Politics / Elections

West Fargo POW/MIA Plaza Officially Opens as the City Says Thank You to Government Leaders

West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern and Commissioners Duane Hanson and Mark Wentz say they are ending their careers with the city on a high note

WEST FARGO, N.D. — The City of West Fargo and the VFW are excited about the opening of the brand new POW/MIA Plaza on Sheyenne Street. They say it has been a dream to open the space and now that vision has become a reality. The city is hoping people in the community use the space for events, take advantage…

Metro Prepares for President Trump’s Arrival

Fargo Police met with the Secret Service this afternoon to discuss security plans for June 27

FARGO, N.D. — Fargo Police met with the Secret Service this afternoon to start making security plans for President Donald Trump’s visit to town next Wednesday. The president held a rally last night in Duluth. His motorcade route from Hector to Scheels Arena in Fargo has not yet been selected, but police will announce it before the event. Chief David Todd…

House Passes Farm Bill, Rep. Peterson Votes No & Rep. Cramer Votes Yes

WASHINGTON (AP/KVRR) – The Republican-led House has narrowly passed a sweeping farm bill that would toughen work requirements for food stamp recipients. The bill passed 213-211. Every Democratic member of Congress from Minnesota, including the Ranking Member on the House Agriculture Committee Rep. Collin Peterson voted no. North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer voted in favor of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of…

Grassroots Organization Looks to Give Voters More Choices on Ballot

"Approve Fargo" is holding a big meeting on June 22 to drum up support for their initiative

FARGO, N.D. — A group in Fargo is trying to raise awareness for a new kind of voting system that will leave voters more of an option on the ballot. Approval voting is when you can vote for as many or as few of candidates as you want as opposed to picking candidates for the sake of just voting for somebody….

MN State Rep. Debra Hilstrom Touts Her Experience in Her AG Campaign

Three Republicans and four other Democrats are also running for the open seat

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.  — After serving in the Minnesota House of Representatives for 18 years, State Rep. Debra Hilstrom says she’s ready for a change. Hilstrom announced her candidacy for Minnesota Attorney General on June 4th after Lori Swanson jumped into the race for governor. Hilstrom was a prosecutor for the Anoka County Attorney’s Office and resigned to start campaigning. Three Republicans…

President Trump Signs Executive Order Stopping His Family Separation Policy

But the president added the ``zero tolerance'' policy will continue.

  WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to keep families together at the southern border, saying at the White House that he doesn’t like the sight of children being separated from their families. He said, “We are keeping families together.” But the president added the “zero tolerance” policy will continue. Vice President Mike Pence added…

State Sen. Mark Johnson & State Rep. Deb Kiel Listen to Concerns at 9 NW MN Town Halls

Many voiced concerns about mental health, childcare facilities and providing more housing

CROOKSTON, Minn. — It’s not uncommon for community members from Northwestern Minnesota to make the drive out to St. Paul just to talk to State Rep. Deb Kiel. “It is really fun to be able to sit down and talk and then get serious about what needs to change and how we can improve life for Northwestern Minnesota. It also…

WF Mayor Mattern Says Goodbye After 20 Years at His Last City Commission Meeting

He says he feels thankful for all of the growth he has been a part over the last two decades

WEST FARGO, N.D. — After 20 years with the city of West Fargo, 16 as mayor, Rich Mattern gets emotional as he says goodbye at his last city commission meeting. “Thru the years I’ve had the honor of working with some great, great staff.  *chokes up* Excuse me.” Mattern lost his re–election bid last week to Bernie Dardis. He says…

Fargo City Commission Approves Drinking at Downtown Events

FARGO, N.D. – City Commissioners approve a new license to allow drinking at public events in Downtown Fargo. The law makes a new liquor license only available to the Downtown Community Partnership for their events. Under the measure, alcohol can only be served in clearly identifiable cups provided by the partnership, people can only have drinks in a clearly marked…