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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A candidate for North Dakota superintendent of public instruction wrote about the Holocaust and suggested President Barack Obama produced "forged paperwork" related to his birth in social media posts last year. Joseph Chiang, a teacher at Four Winds High School in Fort Totten, N.D., wrote about religion and prayer in an Aug. 9 LinkedIn post titled, "God WILL Heal!?" The final paragraph of the post argued that we "cannot see the results of what we ask, but God can," and said God once answered prayers to heal a "sickly Austrian boy," Adolf Hitler.
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments today on North Dakota and Minnesota drunk driving cases that could have broader implications for how states deter that crime.
GRAND FORKS—Republican candidates have seen success at the ballot box in areas that have experienced shale energy booms, a University of Pennsylvania professor said in a presentation on the University of North Dakota campus Monday.
GRAND FORKS — Despite a defeat at the North Dakota Republican Convention over the weekend, Fargo businessman Doug Burgum’s struck a positive tone Tuesday. “We feel great about it,” he...
FARGO -- In his Saturday speech to hundreds of North Dakota Republicans, Ted Cruz said he is the only candidate who could beat Democrat Hillary Clinton in a general election. The Texas senator and Republican presidential candidate hit on familiar campaign issues in the keynote address at the North Dakota Republican Convention in Fargo. Cruz said he would repeal "every word" of the Affordable Care Act, reign in the Environmental Protection Agency and abolish the Internal Revenue Service.
FARGO—For Scott Meyer, the prospect of an open governor's race in North Dakota was an exciting one. Meyer, who runs a mortgage business in Grand Forks and is running as a Republican for the state Legislature, wanted to be part of the process to select the state's next leader. But he's finding out it's difficult to choose one. "I think all three are fantastic candidates," Meyer said Friday. "I'm really looking forward to hearing from them."
GRAND FORKS—A new survey shows three-fourths of Canadian travelers visit the Grand Forks area less often because of an unfavorable exchange rate. The survey results, which were released by the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau Wednesday, help underline the Grand Forks business community's worries over fewer Canadians in local hotels, restaurants and shops. Seventy-six percent of respondents to the annual survey said the exchange rate means they visit Greater Grand Forks less often, compared with 63 percent who said the same thing last year.
GRAND FORKS—Heather Nelson is well-versed in the arguments over electronic cigarettes. Armed with a stack of printed news clippings behind the glass counter at her Grand Forks shop, SnG Vapor, she's adamant that the products her business sells helps smokers quit traditional cigarettes. But Nelson worries that a proposed tax in North Dakota will harm her business and present an obstacle for those looking to stop smoking. "I don't think it's fair to boost the tax on something that's actually helping them," she said.
GRAND FORKS—The Democratic candidates for the top jobs in North Dakota government criticized Republican leadership and argued for more balanced representation Wednesday during a Grand Forks campaign stop. The event marked the launch of state Sen. Joan Heckaman's bid for lieutenant governor, which comes a week after Rep. Marvin Nelson, D-Rolla, announced he would run for governor.
GRAND FORKS—The chairwoman of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party criticized Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., Monday for his stance on recent violence at Donald Trump rallies. Kylie Oversen, who also is a state representative from Grand Forks, said Cramer's "recent statement trying to shift the blame for violence at Donald Trump's rallies is appalling and nonsensical." Trump, the current frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, canceled a rally Friday in Chicago after fights broke out between protesters and the candidate's supporters.