Politics / Elections

First Bill of MN Legislative Session Signed into Law

Governor Mark Dayton signed the first bill of the state's legislative session into law.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed the first bill of the 2017 state legislative session into law on Friday. It will provide cuts to 200,000 Minnesotans in an effort to help teachers, college students and homeowners. But Dayton is still debating with legislation about how to offset health insurance premium hikes. Although the state’s Senate passed financial help to these premiums,…

West Fargo Police Chief Placed on Leave

After a closed door meeting between the mayor and commissioners, Reitan was placed on leave

West Fargo Police Chief Mike Reitan has been put on administrative leave. At this time, city officials and Reitan have yet to comment on why he is on leave. Mayor Rich Mattern and city commissioners had a closed-door meeting late this afternoon but did not vote on the matter. Reitan joined the department in 1987. He became police chief in…

Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead & Dilworth Deliver State of the Cities

Mayors of Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead, and Dilworth Come Together to Address the State of the Cities

The four metro area mayors come together at the State of the Cities to talk about the previous year and what they are looking to do in the future. Dilworth Mayor Chad Olson would like to see more recognition for his city. “I’m here…hat in hand…asking humbly to consider the city of Dilworth to be acknowledged in name to the…

Are Police Losing a Tool with Backpage.com?

Police have used the site as a tool to catch traffickers just as traffickers have used to site to do business

The site Backpage.com has removed its adult section after a Senate Homeland Security Investigation found it had knowingly facilitated online sex trafficking. Law Enforcement has used the site to help catch traffickers. “The audacity of a group of American citizens wishing to hide behind the first amendment when they exploit children is beyond me,” said North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp…

How Would Repealing the Blue Law Affect Fargo Businesses?

The answer is less obvious than you may think and opinons are all accross the board on this one

How would you like to shop in North Dakota before noon on a Sunday? A state lawmaker is trying to make that happen. Because of the blue law in North Dakota, some Fargo retailers said they could be missing out on extra sales. “The more hours you’re open, you make more sales,” said Chris Heaton, Senior Vice President of Property…

Broadband Internet Coming to More Rural Minnesota Communities

More than 16,000 households, 2,200 businesses and 71 community organizations will benefit

  Minnesota State Officials announce more grants have been secured to help households and business in the state get broadband internet access. Officials say more than 16,000 households will be given access as well as 2,200 business and more than 70 community organizations. The expansion will also allow 42 projects across the state to be funded and given access. The…

North Dakota Lawmaker Proposes End to Blue Law

A Fargo lawmaker wants to do away with North Dakota’s Blue Law, or Sunday opening law. Democratic Representative Pam Anderson says her bill will remove all state barriers to retail stores opening before noon on Sundays. She says she introduced the bill on behalf of a constituent. “Contacted me and said ‘I’m annoyed I have to drive Sunday morning for…

Fargo Man Charged with Making Death Threats Against Senator Heitkamp

Kevin Olson threated to shoot Heidi Heitkamp in the head and was arrested Tuesday morning

A Fargo man is behind bars and charged with making a death threat against Senator Heidi Heitkamp. The Red River Valley SWAT team worked with U.S. Capitol Police and tracked down 55-year-old Kevin Olson. Olson was arrested at his house on the 1600 block of 51st Street South in Fargo. He’s been charged with mailing threatening communications and is in…

BreatheND Urges Lawmakers to Continue Funding

BreatheND is the center of two bills being proposed this session, one would completely defund the program and the other would keep it alive

BreatheND asked state legislators to think twice before voting on a bill that would defund the program. In a press conference at Sanford Health in downtown Fargo, employees and advocates of the program highlighted the strides in reducing tobacco use made by BreatheND since its creation back in 2008. They said between 2013 and 2015 the program cut high school…

“Your Company Exploits Children”: Senators Heitkamp, Klobuchar Take on Backpage.com

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp have been fighting back against human trafficking

Backpage.com has removed its adult services section. Last October, Backpage.com’s CEO was arrested after federal officials in Texas said that adult and child sex-trafficking victims had been forced into prostitution through escort ads posted on the website. Minnesota Senator Klobuchar has been a national leader in the fight against human trafficking. She said Backpage.com’s announcement that it will be shutting…