Politics / Elections

MN House Approves Bill Charging Protesters for Law Enforcement Costs

The lawmakers were unable to take up a second measure on the issue due to protesters at the hearing chanting "shame"

  A Minnesota House committee has approved a bill that would charge protesters for law enforcement costs associated with disruptive demonstrations. The House Civil Law Committee passed the bill 6-3, amid outcry from critics who say it could be used to silence dissent. People at the hearing shouted “shame, shame!” after the vote, prompting lawmakers to walk out without taking…

Early Screening for Prostate Cancer Key to Survival

All men are encouraged to begin screening after turning 50

Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer for men and it’s a highly survivable disease if caught early. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 90 percent of those diagnosed with prostate cancer will survive if it’s caught early. Since preventing prostate cancer is not possible, catching the disease early is vital part in survival….

North Dakota Senators Remember Slain Deputy

Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp reach out to Deputy Allery's family, friends and the law enforcement community

  Both U.S. Senators from North Dakota took to the floor of the Senate to pay tribute to Deputy Colt Allery. Senators Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven also commended law enforcement for their work to keep the state’s families safe. “I know this is an incredibly tough time for Rolette County Sheriff Medrud and his deputies right now as well,”…

UPDATED: Governor Dayton Relaxing at Home After Collapsing During State of the State Address

Dayton had been speaking for more than 40 minutes before he collapsed at the podium

UPDATED CONTENT 9:00 PM: Dramatic moments at Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton’s State of the State address in St. Paul. The governor collapsed and hit his head during a joint session of the legislature. Dayton had been speaking for more than 40 minutes when he unexpectedly collapsed. He was reportedly about to make an offer of a new public health care…

Heather Wilson Named President Trump’s Nomination for Secretary of the Air Force

Wilson is currently serving as president of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City

  President Trump is planning to nominate Heather Wilson as secretary of the Air Force. Wilson is president of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. She served in Congress from 1998 to 2009 representing New Mexico. Wilson was a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and served on the House Armed Services Committee. She would…

South Dakota Lawmaker Resigns Over Sex Scandal

Rep. Wollmann admitted to having sexual contact with two interns who were over the age of 21

  A South Dakota lawmaker who acknowledged having sexual contact with two interns has resigned. Rep. Mathew Wollmann, a Republican from Madison, announced his resignation in a letter saying he regrets his actions. The 26-year-old former Marine said last week that both interns were over 21 and that the contact was consensual. But his colleagues had voted to set up…

Pro-Life Office Vandalized After Planned Parenthood Prayer Service

Police say the pro-life office was vandalized with messages against Christians and President Trump

  The St. Paul office of an anti-abortion group has been vandalized with spray painted messages against children, Christians and President Trump. Brian Gibson is executive director of Pro-Life Action Ministries. He says a staff member found the messages containing expletives when she arrived at work this morning. One was against President Trump. Another refers to a child as another…

Minnesota Republicans Want To Crack Down On Protesters

2017 Legislative Session in St. Paul

Minnesota Republicans are ready to crack down on the protests that have shut down highways and commanded police attention. A pair of GOP-backed bills at the Legislature this year would levy harsher penalties on demonstrators who block highway traffic. It could allow police departments to sue some protesters to help cover enforcement costs. It’s a response to the weeks of…

North Dakota Lawmakers To Talk About Marijuana, Guns and Shopping

2017 Legislative Session in Bismarck

North Dakota’s legislative session is entering its fourth week with lawmakers set to consider a host of bills sure to draw citizens to the Capitol. The measures range from medical marijuana and ethics to gun-carrying and Sunday shopping. Another high-profile measure sponsored by Republican House Majority Leader Al Carlson would make it a crime for adults to wear masks in…

Local Reaction to President Trump and the Inauguration

The Valley speaks up about how they feel after President Trump has been inaugurated

It’s Inauguration Day, yet it seems the community is treating this day like any other. We stepped out to see how many people took part in a day expected to go down in history, but many of the TV’s were turned off. However, one classroom at NDSU spent the day watching and discussing the importance of Donald Trump entering office….