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Bismarck lawmakers propose state employee pay increases

BISMARCK - A trio of North Dakota lawmakers unveiled a bill draft to give state employee salary increases Monday, Nov. 12, a couple of months ahead of the 2019 legislative session.
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John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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Rob Port: North Dakota voters are very forgiving of politicians who struggle with alcohol

Here’s a wild story out of Walsh County (a rural community north of Grand Forks). Shortly before election day, on November 2nd, Walsh County Commissioner Ernest George Barta was arrested ...

Teen passenger dies in eastern Minnesota crash

FLOODWOOD, Minn. -- A 17-year-old Proctor girl died Saturday in a head-on collision near Floodwood in northeastern Minnesota. Just after 6 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, Emma Faith Abernathy was a ...
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New government guidelines say you can get your exercise in small doses

A chair dip exercise can get the blood flowing in your arms even while you're at work during the day. Thinkstock / Special to The Forum
Americans seeking to stay healthy can get their exercise in small increments of just a few minutes at a time, according to new guidelines issued by the government Monday that ...

Kellyanne Conway on Acosta video: 'That's not altered. That's sped up. They do it all the time in sports.'

President Trump argues with CNN reporter Jim Acosta during a news conference in the White House on Wednesday. Bloomberg photo by Al Drago
WASHINGTON - Kellyanne Conway doesn't think the controversial video shared by the White House of CNN reporter Jim Acosta refusing to let go of the microphone during President Donald Trump's ...

VIDEO: Thompson, ND, celebrates state championship Tommies style

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THOMPSON, N.D. — Main Street was a red carpet for state champion Thompson Tommies. The team bus rolled back into Tommy Country on Friday evening, Nov., 9, escorted by first ...

Car found partially submerged in Little Detroit Lake leads to water, ground search for driver

The Detroit Lakes Fire Department and Becker County Dive Team conduct a water search Sunday morning after finding a car partially submerged in Big Detroit Lake with no sign of the driver. Submitted Photo
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - A minivan partially submerged in Big Detroit Lake on the 1000 block of West Lake Drive caused quite a bit of concern this morning. Just after ...

Seasonal worker didn’t know former boss was escaping after fraud accusations

Jerry Hennessey (Photo courtesy of the Battle Lake Review)
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — Tim Leonard was awoken early on Monday, Sept. 10, by a steady knocking on the front door of his house in north Fergus Falls. “I yelled, ...

California fire death toll rises to 31, with hundreds missing

A fire-scarred hillside just outside Paradise, Calif., Nov. 11, 2018. Of the 23 people known on Sunday to have been killed by the fire in Paradise, six had died in their cars. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times/Copyright 2018)
The most destructive wildfires in California's history have killed at least 31 people and forced tens of thousands more to evacuate as firefighters struggle to gain control amid swirling winds. ...

Co-op seeking access to inventory taxidermy, property

Erik Ahlgren of Fergus Falls, Minn., an attorney for Ashby (Minn.) Farmers Elevator Cooperative, asked for an expedited order to allow him to go onto former manager Jerry Hennessey’s homestead to inventory its taxidermy, equipment and other items for potential recovery in the wake of nearly $5 million in unauthorized checks. Photo taken Nov. 6, 2018, at Elbow Lake, Minn. (Forum News Service/Agweek/Mikkel Pates)1 / 2
The Ashby (Minn.) Farmers Elevator Cooperative efforts to recover money from their former general manager, Jerry Hennessey, and his wife, Becky, are being handled in Grant County’s historic courthouse in Elbow Lake, Minn. Photo taken Nov. 6, 2018, at Elbow Lake, Minn. (Forum News Service/Agweek/Mikkel Pates)2 / 2
ELBOW LAKE, Minn. -- The defunct Ashby (Minn.) Farmers Elevator has formally asked a court for permission to enter the property of its former general manager, Jerry Hennessey, to start ...


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