Politics / Elections

Gov. Walz Signs Bill Providing More Protections for Senior Citizens

Protections include licensure for assisted living facilities and the option of putting cameras in residents' rooms

DILWORTH, Minn. — Gov. Tim Walz signed a bill into law that gives more protections to senior citizens. That means assisted living facilities will have to make changes, too. Minnesota is the only state that doesn’t have a standardized licensure system for them. That, along with several other provisions, will be added when the law goes in effect in 2021. “Although…

USDA Plan Pays Farmers $16 Billion Amid China Trade War

WASHINGTON – The Department of Agriculture announces a plan to provide $16 billion to help farmers impacted by the trade war with China. It gives $14.5 billion in direct payments to producers covering commodities like soybeans, wheat, corn and canola. Nearly $1.5 billion will go toward buying surplus goods like beef, pork and poultry. The plan also gives $100 million toward…

Sen. Smith Introduces Bills Aimed to Lower Drug Prices

The bills have bipartisan support

WASHINGTON – With the cost of medicine rapidly rising, Democratic Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith introduces two bills to help lower the cost of drugs. One is called the Ensuring Innovation Act, which would stop companies from extending their patents by making insignificant changes to drugs by adding ingredients. The other is called the FAIR Drug Pricing Act, which would require…

Rep. Peterson’s GOP Challenger Dave Hughes Calls Him Out On Abortion Stances

FARGO, N.D. – A Republican Candidate for Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District calls out Congressman Collin Peterson for “not championing life” at Fargo’s Stop The Bans rally. Dave Hughes ran against the Democrat losing by 5.1% in 2016 and 4.2% in 2018. Peterson has voted for banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. He has also voted in favor of banning partial-birth…

Judge orders Trump accounting firm to hand over records to Congress

Washington (CNN) A federal district judge has told the accounting firm Mazars it will need to turn over Donald Trump’s accounting records from before he was President to the Democratic-controlled House Oversight Committee. In a 41-page opinion, Judge Amit Mehta of the DC District Court rejected Trump’s attempt to block the committee’s subpoena, asserting that Congress is well within its authority to investigate the President….

Sen. Smith Introduces Mental Health Bill After Sharing Her Experience With Depression

The bill would help provide mental health resources to schools

FARGO, N.D. — May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and experts say one in five Americans suffer from a mental health issue. Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) is introducing a bill to address it. She recently revealed she struggled with depression in her teens and late 30’s. “I’m really blessed that I was able to get the help I needed to…

Fargo Antique, Gift Shop Stops Buying From China Because of Tariffs

President Trump raised tariffs from 10 to 25 percent on Friday

FARGO, N.D. — Donald Trump raised tariffs on Chinese exports from 10 to 25 percent. Now Beijing is retaliating by doing the same to American goods. It’s causing a Fargo woman to change her business plan for the first time in 20 years. “I didn’t ever plan on any of this but it started with a trip to China,” said…

Rep. Collin Peterson says USMCA would fail in House

At a Glyndon farm Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence urged Congressman Collin Peterson to get House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to bring up the USMCA for a vote. The Democrat says he’s happy to make the request. The House Agriculture Committee Chairman says Pence, quote, “knows full well” the Trump Administration still needs to submit the USMCA to the house to…

Disabled Veteran Says Medical Marijuana Prices Are Too High, State & Company Leaders Respond

The Botanist In Fargo is operated by Acreage Holdings based out of New York

FARGO, ND — It took years for North Dakota to establish its medical marijuana program which was approved by voters in 2016. Now that it’s up and running, with one dispensary open in Fargo, some people are saying the cost is just too high for those who really need the drug. Tom Schmidtgal is on a mission he says to educate…

VP Mike Pence Pressures Democrats to Pass USMCA at Glyndon Farm

GLYNDON, Minn. — Vice President Mike Pence spoke with dozens of farmers at R & J Johnson Farms in rural Glyndon to hear their concerns. Those farmers have been entrenched in a trade war for months. “Rural America is bleeding right now as far as agriculture, we need some good news, we need something to stop that,” Shayne Isane with…