FARGO – The Diversion Authority’s board members voted unanimously to accept all recommendations from a task force and will submit a new permit application to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The expected vote, which came Friday, March 16, followed months of talks by task force members, appointed by the governors of Minnesota and North Dakota, aimed at coming up with an acceptable plan that would obtain a permit from the Minnesota DNR.
FARGO – Former North Dakota Gov. George Sinner has died. Sinner, 89, was the state’s 29th governor, serving two terms in the office from 1985 through 1992. He was the most recent Democratic-NPL governor in North Dakota.
MOORHEAD – Parents and a former student pleaded with school board members to address concerns of minority and immigrant families who complain their children are subjected to bullying, racial slurs and inattention from teachers and administrators. The concerns were heard Monday, Feb. 26, by the board of Moorhead Area Public Schools, in what some parents said were complaints they had previously made, in meetings and in writing, but said no action was taken.
FARGO -- Presidents have traveled to North Dakota to promise aid and comfort after disasters. They have come to tout their agendas and preside over ceremonies. They have come to stump for fellow politicians of their party. And sometimes, they just were passing through on their way to or from another destination. In all, 15 of 26 presidents came to North Dakota since the first trekked to northern Dakota Territory in September 1878, when President Rutherford B. Hayes came to Fargo.
BISMARCK – Roers Construction has filed a claim seeking $1.3 million from North Dakota State University for additional costs it incurred in meeting a deadline to finish a large science classroom building in time for a dedication ceremony. The claim, submitted in letters by the contractor presented to NDSU in June and July, concerns unforeseen costs for A. Glenn Hill Center, a $29.4 million classroom building for STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – instruction.
LAS VEGAS – Beau and Adrianne Flom and two other couples are devoted country music fans. All regularly attended WE Fest concerts together as a summer ritual. So it seemed natural that the three couples would travel together to attend the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a three-day celebration of country music near Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. “It was just a fun event,” Flom said, recalling their decision to attend.
WASHINGTON – Judge Ralph Erickson was in the midst of presiding over a murder trial when his law clerk sent him a message informing him that the U.S. Senate had confirmed his nomination to a federal appeals court. The Senate voted 95 to 1 on Thursday, Sept. 28, to confirm Erickson, a U.S. District Court judge in Fargo, to the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which is based in St. Louis and also hears cases in St. Paul.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. – Mark Hagerott, chancellor of the North Dakota University System, barely escaped an attempt by some members of the State Board of Higher Education to scrutinize his contract at a time when his office is in turmoil. In a deadlocked 4-4 vote on Thursday, Sept. 28, the board rejected a motion to hold a special meeting to discuss Hagerott’s contract in light of possible litigation.
FARGO – Heidi Heitkamp made it official by announcing she will seek a second term as U.S. Senator for North Dakota and portrayed herself as a centrist who can work across the aisle to solve problems. Heitkamp, D-N.D., made the announcement on Wednesday, Sept. 13, the morning after she was one of a handful of senators from both parties who dined with President Donald Trump at the White House to discuss tax reform and other issues.
GRAFTON, N.D. – Tom Campbell, a farmer and Republican state senator, will run for the seat held by U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. Campbell announced his decision Thursday, Aug. 16, becoming the first candidate of either party to declare for the seat Heitkamp won in 2012. Campbell, who had earlier mulled a run for governor, also launched a statewide advertising campaign.