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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.
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.
GRAND FORKS — In the final moments of North Dakota's GOP convention, Chairman Rick Berg offered an appeal to unity. "My goal as chairman is to separate the personalities from the (items) we work out," he told delegates on Sunday from the convention stage in Grand Forks. "We can disagree, but we should not be disagreeable."
GRAND FORKS — Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., claimed his party's endorsement for the U.S. Senate race on Saturday, April 7, in front of a packed ballroom at Grand Forks' Alerus Center, where delegates at the GOP state convention voted for him unanimously. In an address moments before the vote, Cramer laid out the high-stakes race, which could decide control of the chamber, touting his work in the House of Representatives and lamenting that Senate Democrats have been able "to obstruct and block our progress."
GRAND FORKS—A new set of Chinese tariffs won't hamstring North Dakota's economy, but they've left some experts wondering what happens next. Monte Peterson is one of the biggest advocates for soybean farmers in the state, with top roles at the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association and the U.S. Soybean Export Council. He's watched over past weeks as saber-rattling has blossomed into what might be a trade war, with Chinese tariffs slapped on 128 American goods on Monday, including pork products and an array of fruits.
FARGO—"Good woman?" Not anymore. Vice President Mike Pence stopped in Fargo on Tuesday to tout the Republican tax overhaul and give Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., a boost in his campaign to unseat Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. The incumbent senator, considered to be among the nation's most vulnerable Democrats in this year's election, had won President Donald Trump's praise in a 2017 visit to Mandan as a "good woman." But the days of praise from the Trump administration appear to be over.