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Gov. Dayton Under Pressure Over Choice to Fill Al Franken’s Vacant Senate Seat

Schumer says the party wants more than a placeholder in the seat

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — With the resignation of Al Franken, Democratic leaders may be putting some pressure on Gov. Dayton for his pick for a replacement. Governor Dayton initially planned to name Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to Franken’s seat, but Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer may be asking Dayton to pick someone who will run in the 2018 special…

Governor Dayton Declared Cancer Free

Dayton said a screening last December saved his life

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Governor Mark Dayton says he is cancer free and he has proclaimed this as “Cancer Screen Week” in Minnesota. He encourages all Minnesotans to talk to their health care providers about cancer risk factors and recommended screening options. Dayton said a screening last December saved his life. The Democrat announced earlier this year that he…

St. Paul Mayor Launches Gubernatorial Campaign in Moorhead

Chris Coleman, mayor of St. Paul for 12 years, kicks off his gubernatorial campaign at the Perkins in Moorhead

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The mayor of St. Paul stopped in Moorhead to launch his campaign for the governor’s seat. Democrat Chris Coleman shared his vision for Minnesota with customers at the Perkins in Moorhead. Chris Coleman has been the mayor of St. Paul since 2006. Coleman has also served as the president of the National League of Cities. He is…

Jesse Ventura Seeking Settlement in “American Sniper” Lawsuit

Ventura won a $1.8 million verdict in 2014, but it was overturned on appeal

  NATIONAL — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura and the estate of “American Sniper” author, Chris Kyle, are apparently working toward a settlement. An upcoming court conference and deadline for written statements have been canceled based on a “pending settlement.” Ventura sued Kyle in 2012 after the retired Navy SEAL alleged he punched Ventura after he made derogatory remarks about…

ND Tax Commissioner to Plead Guilty in Drunk Driving Case

He publicly revealed his battle with alcoholism soon after and has sought treatment in the past

  BISMARCK, ND — North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger is pleading guilty to a charge of drunk driving. Rauschenberger was arrested during a traffic stop on September 30. He reports he had a BAC of .20 which is twice the legal limit. The 34-year-old Republican was appointed to his post in 2014 by then Governor Dalrymple. He publicly revealed…

Minnesota Governor Campaign Puts White Earth Band of Ojibwe Front and Center

Flanagan is one of two Native Americans serving in the Minnesota House

MOORHEAD, Minn. — A member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe has been named as a running mate in the Minnesota governor’s race. State Rep. Peggy Flanagan of St. Louis Park has been picked by Congressman Tim Walz. They made a stop in Moorhead to talk with the community. Flanagan is one of two Native Americans serving in the…

Dakota Access Pipeline Makes $15 Million Donation to Help with Protest Costs

The state has approved $43 million in loans to cover the costs of the pipeline protests

  BISMARCK, ND — Governor Burgum has announced a major donation by Dakota Access Pipeline to help with costs incurred during the protests. The governor said the pipeline company wired $15 million to the state-owned Bank of North Dakota this afternoon to help pay down loans taken out by the Department of Emergency Services. The state has approved $43 million…

Discussion Request Rejected Over ND Board of Higher Education Chancellor Mark Hagerott

Hagerott's request came on the heels of his decision to fire vice chancellor Lisa Feldner

BISMARCK, ND — The state Board of Higher Education has rejected a request for a special meeting to discuss the contract of Chancellor Mark Hagerott. Board member Mike Ness said that he wanted to talk about Hagerott and possible legal action that could be related to the events of the last couple of weeks.” Hagerott earlier this week asked for…

North Dakota Legislature Suing Governor Burgum Over Veto Powers

Legislators contend the governor violated his veto powers by deleting words or phrases that would have changed the intent

  BISMARCK, ND — The North Dakota Legislature will challenge Gov. Burgum over his veto powers. The bipartisan Legislative Management Committee has voted to pursue the litigation in the state Supreme Court, after meeting behind closed doors to talk about strategy. The Republican-led Legislature adjourned on April 27, and Burgum used his line-item veto during the following week to change…

Special Investigation Denied for Chancellor of North Dakota’s University System

Mark Hagerott claims people tried to manipulate his office into influencing the 2016 primary election for governor

  BISMARCK, ND — The North Dakota attorney general’s office will not conduct a special investigation for the chancellor of the state’s University System. Mark Hagerott claims people tried to manipulate his office into influencing the 2016 primary election for governor. He says he received multiple phone calls to disavow or fire former Gov. Ed Schafer after Schafer endorsed Doug…