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GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Though the Upper Midwest—and North Dakota especially—is now home to an abundance of agricultural products, few of the major crops grown commercially here actually originated in North American soil. Before European settlement, much of the region's landscape was typical to the plains and prairie. Tall grasses dominated the ecosystem while trees rose up near rivers, lakes and other surface waters before giving way to forests farther east.
ST. PAUL - Bernie Sanders returns to Minnesota Tuesday, Oct. 4, for the first time since he won the state's Democratic presidential precinct caucus vote in March. He will be in Minneapolis and Duluth to support Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in "stronger together" rallies.
GRAND FORKS — Kathy Klath had spent 18 years in the insurance and investments industry before she decided to open her own business. Now more than a year into owning Mainstream Boutique near the Columbia Mall in Grand Forks, Klath cited her father's entrepreneurial spirit as one of her inspirations. "I feel like it was kind of in my blood," she said. Klath is among a growing number of women who own their own businesses in North Dakota and across the country.
WASHINGTON - The Federal Railroad Administration has identified potential flaws in some DOT-111 tank cars that carry crude oil and other hazardous liquids and is asking owners to take immediate action. The FRA said it has identified potential defects in a small portion of the U.S. tank car fleet manufactured by American Railcar Industries and ACF Industries between 2009 and 2015 that could cause leaks of hazardous liquids. The potential flaws are in the welds at the bottom of the tank car that don't meet federal safety regulations or industry specifications, the agency said.
MINNEAPOLIS — Two teens and an adult male are dead after a shooting inside a Minneapolis apartment building on Friday, Sept. 30. A fourth victim, an adult woman, has been...
MINOT, N.D.—A potential threat by a student Wednesday involving Minot's Ramstad Middle School had police scrambling late into the night, but so far it hasn't had any validity, although Minot police are on alert. Police Investigations Capt. John Klug said the police received information about the threat earlier Wednesday night and several officers "investigated as thoroughly as possible." "The threat was made by one student and was very specific, but the investigation was not able to immediately verify any of the information originally given," Klug said.
CANNON BALL, N.D. — More than 90 scientists have signed a letter to the journal Science expressing concerns that the Dakota Access Pipeline threatens biodiversity and clean water. The signatories say the 1,172-mile pipeline could have large negative impacts on for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and others downstream of the pipeline. The letter supports halting pipeline construction until more a more rigorous evaluation of the pipeline's potential environmental and cultural impacts is conducted.
RAPID CITY, S.D.—A Rapid City grandmother has been indicted and entered a not guilty plea to charges involving the death of a 2-year-old grandchild in Porcupine on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.. Sonya Dubray, 47, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of accessory to first-degree murder, tampering with evidence, false statement and misprison of a felony. She entered her plea Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann. She faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years if convicted.
MANDAN, N.D. — The Morton County Sheriff's Department said Thursday an aircraft spraying in the vicinity of pipeline protesters was a private crop duster spraying a non-toxic solution and was not an attempt by authorities to disperse protesters. The aircraft, which can be seen in photos and videos posted to social media, was an agricultural spray plane flying to a field to apply a product on Wednesday, the sheriff's department said.
BIG LAKE — A man was struck and killed by a BNSF Railway Co. train at about 6:10 p.m. Wednesday at Minnesota Highway 25/Lake Street in Big Lake, Amy McBeth, regional director of public affairs, confirmed by email. Cody Haberman, 24, of Big Lake, was the pedestrian killed, Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott said. The incident remains under investigation.