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BISMARCK — The majority of North Dakotans voted in favor of Measure 2 on Tuesday, Nov. 6, according to complete but unofficial results. With all 424 precincts reporting, the measure passed by a 66 to 34 percent margin.
ST. PAUL-- Minnesotans will now be able to test, map and report broadband internet speed across the state. CheckSpeedMinnesota.com is a benchmarking tool created by The Minnesota Office of Broadband Development that allows users to answer a few questions and run a speed test to track results. In a press release from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, it highlights the importance of having a system like this.
FARGO — Practicing historian and University of North Dakota doctoral student Janet Strand is ensuring those who died from the influenza pandemic of 1918 aren't forgotten. Pvt. Floyd Fuller was a member of the Student Army Training Corps at UND. When he was inducted into service Sept. 1, 1918, in Fargo, he was bound for Grand Forks for service. He died October 24, 1918, from influenza.
FARGO—Measure 2 is presented by a sponsoring committee of 37 members including North Dakota GOP Senate candidate Gary Emineth as the chairman. The measure aims to change the language of a Article II, Section 1 from "Every citizen of the United States, who has attained the age of eighteen years and who is a North Dakota resident, shall be a qualified elector." to "Only a citizen of the United States, who has attained the age of eighteen years and who is a North Dakota resident, shall be a qualified elector."
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum recognized the winning photographs and honorable mentions for the 15th annual North Dakota Governor's Photo Contest on Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Bismarck. Minot resident Steve Silseth's photo, "Pintail," was named Best of Show and was also the winning photograph for the Wildlife category. The photo was selected best out of 1,072 submitted into the contest, according to a North Dakota Tourism press release. Silseth's photo took patience and a keen eye for the duck's behavior.
FARGO—On the 3rd Annual Indigenous Peoples' Day celebration, a former Fargo cultural planner and current spiritual leader received the Gladys Ray award. The award is given to those who have made a special impact in the indigenous community in Fargo and abroad. Willard 'Yellowbird' Jr. led and closed the ceremony in prayer, but he never expected the award he received from Gladys Ray's granddaughter, Amber Mattson.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — LGBTQ Minnesotans are responding to a report this week of a new gender-neutral option for state driver's licenses. At least one lawmaker is questioning why the option did not have legislative approval. Residents in Minnesota will now have the option to choose 'X' as their gender on their state ID if they don't identify as either male or female.
Editor's Note: This is an installment for One of a Kind, a regular video series that looks at interesting people throughout the Red River Valley. Read more "One of a Kind" stories here. If you know of someone who would make for a great story, email Austin Howard at email@example.com . MAYVILLE — Rick Karboviak started Rick's ReCycle in 2016 with a passion for fixing bikes and newfound love for riding.
WEST FARGO — Pete Kostelnick enjoys running ... a lot. In a trip he's calling, "Ke2Key: Unlocking my Wildest Dream," he is running from Kenai, Alaska, to Key West, Fla. In 2016, he already broke the record for fastest time to run across America. It took him 42 days to run from San Francisco to New York City, a nearly 3,100-mile trip. This trip from Alaska to Florida? 5,200 miles. His supplies in the cart he brings include food, water, Gatorade, toiletries, five changes of laundry, bear spray, a tent and water bladders.
Editor's Note: This is the second installment for Above and Beyond, a regular video series that will look at people making a difference in their communities. If you know of someone who would make for a great story, email Austin Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org . FARGO—C.J. English is a popular author in the Amazon Kindle world for her best-selling weight-loss book, "WTF am I supposed to eat?", and has written two other memoirs that have been published. But the Fargo native wanted to be bigger. Not in fame, but in making an impact.