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Shortly after celebrating the passage of a bipartisan bill to keep the government open for the rest of the fiscal year, North Dakota and Minnesota members of Congress released statements on news of a national emergency. Almost immediately following the $22.5 billion budget agreement for border security, President Donald Trump announced his intentions of declaring a national emergency to bypass congressional approval and spend billions more on a southern border wall. Reaction for lawmakers split along party lines.
Law enforcement had to close a section of North Dakota Highway 200 Friday afternoon to arrest a suspect who refused to leave his car, shortly after fleeing from Traill County Sheriff's deputies at 115 mph, according to a news release. Deputies said they were trying to pull over a 2016 Chrysler 200 on the highway shortly after 11:35 a.m. Friday. A news release from their department said the officers suspected the vehicle was driven by Brandon S. Morris, who is wanted on warrants from Traill and Cass counties.
DEVILS LAKE—A site along U.S. Highway 2 where 16 cattle died on Monday could soon host a new billboard from an organization that advocates for animal rights by way of meat-free diets. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, announced Thursday its plans to place a sign along Highway 2, about 3 miles west of Devils Lake, to honor the animals that died when a livestock trailer overturned this week and killed roughly a fifth of the cattle being transported.
Grand Forks Police are sharing photos of a "person of interest" in a local case of counterfeit money this week. Police learned of fake $100 bills circulating the region after receiving reports from several area businesses, according to a news release Tuesday. The bills looked and felt similar to real money, the release said, except for two unusual symbols on the front. The Police Department had received 10 reports of counterfeit money by Thursday, according to Lt. Brett Johnson.
A bill to increase speed limits on North Dakota multilane highways failed Wednesday in the state House. Representatives voted 46-46 to shoot down the proposal from Rep. Jake Blum, a Republican from Grand Forks. Under the state constitution, passage of a bill requires a majority of the members elected to the house, meaning the proposal was just two votes short of passing. The constitution would also allow an absent legislator to request the House to reconsider the bill.
While discussing on Tuesday ways the city could update local ordinances regarding unconventional vehicles, the East Grand Forks City Council weighed potential impacts such changes could have on law enforcement and administration. Council members and staff agreed they would ultimately like an ordinance that's easy to enforce and all-encompassing when it comes to vehicle variety. A roughly 23-year-old ordinance regarding ATVs only allows the vehicles for commercial use off of public roads.
In his 17th annual State of the City, Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown described a community eager for growth. "Grand Forks is at a point where the right steps forward with solid infrastructure, key investments, a focus on innovation and a commitment to inclusion will set the course for a historic period of development and opportunity," Brown said Wednesday at the event, hosted by the area Chamber. "Grand Forks has momentum. If we are bold enough to act and we attend to the details, we'll accelerate this momentum." 'Billion-dollar boom'
Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown will present his 17th State of the City address to the public after lunch at the Alerus center today at noon.
Nearly a month after the East Grand Forks City Council denied a motion to receive cost estimates from contractors to improve a city-owned lot by the VFW, city staff returned on Tuesday with a new motion to reopen the same discussion. Council members ultimately voted down an attempt to pave the gravel lot at the corner of DeMers Avenue and Fourth Street Northwest in September after receiving quotes about 32 percent higher than the city engineer's estimate.
After a youth hockey player had his throat slashed in an accident during practice at a Fargo Park District rink on Monday, Grand Forks rink and hockey officials say they're prepared to handle most medical emergencies. There are about three full-time athletic trainers from Altru Health System who are present for high school boys and girls hockey in the Grand Forks area, according to Altru's supervisor of athletic training, Jeff Bjerke. Athletic trainers also help with local youth hockey and several other sports in the area.