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Maple Valley School District Holds Voter Education Meeting on School Bond Proposal

If the bond passes, Oriska and Buffalo school buildings would be gradually shut down while an expansion is made on Tower City's school

TOWER CITY, N.D. — People living in the Maple Valley School District are learning about an upcoming school bond vote. Previous bonds have been voted down three times, most recently last September. On April 25th, voters will be asked to decide a $14.3 million school bond to shut down two schools and expand the third into a larger K-through-12 facility….

Minnesota House Votes to Keep Increased Protest Penalties in Bill

Lawmakers voted to keep it as part of the public safety finance bill

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota House has shot down an amendment to remove increased penalties for protests that block transportation. Lawmakers voted to keep it as part of the public safety finance bill. They battled over the issue for several hours and testimonies grew heated multiple times. Republicans say the bill is simply a matter of public safety….

Sen. Hoeven Wants Quick Vote on President Trump’s Pick for Ag Secretary

Hoeven is a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Senate Agriculture Committee has approved President Trump’s pick for agriculture secretary. In his confirmation hearing last week, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue stressed that he has worked with Democrats in the past. He sought to reassure farm-state senators in both parties who are fearful about the impact of President Trump’s proposed deep cuts to farm programs….

Sen. Heitkamp to Vote for President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee

She said her vote does not diminish how disturbed she was by Republicans refusal to hold a hearing on President Obama's last Supreme Court nominee Judge Garland

WASHINGTON D.C. — Senator Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat, says she “will” vote for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. She was the target of an ad by the NRA to vote in his favor. “President Trump chose a pro-gun judge for the Supreme Court,” the television ad said. “Tell Heidi Heitkamp, ‘say no to Chuck Schumer and the liberal elites’. Vote…

ND House Kills Bill for State-Owned Casinos

If it had been endorsed by the House, the constitutional amendment would have gone on the ballot for voters to decide

  BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota House voted to kill a Fargo representative’s bill to establish state-owned casinos. Rep. Al Carlson’s proposal includes building casinos the state could promote as “destination attractions” and use the profits to offset taxes. But opponents say the state-owned casinos could hurt American Indian casinos and damage relationships with the tribes. If it had…

People of Casselton Approve Tax Increase for New Wellness Center

A new community center will soon be built in Casselton, connected to the Central Cass School

  CASSELTON, N.D. — People in Casselton have approved a tax increase for a wellness center. The vote was 307 to 279. A vote extends the city’s sales tax from 1% to 2%. A new community center will soon be built in Casselton, connected to the Central Cass School. The revenue will go towards funding a Wellness Center. The vote…

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…

State-Owned Casinos Facing Uphill Battle in North Dakota

Carlson's resolution is a proposed constitutional amendment that would go to voters next year if lawmakers give the okay

  BISMARCK, N.D. — A potentially losing hand has been dealt in a Fargo lawmaker’s attempt to allow state-owned casinos. The House Judiciary Committee gave Rep. Al Carlson’s proposal to allow up to six state-owned casinos a 13-2 “do not pass” recommendation on Wednesday. The full House is expected to vote Friday. Carlson’s resolution is a proposed constitutional amendment that…

Battle Brewing Over State-Owned Casinos in North Dakota

Opponents also say that state-owned casinos would hurt American Indian gambling facilities and impact relationships with tribes

  BISMARCK, N.D. — The chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes is against a proposal to allow state-owned casinos. Mark Fox told the House Judiciary Committee that casinos provide jobs and revenue for the state’s five Indian reservations and nearby communities. Opponents also say that state-owned casinos would hurt American Indian gambling facilities and impact relationships with tribes. Republican Rep….

Polls Remain Open Until 8 for Fargo Public Schools Mill Levy Election

Polls are open to vote on the fargo public school mill levy

FARGO, N.D. — Voting polls are open in more than 10 locations for the Fargo Public Schools Mill Levy election. The school district currently has a general fund levy of 127 mills. A “YES” vote will allow the district to receive tax dollars based on the true assessed value of individual property as the city grows or property values change….