Politics / Elections

Sen. Hoeven Accuses Obama Administration of DAPL Delays

Senator John Hoeven says the Trump Administration should approve the final easement on DAPL immediately

  Senator Hoeven claims the Obama administration is again trying to delay the Dakota Access Pipeline project by changing the rules. He says a new environmental impact study will impose months and perhaps years of additional delay and difficulty on the people who live and work in the pipeline area. He says the company has complied with all federal and…

Sexual Orientation Discrimination Bill Proposed in North Dakota

Lawmakers Are hoping to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in North Dakota

Lawmakers are once again proposing a bill to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in North Dakota. This is the fourth time this bill has been introduced. The bipartisan bill was first introduced by openly gay Democratic State Representative Josh Boschee. State law in North Dakota currently prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, disability and other…

Fargo Man One Step Closer to Saving His Home

Fargo's Historic Preservation Commission says John and Sherri Stern's home is historically significant

  Fargo’s Historic Preservation Commission has given its endorsement to saving the house owned by John and Sherri Stern. The board determined the home near the Red River is historically significant because it was designed by the grand-daughter of world famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The home is one of four that the city needs in order to build a…

Governor Burgum Calling for Deeper Cuts of State’s Budget

Under his plan, Valley City State University Will Lose Funding for their building project

  North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum is calling for deeper cuts in the state budget than suggested by his predecessor. His proposal to lawmakers includes another $159 million in spending reductions. Burgum’s plan makes another $31 million cut to higher education and an additional $19 million would be cut by other state agencies. He would eliminate increases in Medicaid and…

DAPL Construction Company Asking Court to Block Army Corps Study

Energy Transfer Partners is asking a judge to stop the Army Corps of Engineers from doing an environmental study of DAPL

  The company building the Dakota Access oil pipeline wants a federal judge to block the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from launching a full environmental study of the pipeline’s disputed crossing in North Dakota. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners has asked a judge to stop the Corps from publishing a notice in the Federal Register on Wednesday announcing the study….

The Fargo-Moorhead Community Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Students at Concordia College honor MLK and discuss why his legacy is so important to them

Concordia students say it’s a holiday that should be recognized on more than just one day of the year. The impact of Dr. King is something that students will take with them forever. “One of his quotes is ‘it’s a day on not a day off’. And that’s really important to me,” said Kaila Juntunene, who is Co-Chair of the…

U.S. Senator Heitkamp Speaks Out About Alleged Death Threats

U.S. Senator Heitkamp won't let threats keep her from public appearances

WEST FARGO, N.D. — U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp spoke with KVRR for the first time about the threat against her life which put Kevin Olson in federal custody. Olson is accused of sending emails to Heitkamp in which he threatens to shoot her in the head. Heitkamp said this isn’t the first threat like this she’s received, although most past…

North Dakota Senators Address Veterans’ Issues

Senators Hoeven and Heitkamp visited the West Fargo VFW for their Mid-Winter Conference

WEST FARGO, N.D. — Both North Dakota senators were in West Fargo speaking to veterans at a VFW post for their mid–winter conference. There are multiple issues facing veterans these days including budget cuts, homelessness and unemployment, but Senator John Hoeven said North Dakota has made significant progress with veterans’ access to healthcare. “The VA healthcare system that exists here…

State Rep. Nelson Pushes For Recreational Marijuana Study

A petition to put a marijuana initative on the 2016 ballot failed

NORTH DAKOTA — In light of Measure 5 legalizing medical marijuana in North Dakota, one state politician wants to take this a step further. State Representative Marvin Nelson of Rolla wants the legislature to study recreational marijuana. Nelson says this will eventually become a question for legislators or voters. A petition to put recreational marijuana on the 2016 ballot did…

First Bill of MN Legislative Session Signed into Law

Governor Mark Dayton signed the first bill of the state's legislative session into law.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed the first bill of the 2017 state legislative session into law on Friday. It will provide cuts to 200,000 Minnesotans in an effort to help teachers, college students and homeowners. But Dayton is still debating with legislation about how to offset health insurance premium hikes. Although the state’s Senate passed financial help to these premiums,…