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The Grand Forks City Council checked out the city’s nearly one-month old website Monday evening, about three weeks after the city shared its new design with the public. According to a presentation from city staff, the Grand Forks website is meant to be more mobile friendly and service oriented.
GRAND FORKS — Before Sarah Lovas married her husband and moved from one fourth-generation farm to another, she recalled an exceptionally wet season on eastern North Dakota wheat fields.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Although North American leaders have announced they reached a new trade agreement to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, North Dakota industries say there's still much the pact has left to address. The new deal, referred to as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, will directly benefit U.S. dairy farmers, automobile manufacturers and wheat producers, the latter by changing a wheat grading system in Canada accused of downgrading U.S. grains to a lower quality.
CAVALIER, N.D. — It's been a long two months for several rail-dependent businesses in Cavalier and Walhalla, all of which lost a bridge and several miles of track to a grass fire earlier this summer. On Wednesday, Sept. 19, Curt Kirking of Cavalier Bean Co. announced repairs have finished and the track will be back in business Monday. "The ironic part of it is, the bridge burned on July 19," Kirking said. "And on Sept. 19, I was made aware we can start using the track Monday."
GRAND FORKS — Even as other states and the federal government take a closer look at regulating e-cigarettes, North Dakota still doesn't officially consider them taxable tobacco products. An anti-tobacco group in the state hopes to change that next year. In 2015, the state Legislature passed a law prohibiting minors from having or purchasing e-cigarettes and all other electronic smoking devices. The same law also required that liquid nicotine come in child-resistant packaging.
WALHALLA, N.D.—The Pembina Gorge Foundation is again applying for an Outdoor Heritage Fund grant, this time for $865,000 to help add a downhill mountain bike trails and a wildlife observation point. In total, the projects will cost more than $1.7 million, according to an estimate from Kristi Wilfahrt, the foundation's interim director. The Outdoor Fund turned down a Pembina Gorge application this summer for $1.3 million, as part of the foundation's $6.2 million Fire-up 4 Frost Fire campaign to replace a nearly $1.9 million chairlift.
GRAND FORKS -- Vice President Mike Pence will visit Grand Forks July 25, according to tweets and comments Thursday by Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., though additional details about a visit were scant. Cramer tweeted a picture of himself and his wife, Kris, with Pence, around noon, telling the city to “get ready” for a visitor. A second tweet said “July 25th will be a memorable day for Grand Forks.” Cramer later said Pence would attend a fundraiser for him July 25. Tim Rasmussen, a spokesman for Cramer’s campaign to unseat Sen.
GRAND FORKS—Only a couple hours south of Winnipeg, Grand Forks prides itself a prime destination for Canadian tourists. In 2017, the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau spent $130,000 on advertising and social media line items, most of which Executive Director Julie Rygg said were directed at Manitoba. Canadian tourism is a big deal for the rest of the state, too. North Dakota's tourism department said it ranks 11th in Canadian visitorship.