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North Dakotans go to Washington to ask Sen. Heitkamp and Sen. Hoeven to Protect Obamacare

WASHINGTON – North Dakota families travel to Washington, D.C. to urge Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp to protect the Affordable Care Act. Melissa Schroeder maxes out on her health insurance every year. Her son Tyler has a form of congenital heart disease and caring for his needs costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. “This is all just maintaining his health…

Minnesota sees highest number of primary voters in over 3 decades

(KMSP) – Tuesday primary election in Minnesota saw the highest number of primary voters in more than three decades. According to Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon, 902,119 people voted in the primary–the highest number of voters since 1982. Overall voter turnout was approximately 22.7 percent, which is the highest it has been since 1992. Statewide, 582,314 voters cast a ballot in the DFL primary and 319,807 cast…

Rep. Tim Walz Will Face Hennepin Co. Commissioner Jeff Johnson in MN Governor Race

MINNESOTA- (AP) Democratic Rep. Tim Walz has won a three-way primary for Minnesota governor and will face Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson who defeated former two-term Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Walz leveraged his rural Minnesota connections and a geographically balanced ticket to defeat state Rep. Erin Murphy and Attorney General Lori Swanson in Tuesday’s primary. Walz is leaving Congress after six…

Report alleges MN AG Lori Swanson used government employees for campaign work

(KMSP) – According to an investigation by an online news organization, Attorney General Lori Swanson inappropriately used government employees to work on her campaigns. The allegations were published by the “Intercept,” an outlet that prides itself on what they call “adversarial journalism.” Meanwhile, the Swanson campaign argues it’s a solely an attempt to settle political scores. But at least one former employee in the…

Third Party Vendor blamed for 911 outage in ND & MN

Minnesota officials say a third party vendor working on a 911 system caused a widespread 911 service failure in eastern North Dakota and Minnesota. Fargo, Grand Forks and Twin Cities–area cities scrambled to broadcast alternative emergency phone numbers through social media and other means during the hour long outage Wednesday. A CenturyLink spokesman says that the company is investigating the…

Charges: Inmate used hammer, homemade knives to attack MN Corrections Officer

STILLWATER, Minn. (KMSP) – Charges have been filed against Edward Johnson, the man that killed Stillwater Correctional Officer Joseph Gomm last month. Johnson faces one felony count of second degree murder and one felony count of second degree assault. The charges also detail the way Johnson went about the attack, including the fact that he used a prison-issued hammer and two…

Congratulations, Alison Voorhees! Our Anchor is Pregnant!

We’re excited to announce that some big changes are coming our way. Or should I say, my way? I’m expecting a baby! If you haven’t noticed, my baby belly has been growing. Thankfully the desk helps me hide it! The baby is due in December. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been sharing the news with family, close friends and…

Trump Nominates Federal Appellate Judge Brett Kavanaugh For Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is nominating influential conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as he seeks to shift the nation’s highest court further to the right. Trump chose the 53-year-old federal appellate judge for the seat opened up by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kavanaugh would be less receptive to abortion and gay rights than Kennedy…

Grand Forks Police End Shelter In Place, Suspect Apprehended

The suspect has been apprehended, though the scene remains active, there is no longer a public safety concern.

Samuel Nelson, 36 of Grand ForksUPDATE 6:20 PM – Authorities have identified the suspect in a Monday afternoon standoff as 36-year-old Samuel Nelson of Grand Forks. Grand Forks Police say officers tried to take Nelson into custody for five warrants when he ran into an apartment building on the 1100 block of 14th Avenue South. Witnesses say it appeared like…

Scott Pruitt Resigns as EPA Administrator

WASHINGTON (Fox News) – Scott Pruitt has resigned as head of the Environmental Protection Agency after a string of controversies involving his leadership, President Trump announced Thursday on Twitter. “Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this,” tweeted Trump, who added that EPA Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler would take over…