Politics / Elections

Gov. Burgum’s Veto on Staff Salary Bonuses Headed for Override

The Senate will hold its own override vote this week

  BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Burgum’s first veto is headed for an override in the state legislature. The House voted 84 to 7 to override the governor’s veto of a bill that limits his ability to set salary bonuses for staff. That was well over the 63 votes needed. The Senate will hold its own override vote this week. Burgum…

Iron Eyes Makes Plea on Riot Charges in Morton County

Protesters maintain they were peacefully assembling on land they believe rightfully belongs to American Indians

  MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — An American Indian activist accused of inciting a riot during the Dakota Access protests has pleaded not guilty. Chase Iron Eyes and 73 others were arrested February 1 after setting up teepees on land that authorities say was owned by the pipeline developer. Protesters maintain they were peacefully assembling on land they believe rightfully belongs…

Minnesota Senate Proposing Deep Tax Cuts for Students and Families

The lowest tax bracket would shrink by over a quarter of a percent

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Republicans in the Minnesota state Senate are pursuing deep tax cuts over the next two years for students, families and those on Social Security. The almost $900 million sought in their just released bill directs over half of those breaks to individual taxes. The lowest tax bracket would shrink by over a quarter of a…

Experts Say Permit or No Permit, Learning Firearm Safety is Key

Being properly trained to handle a firearm is critical

FARGO, N.D. — Although the new concealed carry law doesn’t require a permit, many people believe that it is important to know how to properly handle a firearm. Being properly trained to handle a firearm is critical. Safety instructor, Craig Roe, explains the four universal safety rules. The first rule is treat every firearm like it’s loaded. “Whether you just…

ND Lawmakers Debating on Reduced Funding for Homeless Shelters

The state Legislature has given $2 million and $1.5 million the past two years in one-time funding for the North Dakota Homeless Grant

  BISMARCK, N.D. — Lawmakers are considering reducing funding for homeless shelters around North Dakota. The state Legislature has given $2 million and $1.5 million the past two years in one-time funding for the North Dakota Homeless Grant. This year, the grant will probably not exceed $300,000. April Fairfield of the North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People says the cuts…

Governor Dayton Proposes More Funding for State’s Schools

It's part of the governor's Opportunity Agenda for a Better Minnesota plan

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Governor Dayton is proposing that the state spend $175 million across 260 school districts in Minnesota. The money would go to offer pre-K opportunities to over 17,000 of the state’s four-year-olds and their families. It’s part of the governor’s Opportunity Agenda for a Better Minnesota plan. The funding would go to every district that has applied…

Minnesota Wineries Suing Over State Grape Restrictions

The operators say the state Farm Wineries Act unconstitutionally hampers their ability to source grapes and juice from elsewhere

  MINNESOTA — Two Minnesota wineries are suing the state to try to overturn a law that requires them to make their products with a majority of grapes grown in Minnesota. The operators say the state Farm Wineries Act unconstitutionally hampers their ability to source grapes and juice from elsewhere. Nan Bailly, owner of Alexis Bailly Vineyards, of Hastings, says…

Law Enforcement Concerns Over ND’s New Conceal and Carry Law

Fargo Police Department Shares Their Concerns About the New Conceal Carry Law

FARGO, N.D. — Officials with the Fargo Police Department are having some concerns about the new conceal carry law. It was signed by the governor last week. It lets anyone with a Class 2 firearm license and a valid North Dakota ID for at least a year the right to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. Police say their…

Gov. Burgum Vetoes Measure Limiting Governor Employee Bonuses

It was Burgum's first veto of a bill since the Republican won the governorship in November

  BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Burgum has vetoed a measure that would limit employee bonuses from the governor. Burgum said the bill “places unprecedented and intentional restrictions” on a governor’s ability to recruit and retain key employees. It was Burgum’s first veto of a bill since the Republican won the governorship in November. The measure was spurred after then-Gov. Dalrymple…

Minnesota Congressman Announces Run for Governor

Walz is the top Democrat on the Veterans Affairs Committee

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — A five-term congressman from Minnesota is running for governor. Rep. Tim Walz, a Democrat, is seeking to replace Gov. Mark Dayton, who is not running for another term. Walz is the top Democrat on the Veterans Affairs Committee. He first won election to his rural district along Minnesota’s southern border in 2006. He has survived…