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Proposed Ban on Cell Phone Use Behind the Wheel in Minnesota

Minnesota lawmakers are introducing a bi-partisan bill to ban call phone use while driving

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Using a cell phone while driving may become illegal in Minnesota, unless it’s for “hands free” use. Several state lawmakers are proposing a bill which would ban the use of cell phones behind the wheel with the exception of hands free devices. The bi-partisan house bill is aimed at saving lives. Lawmakers say more and more…

Senator Heitkamp Meets with President’s Nominee for Ag Secretary

Senator Heitkamp will vote yes on Perdue, but will not vote in support of Betsy DeVos, the pick for Education Secretary

WASHINGTON D.C. — Senator Heidi Heitkamp says she will support President Trump’s Ag Secretary nominee. Heitkamp met with former Gov. Sonny Perdue of Georgia to talk about her agriculture priorities. She also reintroduced a bipartisan bill to lift restrictions on U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba. Heitkamp and Perdue also talked about the need for a strong Farm Bill in 2018….

Adults Wearing Masks May Soon Be Against the Law in North Dakota

The House endorses a bill and three other measures due to the protests in North Dakota

  BISMARCK, N.D. — It could soon be a crime for adults to wear masks in most cases in North Dakota. The House has endorsed that bill and three other measures spurred by the bitter dispute between Dakota Access protesters and law enforcement. The House also approved bills that increase penalties for rioting, trespassing, and causing damage to personal property….

Hundreds Rally Against Potential Refugee Restrictions

The Fargo Civic Center was packed people opposed to a house bill

Hundreds spent the afternoon rallying in protest of a proposed house bill which has the potential to ban refugees in North Dakota communities. Lawmakers say the bill is not set up to be against refugees, but rather to let communities decide how many they are capable of hosting. They’re calling it Operation Wake-Up Call. After two days of planning, hundreds…

Former Refugee Speaks Out on Potential North Dakota, National Ban

Kuwar Farok came to Fargo as a refugee more than 20 years ago

North Dakota lawmakers are getting ready to vote on a bill which could potentially close the state’s doors to incoming refugees. In response, hundreds have signed up on a Facebook page to rally at the Civic Center in downtown Fargo on Thursday afternoon. We¬†sat down with a man who came to Fargo as a refugee more than 20 years ago….

Sexual Orientation Discrimination Bill Proposed in North Dakota

Lawmakers Are hoping to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in North Dakota

Lawmakers are once again proposing a bill to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in North Dakota. This is the fourth time this bill has been introduced. The bipartisan bill was first introduced by openly gay Democratic State Representative Josh Boschee. State law in North Dakota currently prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, disability and other…

How Would Repealing the Blue Law Affect Fargo Businesses?

The answer is less obvious than you may think and opinons are all accross the board on this one

How would you like to shop in North Dakota before noon on a Sunday? A state lawmaker is trying to make that happen. Because of the blue law in North Dakota, some Fargo retailers said they could be missing out on extra sales. “The more hours you’re open, you make more sales,” said Chris Heaton, Senior Vice President of Property…

Council Member Hopeful for Railroad Underpass

The underpass would be on the south side of Moorhead High School

A $42 million railroad underpass project south of Moorhead High School is included in Governor Dayton’s bonding bill. A city council member says this project is crucial to maintaining public safety. A big concern is that emergency crews come from Fargo and get delayed when a train is rolling through town. This project would separate the traffic between trains and…

Grand Forks Lawmaker Proposes 80mph Speed Limit on ND Interstates

Laffen says "everybody drives that speed anyway"

A Grand Forks lawmaker is sponsoring a bill to raise the speed limit on North Dakota’s interstates. Republican Senator Lonnie Laffen says by raising the speed limit from 75 to 80 miles per hour will help businesses get their work done faster and more efficiently. Sen. Laffen says people drive 80 miles per hour regardless of the posted speed limit….