Sam Easter is a City Government reporter for the Grand Forks Herald. You can reach him with story tips, comments and ideas at 701-330-3441.
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GRAND FORKS—If he could, Chuck Hilger would meet the opioid crisis with a brand-new clinic in Bemidji. It's close enough to reservations to fight a nationwide wave of addiction, one that's taking Native American lives at six times the rate of other Minnesotans. But the world doesn't work that way.
GRAND FORKS — Reporters who covered the Dakota Access Pipeline protests spoke at a panel on UND campus Thursday, April 19, providing some insight — and, at times, a defense — of their work with one of the biggest stories of 2017.
GRAND FORKS — A brass band piped music through an Alerus Center ballroom on Sunday as members of the North Dakota Army National Guard officially, finally came home.
Many North Dakota and Minnesota leaders have endorsed President Donald Trump's early Saturday airstrikes against Syria — a move they said was an appropriate response to a chemical attack that killed at least 43 people near Damascus earlier this week.
ROLLA, N.D. -- A 52-year-old Belcourt, N.D., man is dead after becoming unresponsive at the Rolette County Jail, where he was held after a car chase ended in his arrest Friday night, April 13.
CAVALIER, N.D. -- A 55-year-old man is dead after a four-wheeler crash less than 10 miles from Cavalier in Pembina County. According to a release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol, the man was driving a Polaris ATV that left the road and went into a ditch, “where it traveled over rough ground.” The driver was ejected and sustained fatal injuries. The release states that he was not wearing a helmet.
GRAND FORKS—North Dakota's Senate candidates are at odds over a new advertisement hitting Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. The ad, which criticizes a stance she took on Syria in 2013, features the images of ailing Syrian children, apparently in the aftermath of a chemical attack. "Using poisoned, dead Syrian children in a political attack ad is disgusting, shameful and downright wrong," Heitkamp wrote on Twitter, calling on her opponent to reject the ad. "North Dakotans expect better. (Rep. Kevin) Cramer (R-N.D.) should condemn this ad and ask that it be taken down."
WASHINGTON—Hours and hours of questions for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg finished with Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., on Wednesday, April 11, who used the final few minutes of a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing to press the social media chief on questions of bias and dangerous online content.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., won the first quarter of 2018 and holds the cash-on-hand lead for fundraising in North Dakota's U.S. Senate race, according to fundraising figures released by the campaigns of both Heitkamp and her opponent, Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. Heitkamp's campaign said it had raised $1.6 million in the first quarter, ending with $5.3 million in cash on hand.
The North Dakota Mill and Elevator — among Grand Forks' largest, most imposing features — will get a little bit bigger this summer. Mill leaders hope to add 18,000 more feet of railroad track and an extra 500,000 bushels of storage space this summer — up from 4 million — pending approval later this month from top state officials. Vance Taylor, the mill's president and general manager, said rail deliveries are trending toward trains longer than 100 cars, instead of the once-typical 50-to-70 car trains, as the mill itself handles more and more intake.