Politics / Elections

Pipeline Protest Deadline Brings Fires, Explosions, Injuries and Arrests

Dakota Access Oil Pipeline in Morton County, North Dakota

MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — A dramatic chain of events unfolded in Morton County at the site of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. There were ceremonial fires, explosions, injuries and arrests. All as the 2 p.m. Wednesday deadline for protesters to clear out of the main camp came and went. Protesters begin ceremonial burning of some of their living structures ahead…

MSUM’s President Tackles Budget Issues

MSUM officials put in their budget request to state lawmakers

ST. PAUL, Minn. — MSUM’s president was at the capitol building in St. Paul to present a budget request to state lawmakers. For the 2018-2019 fiscal year, university officials requested $178 million from the state. Their goals for the fiscal year are to protect their programs, faculty, and staff. They also aim to reduce economic and racial disparities. President Anne…

President Trump to Revoke Transgender Bathroom Guidelines Set Up by Obama Administration

The order must come from the education and justice departments and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told President Trump she was uncomfortable with the reversal

  WASHINGTON D.C. — President Trump said he plans to revoke federal guidelines put in place by the Obama Administration on allowing Transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice in public schools. But not all people in the Trump Administration seem completely¬†on board. The order must come from the education and justice departments and according to a CNN…

Minnesota One Step Closer to Legalizing Liquor Sales on Sundays

The Senate Commerce Committee approved the bill on a 7-4 vote

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota Senate committee has moved the state one step closer to legalizing Sunday liquor sales. The Senate Commerce Committee approved the bill on a 7-4 vote. The House overwhelmingly passed it earlier this week. It’s an historic turn in the long struggle by many to repeal the decades-old law. The bill still must pass…

State Ordered Budget Cuts Cause More Changes at NDSU

Fifty buyouts have already been completed and another 70 positions haven't been filled

  FARGO, N.D. — NDSU has announced more changes as a result of state-ordered budget cuts. President Dean Bresciani says the university is eliminating student affairs administrators and will continue to offer buyouts. Fifty buyouts have already been completed and another 70 positions haven’t been filled. Incentives include allowing some employees to work part-time as they near retirement. Administrative budgets…

DAPL Protest Response Cost for ND National Guard Almost $9 Million

The guard had spent more than 35,000 man hours at the protest from North Dakota and nine other states

  MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — North Dakota National Guard has racked up an impressive tally of man hours and money spent at the protest. The cost of the protest response for the guard is near $9 million. As of last week, the guard had spent more than 35,000 man hours at the protest. More than 1,200 Army and nearly 150…

Moorhead Liquor Businesses Weigh in on Potential Sunday Sales

One Moorhead Liquor Stores Thinks Sales Could Boost Business

MOORHEAD, Minn. — For the first time in the Minnesota history, a bill that would reverse the ban on selling liquor on Sundays has passed the house. A senate committee will take up the bill Wednesday. One business says it’s happy that its customers would be able to shop more conveniently. Minnesota is one of 12 states that currently bans…

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Casino Falls Nearly $6 Million Short

Tribal leaders blame the closure of the casino's main access road during the DAPL protests

prairieknights.com  MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s casino near the protest site has taken a major hit. The tribe blames declining revenue at Prairie Knights Casino for its nearly $6 million budget shortfall. Tribal leaders say the closure of the casino’s main access road due to the oil pipeline protest impacted the facility’s bottom line. They are…

ND House Passes Constitutional Carry Bill

The bills now go to the Senate floor for consideration

  BISMARCK, N.D. — The House has passed a package of gun-rights measures. One is the so-called “constitutional carry” bill that would allow most people 21 and older to carry concealed firearms without a permit. They also approved a measure that allows carrying a gun in church if the church allows it. Another measure approved would allow firearms in schools…

Minot Air Force Base’s 5th Bomb Wing Honored

This is the second time the 5th Bomb Wing has been awarded the Omaha Trophy

  MINOT, N.D. — Minot Air Force Base’s 5th Bomb Wing has been honored by U.S. Strategic Command with an Omaha Trophy for the best strategic bomber wing. Every year, five outstanding wings are recognized for their work. This is the second time in three years that the 5th Bomb Wing has been awarded the Omaha Trophy. Senator Heidi Heitkamp…