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Analysis To Be Done Before Vote on Replacing North Broadway Bridge in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR/KFGO) – – Fargo City Commission wants more information before it decides whether to support a replacement for the North Broadway bridge connecting Fargo with Clay County. The bridge was closed almost two years ago after it was determined to be unsafe. The options to replace the bridge cost between $10.5 million and $21 million. A cost-benefit analysis…

Worker Shortage Has North Dakota Ending Some Unemployment Assistance

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota is ending its participation in the federal government’s pandemic unemployment assistance programs. It is effective June 19. Gov. Doug Burgum says it is to help address the ongoing workforce shortage across the state. North Dakota has the highest number of online job openings since July 2015 at more than 16,000. More than 8,300 individuals are…

Feds want deal with North Dakota over pipeline protest costs

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers is recommending that the federal government negotiate a settlement with North Dakota for more than $38 million that the state spent policing protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The request comes following a federal judge’s decision last month to deny the federal government’s motion to dismiss North Dakota’s lawsuit seeking…

Northern AG Expo Hosts Its Annual Event For Farmers

 The North Dakota State Department of Commerce is trying to reach a population that may not participate in the census.

FARGO, N.D. — In April, the U.S. will conduct its constitutionally mandated 10 year census to determine the country’s population. “The census only happens every 10 years and we wanted to raise awareness and raise the knowledge of the importance of completing the census and the impact, the positive impact it has on North Dakota and North Dakota residents and…

Kurdish Americans Protest In Downtown Fargo

"we are a very persistent people we don't give up."

FARGO, N.D. — People armed with signs, flags and their voices,packed the streets in Downtown Fargo. “Were out here protesting the fact that our people are still being slaughtered, our kids are being massacred, and nothing has changed,” Protest organizer Kawar Farok said. Protesters say without U.S. aid and protection from the recent attacks from Turkey, Kurdish fighters who fought…

Whistleblower Accuses Bismarck Clinic of Kickback Schemes

The suit was filed in January 2017 by former Mid Dakota CEO Jeffrey Neuberger and unsealed last month.

FARGO, N.D.–A North Dakota clinic is accused of participating in kickback schemes that have cost the federal government millions of dollars in fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid claims. A whistleblower complaint brought against Bismarck’s Mid Dakota Clinic and its building partnership alleges that doctors referred patients to the clinic’s surgical center, allowing them to increase their pay in the form of…

Minnesota Says It Must Repay Feds $48M for Improper Payments

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ordered the state in May to cease the payments to as many as 100 inpatient providers classified as "institutions for mental diseases.''

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP)–The Minnesota Department of Human Services says it must repay the federal government an estimated $48 million that it paid to ineligible chemical dependency treatment providers. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ordered the state in May to cease the payments to as many as 100 inpatient providers classified as “institutions for mental diseases.” It said…

Calling for Action on Two-Year-Anniversary of Savanna Greywind’s Disappearance, Murder

Savanna's Act was blocked in the House in December

FARGO, N.D. — The memory of 22-year-old Savanna Greywind still lives on, as well as the pain that comes along with her tragic story. “My heart hurts a lot when I think of her and her family and that baby and the longing her spirit probably has for her daughter. And I never want to see that again for any…

Hobby Lobby Fined $3 Million for Illegal Smuggling

They say a supplier shipped "falsely labeled" items to Hobby Lobby's stores and corporate offices

  NATIONAL — Arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby has settled a civil action lawsuit and is being fined $3 million dollars by the federal government for smuggling ancient Iraqi artifacts. The Justice Department accused the company of smuggling cuneiform tablets and clay artifacts from modern-day Iraq into the U.S. They say a supplier shipped falsely labeled items to Hobby…