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BISMARCK — A bill that would have given STEM students a break on tuition their senior year failed to garner enough votes Friday in the Senate. Senate Bill 2334, introduced by Sen. Curt Kreun, R-Grand Forks, would have created a senior year tuition waiver program for students majoring in a field of science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Students would have received their senior year tuition-free only if they remained employed in North Dakota for at least three years after graduation.
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — Charges were filed Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Itasca County against four pipeline activists. Four Catholic Workers were arrested Monday after entering a fenced-off area along Enbridge Energy’s oil pipeline system in Itasca County and protesting oil industry expansion, citing the need to cut fossil fuels to curb climate change.
BISMARCK — North Dakota House leaders expect longer floor sessions in the coming days with lawmakers set to vote on hundreds of bills ahead of a mid-session deadline. House Majority Leader Chet Pollert, R-Carrington, told legislators Monday, Feb. 4, that they will extend floor sessions to two hours for the rest of this week before moving to three-hour sessions next week. He also raised the possibility of working nights. Pollert said lawmakers are roughly matching the pace from the 2017 session, but they have introduced more bills this session.
GROTON, Conn. — The USS South Dakota joined the Navy’s fleet once again on Saturday, Feb. 2, as about 1,400 people gathered to see the new nuclear submarine be commissioned into service. The event was held at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton as the 135 sailors formally manned the ship for the first time. The new USS South Dakota is the 17th fast-attack submarine in the Virginia class, built to operate as far down as 800 feet below the surface of the water, while able to launch land-attack missiles and torpedoes.
ST. PAUL — The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities is supporting bills in the 2019 legislative session to provide $128 million for clean water infrastructure projects, officials said this week. According to a press release, the bipartisan bill the coalition is supporting would help cities offset the growing demand for projects to upgrade and rebuild water treatment plants and other infrastructure. The legislation, authored by Sen. Gary Dahms, R-Redwood Falls, and Rep. Jeanne Poppe, DFL-Austin, provides $128 million to general appropriation bonds.
WINNER, S.D. — Country Pride Cooperative, a regional ag cooperative with locations in 12 communities in South Dakota and Nebraska, announced Friday, Jan. 25, it is selling its assets to CHS. The cooperative said the proposal was voted on by the members of Country Pride and was passed with 92 percent approval. The transaction is expected to be finalized on March 1. Terms were not announced.
GRAND FORKS — Risk for significant snow melt flooding this spring on the Red River and Devils Lake Basin is low, according to a report released Thursday, Jan. 24. The risk is low mostly because of dry conditions for the last two years and a predicted mild second half of winter, according to the National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Devils Lake is about 1.6 feet lower this year than it was last year.
PIERRE, S.D. -- The South Dakota legislature officially supports the construction of a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota senators have killed a bill that would have allowed voters to wear campaign clothing at or near polling locations.
McHENRY, N.D. — One North Dakotan was lucky enough to win $1 million from the Saturday, Jan. 12, drawing using a Powerball Pick & Click, the state's richest winner yet using the online service. The winner matched all five white balls. The winning numbers were 7, 36, 48, 57, 58 and a Powerball of 24. The winner from McHenry, a town about 55 miles north of Jamestown, has not yet claimed the prize. The person has 180 days to do so.