All News in September, 2012

Lake Region 911 to utilize CodeRED Emergency Notification system

The Lake Region 911 Center has contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed notification solution. The CodeRED system provides Ramsey, Benson, Nelson, Towner, Eddy, & Rolette officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or their entire cities in their counties.


Starr Klemetsrud, 911 Co-Coordinator, cautioned that such systems are only as good as the telephone number database supporting them. “If your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called.” One of the reasons the CodeRED system was selected is it gives individuals and businesses the ability to add their own phone numbers directly into the system’s database; this is an extremely important feature.


“No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included,” Klemetsrud said urging all individuals and businesses to log onto the Lake Region Law Enforcement Centers website, , and follow the link to the “CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment” page. Those without Internet access may call Starr at (701)-662-0700), Monday through Friday, (7AM-4PM) to supply their information over the phone. Required information includes first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, zip code, and primary phone number, additional phone numbers can be entered as well.


All businesses should register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the past year, and those who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number.


Klemetsrud explained, “CodeRED allows geographically based delivery, which means street addresses are required to ensure emergency notification calls are received by the proper individuals in a given situation. The system works for cell phones too, but we need to have an associated street address to provide relevant messages.”


Klemetsrud stated, “CodeRED gives those who want to be included an easy and secure method for inputting information. The data collected will only be used for emergency notification purposes.” Questions should be directed to the Starr Klemetsrud 911 Co-Coordinator, 701-662-0700.

Free eBooks can now be downloaded!

If you have a Nook/Kindle/e-Reader device you can now download and borrow FREE eBooks, eAudio books and eMovies courtesy of the Lake Region Public Library.

The library has joined the North Dakota Library2Go consortium which has over 6,000 titles available – and they’re free to library patrons. To get a library card and to join the borrowers in the Library2Go system, call or drop by the Lake Region Public Library.

Call 662-2220 or find the library on 7th street, right next to Central Middle School!

Obama administration announces $500 million in community college grants to expand job training through local employer partnerships

Grants are the 2nd installment of $2 billion, 4-year initiative

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced $500 million in grants to community colleges and universities around the country for the development and expansion of innovative training programs. The grants are part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative, which promotes skills development and employment opportunities in fields such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and health care, as well as science, technology, engineering and math careers through partnerships between training providers and local employers. The U.S. Department of Labor is implementing and administering the program in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education.

Speaking in Florida at St. Petersburg College, which is receiving $15 million in funds to lead a consortium of community colleges across the state in developing programs focused on advanced manufacturing, Secretary Solis said: “These federal grants are part of the Obama administration’s ongoing commitment to strengthening American businesses by strengthening the American workforce. This strategic investment will enhance ties among community colleges, universities, employers and other local partners while ensuring that students have access to the skills and resources they need to compete for high-wage, high-skill careers.”

The initiative complements President Obama’s broader goals to help ensure that every American has at least one year of postsecondary education and the U.S. has the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. Through this initiative, each state plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will receive at least $2.5 million in dedicated funding for community college career training programs.

In total, 297 schools will receive grants as individual applicants or as members of a consortium. The grants include 27 awards to community college and university consortia totaling $359,237,048 and 27 awards to individual institutions totaling $78,262,952. Twenty-five states that were without a winning individual submission will be contacted to develop a qualifying $2.5 million project.

Educational institutions will use these funds to create affordable training programs that meet industry needs, invest in staff and educational resources, and provide access to free, digital learning materials. All education materials developed through the grants will be available for use by the public and other education providers through a Creative Commons license.

These grants emphasize evidence-based program design. Each grantee is required to collect rigorous student outcome data annually and conduct final evaluations at the end of the grant period to build knowledge about which strategies are most effective in placing graduates in jobs.

Learn more about the grant program at A list of grantees by state, including project descriptions, follows.


Lake Region State College
Total Award Amount: $2,990,355

The project creates career pathways through coursework and training of a grassroots technology, precision agriculture demanding to be developed in the agricultural state of North Dakota. This proposal has as its major purpose to deliver training and assistance to Trade Adjustment Assistance-impacted workers, unemployed veterans, and other unemployed and underemployed people seeking to increase their skills for new and higher-paying jobs in the state of North Dakota. Lead and fiscal agent Lake Region State College will provide online learning and personalized instruction implementing a modular curriculum for skill development in basic computers, human relations in the workplace, and agriculture production and electronics, allowing multiple entry and exit points for participants.

September 2012 Available now!

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