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Lawmakers Seek to Lighten Marijuana Penalties in North Dakota

Marijuana is lawmaker's minds during the legislative session in North Dakota

A bill to decriminalize marijuana is under discussion in the North Dakota legislature. Republican State Representative Rick Becker of Bismarck introduced the bill to help cut state spending. Bill 1340 is not set up to fully legalize marijuana. Instead, this would make penalties for possessing and selling the drug less harsh. Using or selling marijuana would get you a $1,000 with no…

Health Officials Urge Women to Get Screened for Cervical Cancer

A local nurse practitioner recommends women start getting pap smears at 21 years old

January is Cervical Cancer awareness month. Cass County health officials say getting screened and vaccinated are the best ways to prevent cervical cancer. Fargo Cass Public Health says each year, 12,000 women in the U.S. get cervical cancer, and 4,000 of them die. They say 93% of those cases were preventable by screenings and HPV vaccinations. Audrey Eckes, a nurse…

North Dakota Hospitals Take Action on High Number of Flu Cases

North Dakota hospitals are restricting visitors due to high numbers of influenza

With more than 450 cases of influenza statewide, some North Dakota hospitals are restricting visitors. Nearly 18 percent of the flu cases are in the Bismarck-Mandan area. Due to the high volume of flu cases Sanford Medical Center and CHI St. Alexius in Bismarck began restricting its visitors on Tuesday. You are being urged to disinfect surfaces you frequently touch…

Health Officials Weigh in on Governor Dayton’s Collapse at State of the State

Gov. Dayton is scheduled to meet with Mayo Clinic doctors to discuss treatment options for his prostate cancer

The Mayo Clinic says Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s fall during his State of the State address was not related to his prostate cancer diagnosis. In a statement, a Mayo Clinic spokesman says doctors believe Dayton’s fainting spell “was situational and related to standing for a long time while giving his speech and possible dehydration.” The 69-year-old Democrat was encouraged to…

Jane Fonda Gathers Protesters of DAPL at Trump International Hotel

Fonda says President Trump has signed the executive orders illegally when it comes to the construction of controversial pipelines

  North Dakota Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer has asked President Trump to pay for law enforcement costs at the pipeline protest site near Cannon Ball and provide federal police to protect construction workers as protests intensify. Actress Jane Fonda joined protesters in New York last night to denounce President Trump’s executive order clearing the path for the controversial Dakota…

Former Sawyer Superintendent Guilty of Sex Crimes Wants Electronics Returned

Soper says since the trial is over, the state should return a computer, iPad and a cellphone to his family members

A former school superintendent in Sawyer who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing three teenage boys wants his electronics returned. Charles Soper argued in court Tuesday that the state should return a computer, an iPad and a cellphone to his family so they can sell or use the devices. A Ward County deputy state’s attorney argued the computer and iPad both…

Minnesota Based Arctic Cat Sold to Rhode Island Company

The Twin Cities-based snowmobile and ATV manufacturer has been sold to Rhode Island-based Textron for $247-million

  Snowmobile and ATV manufacturer Arctic Cat has been sold. The Twin Cities-based company has been sold to Rhode Island-based Textron for $247 million. Arctic Cat employs 1,600 people and has its manufacturing plant in Thief River Falls. The company also has an engine plant in St. Cloud. Textron builds golf carts and other utility-type vehicles. Its aviation brands include Bell…

Mary Tyler Moore Dies at Age of 80

Moore earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her role in "Ordinary People"

  A spokesperson for Mary Tyler Moore says the iconic actress has passed away. Moore is well-known for many projects including “The Dick Van Dyke Show”, “Ordinary People” (which earned her a Best Actress Academy Award nomination) and her beloved “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” that lasted seven seasons and ended in 1977. She was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at…

Officers Around the Country Pay Respects to Fallen Rolette County Deputy

After giving the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty last Thurday, officers from around the country are paying their respects

Funeral services were held for the Rolette County Sheriff’s Deputy who was shot and killed in the line of duty last Thursday. The service for Colt Allery was held at Turtle Mountain Community College in Belcourt. “Colt was a son, grandson, fiancé, and a parent,” said Rolette County Sheriff, Gerald Medrud. “If you ever knew him, he had the natural…

Local Officers Lend Support for Fallen Rolette County Deputy

Officers from multiple local agencies went to Rolette County to fill in for officers who attended the funeral for Deputy Allery

Law Enforcement officers from multiple agencies from around the area are lending their support at Deputy Allery’s funeral in Belcourt. Officers from Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo and the Cass County Sheriff’s Office attended the funeral. They are also assisting the Rolette County Sheriff’s Office in this time of need. “We’re a family and so we feel that it’s very important…