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GLYNDON, Minn. — Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to visit a farm near Glyndon on Thursday, May 9, according to a White House official. The stop will be part of a visit to Minnesota during which Pence plans to promote the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The trade deal needs approval from Congress in order to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement that the three countries reached in 1994.
GRAND FORKS - Former U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is set to address University of North Dakota graduates later this month. Heitkamp will speak at the commencement ceremony for graduate students at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Alerus Center, the university announced via its UND Today blog. During the ceremony Heitkamp, along with pilot Clay Lacy, will be presented with an honorary doctor of letters degree from UND.
WEST FARGO — The West Fargo Fire Department unveiled four fully equipped bicycles Wednesday, May 1, that will be used to get first responders through large crowds to people in need. The bike teams will work with FM Ambulance staff, so if someone needs to be transported or the emergency requires more specialized care, ambulance crews will assist. Captain Jason Carriveau said the medic bikes would be used during large events such as Cruise Night, which draws about 5,000 people, and West Fest, which draws about 10,000 people
BISMARCK — The state of North Dakota has created a new state agency focused on environmental regulations after a two-year process to separate those functions from the Department of Health. The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality was officially established Monday, April 29, according to a news release. The 2017 Legislature passed a bill severing one branch of the state Department of Health to create the agency.
BISMARCK -- Taxable sales and purchases in North Dakota grew by 12.5% in 2018, the largest year-over-year bump since 2012, state Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said Tuesday, April 30. Rauschenberger, a Republican, cited continued growth in oil and gas industry-related sectors. The $20.2 billion in taxable sales and purchases overshadowed the nearly $18 billion total in 2017.
ST. PAUL — In honor and remembrance of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Eugene Wynn , Gov. Tim Walz has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the state of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Friday, April 26.
North Dakota deer hunters had an overall success rate of 64% during the 2018 deer gun season, the Game and Fish Department announced this week. Based on postseason hunter surveys, 48,717 North Dakota deer hunters killed about 31,350 deer during the 2018 deer gun hunting season, the Game and Fish Department said. Game and Fish offered 55,150 deer gun licenses last year.
Flying a drone can be a lot of fun — but it can be downright dangerous during a wildfire, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Most people wouldn’t dream of driving their car in front of a fire engine that’s responding to a fire,” said Casey McCoy, the DNR’s fire prevention supervisor. “Flying your drone during a wildfire is just as reckless: we have to ground our planes until the drone gets out of the way, and that slows down our ability to fight the fire.”
BISMARCK — Legislation signed by North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum will help lower health insurance costs, Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread said Monday, April 22. House Bill 1106 proposes to create a process in which enrollees remain in the individual market with their current plan and carrier, while a portion of their claims are reimbursed by a "reinsurance pool," according to a news release. The pool would be funded by federal funds and assessments imposed on insurance companies on the state's market.
DULUTH — First responders recovered the body of a male from Chester Creek on Tuesday, April 16, near the University of Minnesota Duluth. The male could not immediately be identified and it was not known Tuesday afternoon how long he was in the water. An investigation into the cause of death is ongoing, St. Louis County Undersheriff Dave Phillips said. The body was first reported around 4:32 p.m. by someone passing by the Ninth Street bridge over the creek. The steep incline, snow and ice made recovery of the body difficult, Phillips said.