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WASHINGTON—When Donald Trump addresses the nation on Tuesday night, Jan. 30, lawmakers from Minnesota and North Dakota will be listening carefully for the president's vision—and from a look at the guest list, some are looking to make statements of their own. Here's a look at who local leaders have asked to appear with them during the president's address: Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. Guest: Dennis Kooren
Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., minced no words Friday, Jan. 26, on recent reports that President Donald Trump attempted last year to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller—the ex-FBI director now investigating links between Russia and the president's campaign.
GRAND FORKS—Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump's presidency, with approval ratings nationwide historically low for much of that time. And among North Dakota and Minnesota leaders, Trump's performance reviews are mixed. Pressed to grade Trump's first year in office, members of both states' delegations to Washington gave a range of answers, from "2017 left a lot on the table" to "(Trump) is on the right agenda."
ROVERUD, Norway—George Melford Nygaard, 108, was born in 1910—just after Ford's Model T hit the streets, two years before the Titanic sailed and before Europe descended into World War I. Now approaching his 12th decade, the North Dakota native became Norway's oldest man late last year, just a few months behind a Norwegian woman who turned 108 in September. His own birthday was Jan. 12.
Fergus Falls firefighters responded to a “fully-engulfed” construction trailer fire on Friday and contended with multiple propane tanks as they attempted to put it out.
GRAND FORKS — Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn, invoked her own family history in rebuking President Donald Trump's reported remarks on Haitian and Nigerian immigrants, calling them "unfair generalizations." Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., also expressed concerns, though the offices of multiple other Minnesota and North Dakota leaders either declined to comment or did not respond to requests for comment on Saturday.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office have released details of a response to reported domestic violence that ended the discovery of a man dead in a rural home near Crookston. According to a report released early on Saturday morning, a sheriff’s deputy arrived at a home near Crookston at 9:35 p.m. to investigate a domestic violence call. When the deputy “attempted to make contact,” the report states, a gunshot rang out from inside the home.
EMERADO, N.D. — There was no room at the inn, but the parking lot was free. Chelsey Svir, 25, woke up Friday, Dec. 22, in Larimore, N.D., feeling pain, pressure, and a growing sense that her baby was coming—right now. Not long after, she sat in the Dairy Queen parking lot in Emerado, N.D., cradling a newborn son that she'd delivered herself, her two sons and her fiance traveling with her. Paramedics wouldn't arrive until several minutes later. "We're kind of blessed," said Kelly Svir, Chelsey's mother. "Now I've got to put him on my Christmas list, too."
GRAND FORKS—Devin Schaan, a single mother living in Grand Forks, never knew that her diabetes would shape so much of her budget. And she never expected that, as she balanced her needs against the health care bureaucracy, it could drive her so close to the edge of what she can afford. Schaan's troubles peaked earlier this year, when her insurance company's rates went up and she was left waiting to receive one of the Affordable Care Act's selection of insurance plans until January—the soonest the law would let her receive new insurance.
GRAND FORKS—President Donald Trump drew wide criticism this week for racially charged comments and Twitter activity, drawing mixed responses from North Dakota and Minnesota leaders.