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North Dakota Senators Speak Out on New GOP Health Care Bill

The reworked bill pushed by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seeks conservative support

  NATIONAL — Republican Sen. John Hoeven says he needs more time to evaluate a revamped GOP health care bill. The reworked bill pushed by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seeks conservative support by letting insurers sell low-premium policies with skimpy coverage. Hoeven says he wants to see the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s evaluation of the bill before he decides. Democratic…

Senator Hoeven Says GOP Health Care Bill Needs Improvement

He is just the latest member of his party to criticize their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare

  GRAND FORKS, ND — Sen. John Hoeven says he “doesn’t support” the current GOP health care bill. The Republican made the comment during a discussion Wednesday at UND. He is just the latest member of his party to criticize their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Hoeven said he’s hopeful that the legislation can be improved to lower premium…

Senator Franken Says GOP Health Care Bill is a Really a Tax Cut

It comes after delaying a vote on the initial draft

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican senators are taking time to draft a new version of its health care bill that all members of their party can agree on. It comes after delaying a vote on the initial draft. Senate Democrats, including Minnesota Senator Franken, want the bill’s negotiations to be done in open committees. Franken sees the bill as something more…

One Semi Split in Half After Crash on I-94 Near Veterans Boulevard

There were no injuries reported, but one of the semi drivers was a little shaken up

FARGO, ND — Two semis collided on I-94 near Veteran’s Boulevard around 9 a.m., backing up traffic for hours. North Dakota Highway Patrol says a semi hauling steel beams tipped over, hitting another semi traveling in the same direction. The semi was pushed into the median, striking the Veterans Boulevard overhead support column. That caused the truck to split in…

Bound By Blue: Local Police Departments Honor Officer Moszer

Officers from multiple area law enforcement agencies are traveling to Washington, D.C. to honor Officer Moszer

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Fargo Police Officer Jason Moszer will be remembered this weekend at the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial in Washington D.C. When Officer Moszer died in the line of duty last February, his loss was felt across the entire Fargo Moorhead community. “We have seen tremendous support shared with all law enforcement throughout the metro area and beyond,”…

Community Struggles with Answers After Fatal West Fargo Fentanyl Spill

Health officials say they are desperately seeking a solution but need the entire community needs to understand how dire the situation is

WEST FARGO, ND — West Fargo police are in the process of investigating after a fentanyl exposure kills one man and puts another in the hospital. West Fargo officers arrived at 612 6th Street East in West Fargo just before 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Alexander Hirn, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene and another man was taken to the hospital….

Fargo Public Schools Names 2017 Support Staff Member of the Year

Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Schatz made the surprise announcement and award presentation during a District Office staff meeting

FARGO, ND — And the award goes to….Idette Graham. Teaching and Learning Secretary Idette Graham has been named the Fargo Public School District 2017 Support Staff of the Year. Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Schatz made the surprise announcement and award presentation during a District Office staff meeting. Graham’s selection was based on her work ethic, “can do” attitude, leadership skills and…

Pine Ridge Reservation Declares State of Emergency Over Lack of Law Enforcement

The reservation is dealing with a wave of drug-related crime

  SOUTH DAKOTA — A major shakeup in law enforcement on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council declared a state of emergency and withdrew support this week for Police Chief Harry Martinez, who has since resigned. The reservation is dealing with a wave of drug-related crime. Eight police chiefs have come and gone since 2008. Not…

Ronald McDonald House Charities Family Room Coming to Essentia

Essentia Health and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley are creating a space for support

FARGO, N.D. — When a loved one is in the hospital, it can be just as hard on the family. Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley is teaming up with Essentia Health to create a family room program at the hospital. The current NICU will be moved to the fourth floor of the hospital that will be…

GiGi’s Playhouse Celebrates World Down Syndrome Day

The goal of World Down Syndrome Day is to spread acceptance, kindness and generosity for those with the disorder throughout the community

FARGO, N.D. — It’s World Down Syndrome Day and parents, families and others are celebrating. GiGi’s Playhouse in Fargo held its 2nd Annual Balloon Release to celebrate that extra 21st chromosome in those with Down syndrome. Following the balloon release, there were refreshments and playhouse tours. The goal of World Down Syndrome Day is to spread acceptance, kindness and generosity…