Politics / Elections

State Sen. Mark Johnson & State Rep. Deb Kiel Listen to Concerns at 9 NW MN Town Halls

Many voiced concerns about mental health, childcare facilities and providing more housing

CROOKSTON, Minn. — It’s not uncommon for community members from Northwestern Minnesota to make the drive out to St. Paul just to talk to State Rep. Deb Kiel. “It is really fun to be able to sit down and talk and then get serious about what needs to change and how we can improve life for Northwestern Minnesota. It also…

WF Mayor Mattern Says Goodbye After 20 Years at His Last City Commission Meeting

He says he feels thankful for all of the growth he has been a part over the last two decades

WEST FARGO, N.D. — After 20 years with the city of West Fargo, 16 as mayor, Rich Mattern gets emotional as he says goodbye at his last city commission meeting. “Thru the years I’ve had the honor of working with some great, great staff.  *chokes up* Excuse me.” Mattern lost his re–election bid last week to Bernie Dardis. He says…

Fargo City Commission Approves Drinking at Downtown Events

FARGO, N.D. – City Commissioners approve a new license to allow drinking at public events in Downtown Fargo. The law makes a new liquor license only available to the Downtown Community Partnership for their events. Under the measure, alcohol can only be served in clearly identifiable cups provided by the partnership, people can only have drinks in a clearly marked…

ND Candidate for Congress Mac Schneider Focuses on Healthcare

Mac Schneider talked about why he believes Medicaid, providing protection for North Dakotans with preexisting conditions is important at the Fargo Public Library

FARGO, N.D. — A North Dakota Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives is focused on healthcare. Mac Schneider is running against Republican State Sen. Kelly Armstrong for Congressman Kevin Cramer’s seat. Schneider stopped by the Fargo Public Library to talk about the importance of Medicaid’s expansion in the state and providing protections for North Dakotans with pre–existing conditions. The…

US House Nominee Kelly Armstrong Makes Campaign Stop in West Fargo

The Republican nominee heads to Valley City tomorrow for the "Rally in the Valley"

WEST FARGO, N.D. — Just days after winning the GOP nomination for North Dakota’s seat in the US House of Representatives, Kelly Armstrong makes a quick campaign stop in West Fargo. Armstrong was the featured speaker at the Republican Roundup in West Fargo. Tonight’s event is one of a few GOP events taking place this weekend, all leading up to the…

Farmers, SNAP Recipients Applaud Senate Farm Bill

The bill is bipartisan

FARGO, N.D. — The Senate Agriculture Committee passed the Farm Bill on Wednesday. In addition to farmers, the measure will have a huge impact on those who are part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, or SNAP, program. More than 54,000 people in North Dakota rely on SNAP program benefits, including Ricky Belgarde’s family. “We’ve use it our whole lives. Being a…

CNN: GOP Senate Candidates Rep. Kevin Cramer and Corey Stewart Sought Support of Anti-Gay Group

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Two Republican Senate nominees sought and received the support of an anti-LGBT group that links homosexuality to pedophilia and defends conversion therapy. North Dakota’s Kevin Cramer and Virginia’s Corey Stewart who both won the Republican nomination in their respective states on Tuesday, filled out a “Senate Candidate Survey” for the group Public Advocate of the United States. The survey asks…

Amid Backlash For Peeping Guilty Plea, Will Gardner Ends ND Secretary of State Bid

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A North Dakota politician accused in a peeping incident at a college campus has formally dropped out of the race for secretary of state. Will Gardner notified Secretary of State Al Jaeger by a letter Wednesday that he will decline the GOP’s nomination. Gardner said he would withdraw last month after it came to light that…

Supreme Court strikes down MN law banning political clothing at polls

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has struck down a Minnesota law that restricted what voterscan wear to polls. The justices ruled Thursday that the law violates the First Amendment. Still, the justices’ 7-2 ruling suggested that some restrictions on what people can wear to vote are permissible. Most states have laws restricting what voters can wear to cast their ballots but Minnesota’s…

West Fargo School Board Could Be Doing An Election Recount

Fourth-place Jon Erickson and fifth-place Summer Kristianson have less than 20 votes between them

WEST FARGO, N.D. — There could be a recount of votes for the fourth open spot on the West Fargo School Board. Jim Jonas, Jessica Anne Heilman, Kara Gravley–Stack and Jon Erickson won in the election last night. However, Erickson and fifth–place vote getter Summer Kristianson have less than 20 votes between them. No recount has been set yet because the…