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North Dakota Senators Upset About President Trump’s Cuts to Crop Insurance Programs

The budget battle begins but North Dakota's senators are not happy with the president's decision on crop insurance

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Trump’s first budget is out and the battle begins on both sides of the aisle. But North Dakota’s two U.S. Senators are in agreement about one section of the budget: crop insurance. Republican Senator John Hoeven and Democrat Heidi Heitkamp both say cuts to the crop insurance program are unacceptable. Heitkamp says the president’s budget leaves…

Fargo South Seniors Skip Out of Classes to PRANK Elementary Students

This was the sixth year for the South High tradition

FARGO, ND — Fargo South seniors continued a tradition by pulling “PRANKS” on local elementary schools. The seniors’ pranks were actually acts of community service. After their good deeds, the senior class celebrated with a cook out and a team-building exercise. School officials say they are proud of the senior class for turning a skip day into a day full…

Minnesota Lawmakers Struggling to Salvage Budget Deal

It remains unclear how long it will take the Legislature to finish

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota’s legislative leaders are searching for how to salvage a special session to finish a two-year, $46 billion budget. They worked around the clock Tuesday and it took a toll on some lawmakers as you can see when you watch the video. The Legislature missed another deadline this morning as they blew through a self-imposed goal…

Details Released in Death of 12-Year-Old Alexandria Girl

Jalysa got into the water on her own and was swept away by the current before she went under water

GoFundMeALEXANDRIA, Minn. — It has been determined that a 12-year-old girl died of freshwater drowning last month near Alexandria. The body of JaLysa Cook was pulled out of the channel between Lake Cowdry and Lake Darling on April 28th around 6 p.m. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office found that JaLysa got into the water on her own and was swept…

Grand Forks Holding Call to Action Meeting at Alerus Center

Four action committees will be set up to begin developing strategies and recommendations for a Community Plan to chart a course forward

GRAND FORKS, ND — People in Grand Forks will gather Thursday night to talk about combating substance abuse. The Call to Action will be held at 7 p.m. at the Alerus Center. Mayor Michael Brown, city council members and community leaders will talk about how addiction and substance abuse impacts the community. They’ll also talk about what to do to…

North Dakota Making the Switch from Visa to Mastercard

It'll replace the ReliaCard

  NORTH DAKOTA — North Dakota is making the switch from Visa to Mastercard. Human Services will begin using the new Way2Go Card on June 1. It’ll replace the ReliaCard. The cards are issued to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families clients, Child Care Assistance Program providers, and parents who choose not to receive electronic child support payments through direct deposit….

Minnesota Lawmaker Working to Make it Harder for Parents to Opt Out of Vaccinations

DFL Rep. Mike Freiberg of Golden Valley hopes the ongoing measles outbreak will convince lawmakers to make changes

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — There are almost 70 confirmed cases of measles in Minnesota so far this year. Now, a state lawmaker is hoping to make it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children. Nearly 2,000 kindergartners weren’t immunized against measles this year because their parents presented a notarized statement to avoid vaccination. DFL Rep. Mike…

Jurors Hear Opening Statements in Ashley Hunter Double Murder Trial

The defense said the state's timeline won't add up

FARGO, ND– A Fargo double–murder trial has begun with opening statements. Ashley Hunter’s attorney said there are missing pieces to the puzzle. The state took the jury through the events that lead to Ashley Hunter being charged with two counts of murder and one count of arson. The defense said that the timeline is incomplete and police stopped looking for…

Homeward Animal Shelter Helping Pets Find Their Way Home

Homeward Animal Shelter set up a microchip clinic for cats and dogs

FARGO, ND — Pups and kittens flooded in and out of Homeward Animal Shelter in order to get their identification. A Microchip clinic was set up at the shelter for any cat or dog over the age of eight weeks. The microchip was implanted by a licensed veterinarian by implanting a syringe under the skin between the shoulder blades. Shelter…

What to Tell Your Children When Tragedy Strikes

Child Behavioral Specialist explains how to bring light to a devastating situation

FARGO, ND — With this latest terror attack targeting a pop concert, it raises concerns of how parents can talk with their children about tragedies like this. In the days following a tragedy, kids may have a question or two whether something like this could happen to them. There are a few ways you can talk to your children in…