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The three Republicans who represent southern Grand Forks in Bismarck are all seeking re-election. State Sen Ray Holmberg and state Reps. Mark Sanford and Mark Owens, all from District 17, announced their intention to seek their seats once again this November as voters in odd-numbered districts around the state head to the polls. The district includes all of Grand Forks south of 32nd Avenue South, neighborhoods south of downtown and along the Red River, and large areas west and south of the city.
Building-sized artwork, fading "ghost signs" and a more colorful, charismatic city came before Grand Forks leaders on Thursday evening as they weighed what to do with proposed changes to local laws on murals.
Isaac Cramer, the 35-year-old son of Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., has died after a weeks-long hospitalization following serious kidney and liver issues. Cramer shared the news on Facebook this morning.
Years from now, Grand Forks might be dotted with new, colorful, well-tended murals, all splashed onto buildings from Gateway Drive to the city's south end, as artists make use of pending changes to city code. At least, that's one possibility. In practice, some leaders worry, things might go differently.
From Washington Street construction to marijuana dispensaries, Monday night was a busy one at Grand Forks City Hall. City Council leaders voted 7-0 to approve plans to resurface a portion of Washington Street from Hammerling Avenue to Eighth Avenue North this summer, after road conditions "severely deteriorated," according to city documents, and the state Department of Transportation won federal approval to move the project sooner. It will cost $111,000 in local dollars.
GRAND FORKS—The North Dakota Democratic-NPL passed its policy platform on Saturday morning, March 17, at the party's state convention, setting its official stance on a range of policies—from climate change to marijuana to energy and agriculture. The passage came after longer discussion Friday night, March 16, that included debates on gun control and legalizing marijuana that was eventually tabled as it began to wear into the early evening. Upon resuming debate on Saturday, the platform passed in a matter of minutes.
The North Dakota Democratic-NPL passed its policy platform on Saturday morning at the party's state convention setting its official stance on a range of policies—from climate change to marijuana to energy and agriculture. The passage came after longer discussion Friday night that included long debates on gun control and legalizing marijuana that was eventually tabled as it began to wear into the early evening. Upon resuming debate on Saturday, the platform passed in a matter of minutes.
Former Vice President Joe Biden addressed a crowd of rapt North Dakota Democrats at the Alerus Center on Saturday, urging them to vote in this November’s U.S. Senate race. In a long speech, he remembered less corrosive political times and gave his audience a whiff of fire-and-brimstone populism. “My dad, we heard him say it once, we heard him say it a thousand times. … He’d say, be a man of your word,” Biden said. “Without your word, you’re not a man.”
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., won the endorsement of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL on Saturday, a move that propels her further into what promises to be one of the most hard-fought U.S. Senate campaigns in the country. Heitkamp won the endorsement by a 479-85 vote of delegates gathered at party's the state convention at Grand Forks' Alerus Center, winning over Dustin Peyer, a wildlands firefighter from Driscoll.
Values or voters? Members of North Dakota Democratic-NPL debated its platform on Friday in a long, evening discussion at its statewide convention at Grand Forks' Alerus Center. Ranging from marijuana to guns to abortion, the discussion at one moment became a discussion about strategy—should the Democrats stick to their philosophy, or should they appeal to rural, gun-owning North Dakota?