pageant is the “Princess in the Mirror” Mini Pageant that each contestant will be crowned a star tiara by Mrs. North Dakota/ Amer., 2015, Christine Jorissen.  Applications can be found and downloaded on the state pageant website:  www.mrsnd.com and click at the button labeled, Princess in the Mirror.  Deadline is:  July 1st.  BUT those interested, can download an application from the pageant website and notify the director asap at the email address below. The new Mrs. NDA 2016 will be competing in the Mrs. America National pageant that will be held in Las Vegas, NV., at the Westgate Resort.  Keep watching for future pageant developments with state winners and First Runner-up delegates Fabulous Face Contests on the Mrs. America’s national pageant website. For more information on the 2016 Mrs. ND-America state pageant, Please email your questions to: mrsndamerica2011@hotmail.com  and visit the Mrs. NDA State Pageant Website at: www.mrsnd.comYou can view the Mrs. America website at:  www.mrs.america.com  and read more about Mrs. America, the national pageant and this year’s official cause of choice for Mrs. America, “Victoria’s Voice” that all of the state pageants for Mrs. America are supporting.
  • Lost Dickey County Boy Located and Returned to Parents
     ELLENDALE — An 18-month old boy who was reported lost in a cornfield near the border of North Dakota and South Dakota has been found safe, if sore.The boy disappeared on his family's farm south of Ellendale about 11:30 Thursday morning...
  • Russell says Dickey County Fair Will Have Some Unique Opportunities
     ELLENDALE - Emergency Manager Charlie Russell says his office tries each year to show off assets from the world of emergency response at the Dickey County Fair in Ellendale. This year, Russell says they've been blessed with the North Dakota Department of Health's willingness to erect a section of their Military Inflatable Hospital and to put one of the Mobile Command Units on display at the fair July 8 -10. Russell notes that most people have little or no knowledge of the Department of Health's ability to respond to disasters...
  • Body Found in Moorhead, MN After Fire
     MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) - Authorities say the death of a person found after a Moorhead house fire is suspicious. Crews were called to the fire Tuesday. Responders did not immediately find any victims inside the home, but a search through the rubble uncovered a burned body. The Ramsey County medical examiner's office will positively identify the body. The cause and origin of the fire is still under investigation. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the state fire marshal are involved in the investigation.  
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