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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…

DOW Closes Above 20,000 Points

After breaking the record high Wednesday morning the DOW Jones remained above the 20,000 mark after closing Wednesday afternoon

It’s a historic day for the stock exchange. The Dow Jones has surpassed the 20,000 mark for the first time. This comes after speculation as to how the markets would be affected by the surprise results of November’s election. Along with the Dow, the NASDAQ and the S & P 500 are also remaining healthy post–election according to financial experts….

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…

Canadian Woman Survives Six Days Without Lungs

Melissa Benoit was born with cystic fibrosis and her lungs became so infected, doctors removed them

  A Canadian woman is walking, talking and full of life after living six days without her lungs. Surgeons removed Melissa Benoit’s lungs after they became infected and it began to spread throughout her body. Benoit was born with cystic fibrosis and her doctors say taking out her lungs and putting her on a breathing machine was the last chance…

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…

Arrest Made in Homicide Investigation of Pregnant Eagan Woman

Police say they could not revive the woman and the unborn child did not survive

Police in a Twin Cities suburb are investigating the death of a pregnant woman. A 23-year-old man has been arrested. Authorities in Eagan say officers were called to a townhome about 3 p.m. Tuesday because the 25-year-old woman was found unresponsive. First responders were unable to revive Senicha Lessman who was 32 weeks pregnant. Police say the unborn child did…

Spirit Lake Man Sentenced for 2016 Murder

Thundershield was convicted of second-degree murder and three assault charges

A man convicted of fatally stabbing another man and injuring his nephew on the Spirit Lake Reservation last spring has been sentenced to life in prison. Dallas Thundershield, 36, was found guilty of killing Richard Demarce Sr. and injuring Elvis Demarce in an April 2016 fight. It began while the three were driving around with Thundershield’s girlfriend. A jury in…

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…