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GRAND FORKS - Of North Dakota’s 4,355 bridges, 10.8% have been deemed “structurally deficient,” according to a report from a national trade organization. That’s the 10th-highest percentage in the country, according to the report issued by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association. In Minnesota, 5% of its more than 13,358 bridges were deemed structurally deficient, according to the ARTBA report. That equates to 668 bridges, down from 802 in 2014, the report stated.
Nearly 20,000 North Dakotans enrolled in the state’s Medicaid expansion stand to lose health insurance coverage if the Affordable Care Act is thrown out. According to data from the North Dakota Department of Human Services, 19,542 residents have been enrolled in the Medicaid expansion as of December 2018. North Dakota was one of several states to expand Medicaid access under the ACA.
GRAND FORKS — About a dozen eighth graders gathered around four small quadcopters in a Valley Middle School classroom Thursday, March 21. Four students grabbed the drones’ remote controls and began piloting them on a dizzying course around the room. As the small machines made their way through hoops attached to the ceiling, they hit a few stumbling blocks. Some crashed into walls or desks. Some narrowly missed students’ heads.
WASHINGTON — After the Senate on Thursday, March 14, voted to reject President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration, U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., released statements opposing the move. Twelve Republican senators joined all Senate Democrats in passing a resolution disapproving the president’s emergency declaration issued in February. Trump, describing the situation as a “humanitarian crisis,” had declared the emergency to get funding for a southern border wall with Mexico.
GRAND FORKS — After a slight dip in the 2015-16 school year, North Dakota’s four-year graduation rate for high schoolers grew last school year, according to data from the state’s Department of Public Instruction. In the 2015-2016 school year, the state reported a four-year graduation rate of 87.3 percent, which dropped to 87 percent the following year, the DPI reported. For the 2017-18 school year, 88 percent of North Dakota high schoolers graduated in four years.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — North Dakota is home to three organizations identified as hate groups, according to a recent report from advocacy group Southern Poverty Law Center. Two international groups — the Asatru Folk Assembly and the Soldiers of Odin — have established chapters in the state. The California-based American Freedom Party also has a presence. Minnesota, which has a population about seven times that of North Dakota, is home to 12 active hate groups, including Asatru and the far-right group Proud Boys, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s analysis.
GRAND FORKS -- The course of true love never does run smoothly or, apparently, through Grand Forks and Polk counties. That is if the number of marriages registered in each county is any indication of “true love.”
THOMPSON, N.D. — Though he was adopted, Steve Drees never felt the impulse to find his biological parents. After he had open heart surgery in March, though, he found himself yearning to learn about more about his origins. For Father’s Day, his daughters bought him a genetic testing kit, a gift that’s helped Drees piece together his past. He learned, for instance, that heart disease runs in his family. The kit, sold by DNA testing company 23andMe, came with a note from his daughters: “So you can find out where you came from.”
BISMARCK - Gov. Doug Burgum indicated a willingness on Friday to consider granting waivers on a case-by-case basis for school districts that have canceled school because of severe winter storms and dangerously cold temperatures in recent weeks, provided certain criteria are met. Under state law, if a school must close because of weather or other emergency situations, the district “shall make every effort to reschedule the remaining classes, so that students receive at least the number of full instructional days required.”
GRAND FORKS — Several Midwestern states logged record-breaking low temperatures this week, but climate experts say the overall global temperature still is on the rise. Parts of Minnesota and North Dakota saw temperatures well below minus 30 this week, and nearby states even logged multiple weather-related deaths, USA Today reported Thursday . “What the hell is going on with global (warming)?” President Donald Trump https://twitter.com