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GRAND FORKS—GOP Senate candidate Gary Emineth's social media activity entered a second day of harsh scrutiny Friday, with a senior leader of North Dakota's college Republicans calling certain items "flat-out racist."
WASHINGTON—Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., raised $1.3 million in the fourth quarter of last year, the largest amount raised by anyone chasing the seat she now holds. Heitkamp's war chest is now at nearly $4.5 million, according to figures provided by her campaign. The Federal Election Commission has not yet publicly posted her more detailed financial report—which would include key donors and expenditures—but her campaign said she has raised $7.73 million so far this election cycle.
GRAND FORKS—Roland Riemers, a Grand Forks Libertarian who has sought a variety of offices in recent years, announced a campaign for North Dakota secretary of state on Tuesday. If elected, he plans to "eliminate unnecessary paperwork," cut spending by 5 percent or more and make online paperwork more user-friendly. That same release touts Riemers' stance on a range of political issues, including support for "court reform, shared parenting (and) ending the war on drugs" He also opposes waterboarding, sex offender lists and "gender bias in courts and law enforcement."
BISMARCK — Gary Emineth, former chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party and a Bismarck businessman, teased his interest in North Dakota's U.S. Senate race on Monday, Jan. 29, noting in an interview that he's "over 90 percent" sure he'll run.
WASHINGTON—When Donald Trump addresses the nation on Tuesday night, Jan. 30, lawmakers from Minnesota and North Dakota will be listening carefully for the president's vision—and from a look at the guest list, some are looking to make statements of their own. Here's a look at who local leaders have asked to appear with them during the president's address: Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. Guest: Dennis Kooren
Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., minced no words Friday, Jan. 26, on recent reports that President Donald Trump attempted last year to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller—the ex-FBI director now investigating links between Russia and the president's campaign.
GRAND FORKS—Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump's presidency, with approval ratings nationwide historically low for much of that time. And among North Dakota and Minnesota leaders, Trump's performance reviews are mixed. Pressed to grade Trump's first year in office, members of both states' delegations to Washington gave a range of answers, from "2017 left a lot on the table" to "(Trump) is on the right agenda."
NEW ROCKFORD, N.D. — Joan Heckaman, a New Rockford Democrat who serves as the Senate' minority leader, announced her re-election campaign in District 23 on Friday morning, Jan. 11. Heckaman has been a member of the Senate since she was first elected in 2006.
MINTO, N.D. — Brian Misialek's obituary starts like any other — the Minto man died age 58, four days before Christmas, "in his home surrounded by his family." But the second line is more unexpected: "Brian was diagnosed in October 2017 with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare brain disease that affects only one in one million people," it reads. "Brian was truly a one-in-a-million man."
The North Dakota Highway Patrol announced an early-morning, four-vehicle crash that occurred New Years' Day, all with one Fort Totten minor—now charged with DUI—at the center. The incident occurred in central Devils Lake at about 5:30 a.m., when a 15-year-old boy got behind the wheel of a 1994 Chevrolet Silverado.