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GRAND FORKS—If he could, Chuck Hilger would meet the opioid crisis with a brand-new clinic in Bemidji. It's close enough to reservations to fight a nationwide wave of addiction, one that's taking Native American lives at six times the rate of other Minnesotans. But the world doesn't work that way.
GRAND FORKS — Reporters who covered the Dakota Access Pipeline protests spoke at a panel on UND campus Thursday, April 19, providing some insight — and, at times, a defense — of their work with one of the biggest stories of 2017.
Former FBI Director James Comey's first major interview since his firing by President Donald Trump aired on Sunday night. The interview, in which Comey called Trump "morally unfit," has North Dakota and Minnesota leaders at odds — and it has Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., pressing to keep Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation open and independent.
Many North Dakota and Minnesota leaders have endorsed President Donald Trump's early Saturday airstrikes against Syria — a move they said was an appropriate response to a chemical attack that killed at least 43 people near Damascus earlier this week.
WASHINGTON—Hours and hours of questions for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg finished with Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., on Wednesday, April 11, who used the final few minutes of a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing to press the social media chief on questions of bias and dangerous online content.
WASHINGTON—Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced tough questions from congressional leaders Tuesday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., among them. Zuckerberg's appearance on Capitol Hill comes after news that Cambridge Analytica, a political research firm, was able to obtain the personal information of tens of millions of users, leading to intense concerns over user privacy. Those concerns are part of broader questions about the role social media played in Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., won the first quarter of 2018 and holds the cash-on-hand lead for fundraising in North Dakota's U.S. Senate race, according to fundraising figures released by the campaigns of both Heitkamp and her opponent, Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. Heitkamp's campaign said it had raised $1.6 million in the first quarter, ending with $5.3 million in cash on hand.
GRAND FORKS—Senators from Minnesota and North Dakota are split on the road ahead after President Donald Trump's Monday announcement that he is firing Rex Tillerson, his administration's secretary of state.
GRAND FORKS—North Dakota's Republican leaders in Washington, often content with President Donald Trump's policy decisions, took a different tack last week upon his announcement of high metal tariffs, which critics say could harm the American economy.
GRAND FORKS — Minnesota and North Dakota leaders are cautiously open to President Donald Trump's plans to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un—often welcoming diplomacy and a calmer relationship, but hoping the Trump administration will handle a delicate moment deftly.