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The Grand Forks County Sheriff said Wednesday a bill that would require law enforcement in North Dakota to obtain a warrant before using unmanned aircraft for surveillance appears to be a "solution in search of a problem." Sheriff Bob Rost said no action was taken on the bill by the House Judiciary Committee because testimony didn't conclude Wednesday. An audio tape of the hearing wasn't available Wednesday evening. The bill, as introduced by state Rep.
A proposal from North Dakota legislative leadership would require state lawmakers to live in the district they represent. The proposal, Senate Concurrent Resolution 4010, will go before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday morning.
A bill that would have allowed underage active military members to drink alcohol was voted down Friday in the North Dakota House. The bill as introduced would have allowed members...
Brianne Osowski wants to bring a bit of her experience as a model in New York City to Grand Forks. The owner of Curious, the gift shop on 32nd Avenue South, is opening a new store focused on women's clothing in downtown Grand Forks. She hopes to open the store, Curious Clothing, sometime this spring at 12 S. Third St., the space recently vacated by the Uniform Unit.
North Dakota has some built-in advantages for companies that operate data centers. But despite the relatively low energy costs and being relatively safe from natural disasters that could cripple the...
North Dakota Democratic lawmakers have introduced a bill to separate the state's oil and gas promotional and regulatory duties. The bill states that the North Dakota Industrial Commission, which oversees the Department of Mineral Resources, "may not foster, encourage, and promote the development, production and utilization of natural resources of oil and gas in this state," and instead must focus on regulating those industries.
Salvation Army in Grand Forks did not reach its fundraising goal this past holiday season, falling 10 percent short of the roughly $400,000 the nonprofit was aiming for. The nonprofit...
A representative of the North Dakota Student Association spoke against a bill that would tweak the state's voter identification law Thursday. Kelsey Klein, governmental relations director for the group, told the House Government and Veterans Affairs Committee that House Bill 1333 could disenfranchise many student voters, especially those from out of the state. The bill would eliminate the option of student identification certificates that were provided by the university system. The bill, introduced by state Rep. Randy Boehning, R-Fargo, would allow a bill, bank statement or U.S.
Arctic Cat, the maker of snowmobiles and ATVs with a plant in Thief River Falls, reported Wednesday that its net sales dropped 14 percent in the third quarter of fiscal year 2014. The company reported net sales of $193.7 million during the quarter, down from the prior fiscal year's third quarter sales of $225.8 million. The company also reported net earnings of $7.5 million, or $.57 per diluted share.
A North Dakota legislative committee gave a thumbs-up Wednesday to a bill that would allow bars and restaurants to serve alcohol an hour earlier on Sundays. Bill sponsor state Rep. Marie Strinden, D-Grand Forks, said the bill is aimed at resolving the "inequality" between North Dakota and its neighbors, including Minnesota. East Grand Forks allows alcohol sales beginning at 10 a.m.