Politics / Elections

Proposed Citizenship Question Causes Concern for 2020 Census

Officials say an accurate count is essential for federal grant allocation

FARGO, N.D. — A proposed addition to the 2020 census is causing concern for the accuracy of data on people in the country. A possible question on citizenship has opponents worried certain populations will be discouraged from answering in fear of potential consequences. The Trump administration argues that the citizenship question is essential for enforcing the Voting Rights Act. “I can’t…

Vice President Mike Pence Visits Fargo to Talk Tax Reform, Endorse Rep. Kevin Cramer

The last time Vice President Pence came to North Dakota was last October

FARGO, N.D. — Vice President Mike Pence talked to North Dakotans about how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 will directly impact them. It’s the second time Vice President Mike Pence has come to Fargo since being elected into office. “It’s such a great opportunity to see him because we don’t get a lot of national, political figures here,”…

Arlette Preston Announces Candidacy for Fargo City Commission

She was on the commission 18 years ago

FARGO, N.D. —  A Fargo woman who was on the city commission 18 years ago is running for a seat again. Arlette Preston announced her candidacy Tuesday morning. The former school board member and one–time candidate for mayor of Fargo says the city is at a crucial turning point with a growing population and increasing influence. Preston wants to focus on…

North Dakota Could Sue Federal Government Over Protest Costs

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says he plans to file a claim

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota could go after the federal government to recoup costs from policing the Dakota Access oil pipeline protests. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says he plans to file a claim with the Army Corps of Engineers and possibly other federal agencies. If it’s rejected, the state might sue. Protests in 2016 and 2017 brought thousands of pipeline…

Vice President Pence Visits Fargo

Pence is attending a Fargo fundraiser for Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, who's trying to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) _ U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is traveling to North Dakota on Tuesday. Pence is attending a Fargo fundraiser for Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, who’s trying to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. Pence also is scheduled to speak at an event on tax reform. He’s to deliver a similar speech in Minneapolis on Wednesday. It’s…

Red River Valley Welcomes More Than 100 New Americans

Many new citizens look forward to voting

  MOORHEAD, Minn. — The U.S. District Court of Minnesota naturalized more than 100 new citizens from 24 different countries at MSUM. Everyone at the ceremony has been waiting three years or more for this day. They all needed to apply for a green card, take a citizenship test and take the oath of allegiance at the ceremony. Immigration services…

Hundreds Advocate for Gun Reform at March for Our Lives

The march in Fargo was one of hundreds across the country

FARGO, N.D. — People in cities across the country gathered for March for our Lives to advocate for gun reform. Hundreds gathered in downtown Fargo to take part in the local event. The march was organized by a group called “Moms Demand Action.” The group was created after the Sandy Hook shooting and pushes lawmakers for what they say is common…

Congressman Kevin Cramer’s Son Dies

In a Facebook post this morning, North Dakota's representative says son Isaac has died.

In a Facebook post Thursday, U.S. Congressman Kevin Cramer (R-ND) says his son Isaac died earlier at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. In the post, Cramer writes he and his wife Kris are grateful to be with Isaac at the time of his death. Cramer writes that the family listened to music and held hands as Isaac “looked at…

MN Lawmakers Consider Cameras In The Courtroom With Restrictions

The House Public Safety committee unanimously passed legislation Wednesday that would require defendants, witnesses and others to approve filming.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ House lawmakers are proposing steep restrictions on the use of cameras in Minnesota courtrooms. The House Public Safety committee unanimously passed legislation Wednesday that would require defendants, witnesses and others to approve filming. State courts lifted a longtime ban on cameras and started testing them during criminal sentencing so long as the victims, families and…

Petition Approved to Create Ethics Commission

A group is trying to establish an ethics commission in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — A petition effort has been approved for a group trying to establish an ethics commission in North Dakota. The commission would adopt rules for corruption, elections and lobbying and for reporting alleged violations. Secretary of State Al Jaeger says the group must collect nearly 27,000 valid signatures by July 9. If they do, the constitutional initiated measure…