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FARGO — North Dakota’s secretary of state race in the Nov. 6 election has defied predictability. It features two Republican candidates running as independents and a Democratic challenger. The race took an unusual twist when the GOP nominee in the race, Will Gardner, dropped out after news reports of his arrest years earlier on a “peeping Tom” charge outside a woman’s dormitory.
MOORHEAD — Rep. Collin Peterson and his challenger Dave Hughes clashed over the Republican tax cuts' role in driving up the federal budget deficit, negotiations over the new farm bill and health care in a debate Friday, Oct. 19, on Minnesota Public Radio. The race is a replay of the 2016 election matchup, in which Peterson, Minnesota DFL, beat Hughes, his Republican challenger, by 16,637 votes.
FARGO—Prairie Public Broadcasting has been buffeted by budget cuts, declining membership, and consumers' shifting habits in a media marketplace that is increasingly varied and fragmented. Prairie Public finished its 2017 fiscal year with a deficit of $315,818 and its radio service was $534,139 in the red. Similar numbers are expected for fiscal 2018, which ended Sept. 30, said John Harris, Prairie Public's president and chief executive officer.
FARGO — The largest herd of Nokota horses is being dispersed. The herd was the lifetime work of Leo Kuntz, a 69-year-old rancher near Linton, N.D., who died unexpectedly from injuries suffered in an all-terrain vehicle crash in August while checking on his horses.
FARGO — Hubs like the Midco data center here will serve as the "brains" for increasing armies of mobile devices and the "internet of things" that will exploit the lightning speed of broadband and wireless communications. That's the vision of Brendan Carr, a member of the Federal Communications Commission, who stopped here Thursday, Oct. 11, on a tour of locations in Minnesota and North Dakota that will continue with a field hearing Friday in Sioux Falls, S.D.
FARGO — North Dakota bankers, who gathered here recently for a conference on agricultural lending, included a seminar on how to recognize distressed farm borrowers and how to mitigate their stress. The recent session for the conference of the North Dakota Bankers Association is a sign of the times as farmers carry out harvest for yet another crop year dominated by low prices, compounded by high input costs and the uncertainty caused by trade disputes.
FARGO — North Dakota officials expect modest growth over the upcoming budget for 2019 to 2021 as oil continues to rebound while the farm sector struggles with low prices and trade friction. Joe Morrissette, director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger met Monday, Oct. 1, with local business leaders for input to help them draft the next revenue forecast.
FARGO — Cash Hatlen was a normal, bouncy baby for the first six weeks of his life. There was no hint that anything could go wrong. Except, in hindsight, there was one telltale sign. He spit up a lot. But all babies spit up, after all, and his mother saw nothing unusual about her fifth child. Nothing unusual until her cousin, who was visiting, abruptly noticed that something had gone very wrong. "Cash doesn't look right," the cousin said, with evident alarm in her voice. His mother, Kelly Hatlen, rushed to his crib and it was immediately clear that he was in danger.
FARGO—North Dakota insurance officials outlined a plan intended to allow consumers more options for health coverage they said would reduce premiums between 10 percent and 20 percent and would give insurers greater flexibility. Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread presented the proposal, which aims to increase health insurance affordability and competition, Wednesday, Sept. 26, to an interim legislative committee.
FARGO—Former Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., said Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem "outsourced" health decisions for North Dakota residents by joining a Texas lawsuit seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act. Stenehjem joined a legal challenge in federal court in Texas that seeks to declare the health care law unconstitutional. If the law is struck down, thousands of North Dakotans who get their health insurance through the marketplace or from expanded Medicaid will lose their coverage, Dorgan said on Tuesday, Sept. 25.