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U.S. Farm Industry Drowning in Debt

UNITED STATES – Government numbers show just how much farmers are struggling. USDA information shows the U.S. agriculture industry is more than $426 billion in debt. The average farm was $1.3 million in debt in 2017 according to Nebraska Farm Business. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue says net farm income has also dropped by nearly half since its peak six…

New Affordable Housing Facility in West Fargo Opens Its Doors

The facility has 30 fully–furnished units

WEST FARGO, N.D. — After two years of planning and building, a new affordable housing facility opens its doors across from Menards and Marshalls in West Fargo. But this apartment building is more than just a place to live. “As soon as you walk through Grace Garden, you feel the love, you feel the care. The intentionality of not making…

Katina Tropical Food Brings African-European Cuisine to Fargo

Katina Tropical Food has been open for about two months

FARGO, N.D. — A recently opened restaurant is bringing African–European cuisine to Fargo. Neli Oma, owner of Katina Tropical Food, says he grew up in the kitchen. His mother was a chef in Equatorial Guinea, the only Spanish–speaking African country. He says his unique cultural background is what inspired him to bring a different flavor to the area. The entrees…

Sen. Tina Smith Creates Rural Economic Working Group

the goal of the group is to take innovative ideas from small communities and incorporate them to ones who need more help throughout the U.S.

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — Taking innovative ideas from rural communities in Minnesota and incorporating them at the federal level. Senator Tina Smith says that’s what can really help some change places across the country need. She announced she is starting a bipartisan Senate “Rural Economic Working Group.” And she’s doing it alongside Republican South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds. “Our…

Prairie Roots Co-Op Starts Member-Owner Loan Campaign to Raise $250,000

They're hoping to raise $250,000 by September 1

FARGO, N.D. — Prairie Roots Co–Op is asking its members to pitch in because the grocery store has been struggling financially. An email went out to members last night reading in part,”the financial and operational needs of the co–op are pressing.” They’re trying to raise $250,000 by September 1. $60,000 has already been raised, and the co–op is asking for…

HUD Secretary Ben Carson Tours Housing Facility in Grand Forks

He says local, state and federal officials must work together to implement more "housing-first" projects

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Sometimes, life throws you one curve ball after another.  “I worked at Canad Inns for eight and a half years, then my wife passed away and I kind of lost it. Ended up at the Northlands Rescue Mission. I lost my job at Canad Inns. Just couldn’t handle my wife passing away,” said LaGrave on First…

Sen. Hoeven Hosts Roundtable Discussion Around Market Facilitation Program Payments

The USDA is Providing Assistance to Eligible Farmers Impacted by Tariffs

FARGO, N.D. — With tariffs, trade negotiations and low commodity prices, farmers are still struggling. The USDA is providing eligible farmers nationwide with $14.5 billion in Market Facilitation Program payments. But North Dakota producers have a unique set of challenges. “Certainly some crop diversity that we don’t see everywhere across the country. Weather challenges, obviously, too that compound the situation that…

Fargo Driver’s License Office is Undergoing Renovation

All Written Knowledge Tests Will be Conducted at Temporary Site

FARGO, N.D. — If you have to take a written driver’s license test, it won’t be at the Fargo Driver’s License Office. They’re temporarily moving all knowledge driver’s license testing to the North Dakota State College of Science building. That’s because the main office is being renovated for the first time in nearly 10 years. The department is adding about…

Blue Laws in North Dakota Are History

Multiple stores in Fargo opened before noon after the new law took effect on Thursday

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota’s law banning Sunday shopping from midnight to noon is now history. Whatever it is you’re in the market for, you can now shop for it on Sunday mornings in North Dakota. That’s because the state’s Blue Laws have been lifted. “Well you’ve never been able to come until after lunch, which kind of gets in…

ND Businesses Excited To Open Early on Sunday

Buisnesses will no longer be required to wait till noon to open

FARGO N.D – Some retailers are going to be opening up earlier starting on Sunday. It’s because the state’s Blue Law not allowing businesses to be open from midnight to noon has been repealed. The goal is to allow businesses the opportunity to decide for themselves when they want to open. The law had been in place since the early…