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A new agreement between the U.S. and Canada is being billed as a way to ease congestion and speed up border crossings. The preclearance agreement would allow U.S. officials to conduct inspections on Canadian soil and vice versa before allowing people or goods into their country. The agreement was signed by U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Steven Blaney and announced Monday.
Growing up in Rolla, N.D., hours away from shopping centers in the state's larger cities, Heather McAtee had limited options for buying clothes outside of the Internet. "That's what you'd do, you'd order online," she said. "Unless you wanted to drive three hours." Those limited options showed McAtee how far of a reach women's clothes stores in the region could have.
You could say John Lester believes in his product. He used to work at the former Grand Junction Grilled Subs in Grand Forks, and he ate there all the time while going to college in Fargo. Now he's working to bring the restaurant back to Grand Forks this year. "Not only am I trying to make this my business, it's also one of the restaurants I try to eat at as much as possible," Lester said.
The North Dakota Senate voted down a bill Thursday that would have allowed establishments to start serving alcohol an hour earlier - 11 a.m. - on Sundays. The so-called "brunch...
A Grand Forks state senator reported campaign contributions from a Canadian businessman during the last election cycle, a disclosure that was mentioned on the House floor Monday during a discussion on ethics. Lonnie Laffen, R-Grand Forks, reported a $1,945 contribution from Leo Ledohowski in October in the run-up to his re-election bid.
A fixed-base operator at the Grand Forks International Airport was purchased last week by a Michigan-based company. Avflight completed its purchase of GFK Flight Support on Thursday, said the company's president Carl Muhs. The GFK staff will stay in place, he said. "We have essentially come in and taken over the operations from GFK Flight Support," Muhs said. "You have to have the right folks in place, and they certainly have them there in Grand Forks." Fixed-based operators offer air charter, aircraft fueling, maintenance and flight training.
A group of U.S. senators is renewing a push to allow states to collect sales tax from remote retailers that don't have a physical presence in the state, a move they say would level the playing field between online and traditional retailers. The Marketplace Fairness Act, which passed the Senate in 2013 before dying in the House, was introduced last week by a bipartisan group of lawmakers that includes Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. Sen.
Barry Branvold's favorite comic book character wasn't Superman or any of the X-Men, but Uncle Scrooge, the uncle of Donald Duck. "I don't what it was about Uncle Scrooge, but he's a hoarder kind of like I am," Branvold said of the cartoon duck known for jumping head-first into a pile of money. After 36 years, Branvold is closing Barry's Collector's Corner in the Grand Cities Mall, which sells comic books, toys and other products. Branvold said he's looking to retire, and he couldn't find a buyer to take over the business.
An office building that once hosted almost 150 workers in Grand Forks is getting new life as developers look to provide similar spaces in the area. Two and a half...
John Hoeven, one of the 47 Republican senators to sign a controversial letter to Iranian leaders regarding negotiations over that country's nuclear program this week, said the letter came after a veto threat from President Obama. The open letter to the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran, sent Monday, said any agreement not approved by Congress is a "mere executive agreement" that could be revoked by the next president and changed by future Congresses.