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Sen. Heitkamp Questions Border Protection Officials on “Chronic Issues”

She says recent executive orders have not addressed staffing needs at the nation's ports of entry

WASHINGTON D.C. — The focus turns to the 5,500-mile long northern border in the U.S. Senate. Senator Heidi Heitkamp questioned key border protection officials about what she called “chronic issues” faced at the 120 ports of entry. She says recent executive orders have not addressed staffing needs at the nation’s ports of entry. Heitkamp also shared a story of one…

North Dakota Lawmakers One Step Closer to “No Permit Carry and Conceal” Law

Gov. Burgum hasn't said whether he would support the bill

  BISMARCK, N.D. — Carry and conceal without a permit is closer to becoming law in North Dakota. The Senate has approved the measure by a vote of 34 to 13. The House last month passed the proposal that allows people 18 and older to forgo background checks and classes that are now required. Supporters say the bill promotes constitutional…

Sen. Franken Calling Out Attorney General for “Insulting” Responses on Meetings with Russia

Franken made those comments during the Senate confirmation hearing of U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein for the position of deputy attorney general

  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Minnesota Democratic Senator Al Franken is still not satisfied with the clarification given by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his involvement with Russian government officials. “I think he owes it to this committee to come back and to explain himself,” said Sen. Franken. “He answered a question I didn’t ask. And for him to put this…

Setback for Real ID Law in Minnesota

It's a setback as Minnesota races toward a January 2018 deadline for the new IDs to board domestic flights

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Efforts to upgrade driver’s licenses so they pass muster for domestic flights have hit a snag in Minnesota. The state Senate has defeated a bill to make the state compliant with the federal Real ID law. Democrats concerned about blocking driver’s license access for immigrants living in Minnesota illegally united with several Republicans who call…

MN Sunday Liquor Sales Close to a Done Deal

Dayton, who is currently recovering from surgery for prostate cancer, has three days to either sign it or let it simply become law without his signature

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota lawmakers have officially given their approval for the sale of liquor on Sundays in the state. The House approved the bill 88 to 39 and sent the bill to Governor Dayton, who has said he will sign it. Dayton, who is currently recovering from surgery for prostate cancer, has three days to either sign it…

Rick Perry Confirmed as Energy Secretary

The vote was 62-37

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Senate has confirmed former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to serve as energy secretary. The vote was 62-37. Perry, who once pledged to eliminate the department, has repeatedly promised to be an advocate for the agency and to protect the nation’s nuclear stockpile. He has said he’ll work to develop American energy in all forms which is…

North Dakota Lawmakers’ Reaction to President Trump’s Address to Congress

President Trump wrapped up his first speech in front of a joint session of congress and fellow Republican lawmakers from North Dakota say they are inspired by his speech. Kelly Wang reports from Washington

WASHINGTON D.C. — President Trump wrapped up his first speech in front of a joint session of congress. He outlined his plans on immigration, health care and the budget. Fellow Republican lawmakers from North Dakota say they are inspired by his speech. “It was so great to have a president who didn’t apologize for American exceptionalism,” said Rep. Kevin Cramer….

MN Sunday Liquor Could Mean Business Loss for Fargo Stores

A Fargo liquor store owner says this law would decrease his Sunday sales by about 20%

FARGO, N.D. — Some Fargo liquor store owners say they will take a hit if Minnesota Sunday liquor sales become legal. Joel Wold of Bottle Barn in Fargo says they will likely lose about 20% of their usual Sunday business. He says Sunday is a big day for liquor purchases thanks to things like the Vikings games. Wold thinks stores…

ND Bill Proposal Cracks Down on Assistance Animals in Rental Units

Rep. Kim Koppelmann said he is listening to owners of rental properties who say the system is being abused

  BISMARCK — The North Dakota House has passed a bill that will crack down on people who obtain medical documentation that allows service or assistance animals into rental units that prohibit pets from living there. West Fargo Republican Representative Kim Koppelmann introduced the bill after he said owners of rental properties are concerned people are abusing the system and…

Minnesota Sunday Liquor Sales Hits Slight Snag

The Senate proposes a change to the House's time period that liquor sales can be done

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Prohibition-era ban on Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota will soon be a thing of the past. The Senate has voted 38-28 to repeal the state’s long-standing ban. Governor Dayton has said that he will sign the bill. However, it’s not headed to his desk just yet. The Senate bill restricts Sunday liquor sales to…