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FARGO — As controversial gun bills start winding their way through the North Dakota Legislature, one bill that would allow concealed carry permit holders to bring guns onto school property and to public gatherings has school officials up in arms. Rep. Sebastian Ertelt, R-Lisbon, said a bill he introduced that would let 18-year-old students and other concealed carry permit holders have guns in public buildings came up in a committee hearing Thursday, Jan. 17.
WASHINGTON — Sen.-elect Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., has been appointed to one of his top two picks for committee assignments for the upcoming session that starts Jan. 3, but he missed out on another. Cramer, who moves over from the U.S. House, received his first choice to serve on the Environment and Public Works Committee, which is similar to the Energy and Commerce Committee he served on in the House.
WASHINGTON — As Congress adjourned Friday night, Dec. 21, there was no word if Savanna's Act, an effort to fight the epidemic of violence against women and girls on America's Indian reservations, had passed the U.S. House. The bill named for Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a 22-year-old pregnant Fargo woman murdered last year in a baby-snatching case, was hanging in the balance in the final days of a chaotic week in Congress. The Senate had approved the legislation by unanimous consent earlier in the month.
FARGO — Pressure was mounting and time was running out on Wednesday, Dec. 19, to get Savanna's Act passed in the U.S. House after the Senate unanimously approved the bill. The bill, sponsored by outgoing Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., addresses the epidemic of Native American women and girls who experience violence in their lives. It' s named for Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a pregnant Fargo woman killed last year in a baby-snatching case.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — It's a merry Christmas for travelers as gas prices have dropped to their lowest levels of the year in the region. And it'll be a happy new year thanks to prices continuing their three-month slide and dropping to below $2 in many places, according to Gene LaDoucer, North Dakota spokesman for AAA.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., is fuming over a U.S. House member's efforts to block Savanna's Act, legislation aimed at addressing the epidemic of Native American women and girls who experience violence in their lives, especially on rural reservations across the nation. The bill named for Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a pregnant Fargo woman who was abducted and killed last year in a baby-snatching case, was passed by the U.S. Senate as a unanimous consent bill on Dec. 7.
FARGO— Sloan Stoltz of south Fargo knew something was wrong when her mother collapsed at home in front of her and the family's 4-year-old twin boys on Thanksgiving weekend. So the 8-year-old quickly FaceTimed her aunt, Jenna Lee, in Grand Forks, who told the girl to get help at neighbor Mark Donarski's house in the tight-knit Farmstead Court neighborhood in south Fargo. Lee's husband, Jason, a law enforcement officer, meanwhile, called 911 while Donarski knew something was seriously wrong when a barefooted Sloan knocked on the door looking distraught and trembling.
BISMARCK — Two men have been charged and another has been sentenced for sex offenses on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in west-central North Dakota. Sentenced was Nathan Leon Yellow Lodge Jr., 26, of New Town, for sexual abuse of a minor. He will spend five years in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release. He was convicted of having sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old when he was 25 years old in June of last year, according to the U.S. Attorney's office for North Dakota. Federal Judge Daniel Hovland sentenced Yellow Lodge in October.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — There was a crash in gene therapy in the 1990s when rapid development led to less support and funding for gene therapy projects. But the field is booming now. It was evident on Tuesday night, Dec. 4, in the awarding of the Sanford Health Lorraine Cross Award worth $1 million.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A rural Ogema man has been arrested in the shooting death of a former Lake Park police chief who was traveling on a forest trail while hunting and was hit by a bullet in his vehicle. Morris Silas Dodd Jr. is in the Becker County Jail in Detroit Lakes on charges of second degree manslaughter and a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a release from Sheriff Todd Glander on Wednesday night, Nov. 28.