politics

DeVos Named Education Secretary, State Senators Speak Out

It is the first time in history the Vice President has had to be the tie-breaker for the Senate when it comes to confirming a Cabinet nominee

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Senate has confirmed school choice activist Betsy DeVos as Education secretary, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie. It is not the first time the Vice President has been called on to break a tie in the Senate, but it is the first time in history the VP has had to do it for…

Mayo Doctors say Governor Dayton’s Cancer is Treatable

The governor announced he had cancer the day after fainting while giving Minnesota's State of the State address

  A Mayo Clinic official says Gov. Dayton’s prostate cancer was caught early and is `treatable and curable’. The governor was at the clinic Tuesday and Wednesday for more tests, which found no signs the cancer has spread, and to develop a plan of attack. The official says Dayton can continue his executive duties. Last week, the governor announced his…

How the Supreme Court Nominee Impacts a Generation

We ask a local political scientist why this important decision can reshape the constitution

  It’s a decision which affects all of us, and could affect us for a whole generation. MSUM political science professor Dr. Barbara Headrick said this is one of the most important positions in Washington D.C. “You only have nine people on the Supreme Court and that is the final arbiter of what does the constitution mean, what do federal…

National Weather Service Says Spring Flooding is Likely in the F-M Area

The National Weather Service is predicting a 50% chance the Red River could hit major flood stage in Fargo-Moorhead

FARGO, N.D. — Spring flooding throughout the Red River Valley is likely this year. The National Weather Service released their first flooding forecast of the year. “It doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be a major flood, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be above 30 feet,” said KVRR Meteorologist, Jason Cerjak. “Basically, it says there’s a 50 percent…

Heather Wilson Named President Trump’s Nomination for Secretary of the Air Force

Wilson is currently serving as president of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City

  President Trump is planning to nominate Heather Wilson as secretary of the Air Force. Wilson is president of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. She served in Congress from 1998 to 2009 representing New Mexico. Wilson was a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and served on the House Armed Services Committee. She would…

Proposed Bill in Minnesota Could Help Farmers’ Property Taxes

In a panel discussion held Friday Minnesota representatives met with local farmers to hear concerns and go over a proposed property tax credit

Minnesota farmers have been dealing with rising property taxes over the past ten years. Now, a proposed bill could help alleviate some of those costs. Property taxes for Minnesota farmers have increased by 114% in the last 10 years. Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith said a combination of rising property values, demand for school improvements and lowered commodity prices have…

Minnesota’s Lieutenant Governor Responds to Inauguration

Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith says she has some concerns coming into the Trump era

We spoke with Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith about what her hopes are with Trump taking office. Lieutenant Governor Smith said regardless of who is being elected, she always appreciates seeing the American Democratic system demonstrate its most prestigious ceremony. She said they have different views on certain subjects including trade and she is concerned about what affect his actions…

Engineers Gather for Three Day Conference on Red River Flooding

Sharing ideas from across even international boarders lessons from communities along the Red River are shared

Engineers working all throughout the Red River Basin are coming together this week in Fargo for the 34th Annual Red River Basin Land and Water International Summit Conference. They’re discussing a wide range of issues regarding the river including the Fargo–Moorhead Diversion project. The conference has a little bit of fun mixed in with all the serious conversation. “I always…

U.S. Senator Heitkamp Speaks Out About Alleged Death Threats

U.S. Senator Heitkamp won't let threats keep her from public appearances

WEST FARGO, N.D. — U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp spoke with KVRR for the first time about the threat against her life which put Kevin Olson in federal custody. Olson is accused of sending emails to Heitkamp in which he threatens to shoot her in the head. Heitkamp said this isn’t the first threat like this she’s received, although most past…

North Dakota Senators Address Veterans’ Issues

Senators Hoeven and Heitkamp visited the West Fargo VFW for their Mid-Winter Conference

WEST FARGO, N.D. — Both North Dakota senators were in West Fargo speaking to veterans at a VFW post for their mid–winter conference. There are multiple issues facing veterans these days including budget cuts, homelessness and unemployment, but Senator John Hoeven said North Dakota has made significant progress with veterans’ access to healthcare. “The VA healthcare system that exists here…