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Published September 12 2010

North Dakota Political Notebook: North Dakotans can apply for assistance online

BISMARCK – North Dakotans can now apply online for assistance programs, such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps), child care assistance and Medicaid.

The new system offers North Dakotans more choices in how to apply for help, said Tove Mandigo, director of the state Department of Human Services’ Economic Assistance Policy Division.

For applicants who are elderly, have disabilities or have young children, going to a county social service office can be a hardship, Mandigo said.

“It also affects applicants who have jobs and work, but need temporary short-term help due to some sort of setback in their households,” Mandigo said in a statement.

North Dakotans can complete the application at https://secure.apps.state.nd.us/dhs/ea/oasys/login.htm.

Completed online applications are routed to the appropriate county social service office, where employees review the information and follow up to determine if applicants qualify for programs, a news release said.

The system uses the same log-in process as other online North Dakota government applications. Anyone with a state log-in for those services can use the existing log-in. Otherwise, applicants can register for an account.

Legislative week ahead

The Higher Education Committee and Higher Education Roundtable members will meet Monday and Tuesday in the House chamber. Monday’s meeting begins at 9 a.m. and includes out-of-state speakers discussing higher education funding.

There will also be discussion regarding potential goals and expectations of the North Dakota University System, including methods to measure success in achieving the goals.

Tuesday’s meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. It includes roundtable discussion regarding higher education topics discussed at previous Higher Education Committee meetings.

There will also be a presentation by a representative of the university system on the 2009 accountability measures report.

Also Tuesday, the Administrative Rules Committee meets at 9 a.m. in the Roughrider Room of the state Capitol. The meeting includes presentations by the Attorney General’s Office, State Gaming Commission, state Health Department, Game and Fish, the Board of Pharmacy and the Public Service Commission.

On Wednesday, the Workers’ Compensation Review Committee meets at 9 a.m. in the Harvest Room of the state Capitol. The Taxation Committee meets at 9 a.m. in the Roughrider Room in the Capitol.

On Thursday, the Energy Development and Transmission Committee meets at 9 a.m. in the Roughrider Room in the Capitol. Also Thursday, the Judicial Process Committee meets at 9 a.m. in the Harvest Room in the Capitol.

Full meeting agendas can be found at www.legis.nd.gov/council/interim/meetings.

History conference

The 22nd annual Governor’s Conference on North Dakota History will highlight how education has been provided to North Dakota youth since 1951.

“The 3Rs in North Dakota: Education from 1951-2010” will be Oct. 29-30 at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck.

Conference sessions include Mary Harris, former dean of education at the University of North Dakota, speaking about “Excellence and Community in North Dakota Education: 1951 to 2010.”

The State Historical Society of North Dakota will present an update on the Historic Country Schoolhouse Survey Project. Carole Barrett of the University of Mary will discuss Indian schools in North Dakota.

Rep. RaeAnn Kelsch, R-Mandan, will discuss the role and impact of the federal government on state education.

For more information, contact Rick Collin at (701) 328-1476 or rcollin@nd.gov or Kiri Stone at (701) 328-2799 or kstone@nd.gov.

Preregistration is required. The registration form and full schedule, along with online registration (credit cards only) are available at www.history.nd.gov, as well as through the mail.

Teri Finneman is a multimedia reporter for Forum Communications Co.