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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- North Dakota’s all-Republican congressional delegation is split on measures to oppose easing sanctions on three Russian companies. Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer voted Wednesday, Jan. 16, against a Senate resolution to maintain the sanctions, while Rep. Kelly Armstrong was among 136 Republicans who voted Thursday in favor of a similar Democratic-backed effort in House.
BISMARCK — North Dakota lawmakers have introduced a bill to increase liability limits for political subdivisions in the event one is found at fault for damage or harm. Bill sponsors say current limits aren’t enough to cover hospital charges and other damages, while state officials dealing with insurance say raising limits could lead to higher premiums for city and county governments.
GRAND FORKS - Former Grand Forks County State's Attorney Peter Welte has been nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as U.S. District Court Judge for North Dakota. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., announced the nomination Wednesday afternoon. Welte would replace Judge Ralph Erickson, who was appointed to serve on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2018. Welte is currently working for the Vogel Law Firm's Grand Forks office in criminal defense and agricultural law. Up until 2015, Welte had served as state's attorney for 13 years.
GRAND FORKS — A Grand Forks legislator is bringing back a bill from 2017 to raise speed limits by 5 miles per hour on certain highways in the state. Rep. Jake Blum, R-Grand Forks, is the primary sponsor of a bill to change speed limits on multi-lane highways from 70 mph to 75 mph and on interstates from 75 mph to 80 mph. There were two versions of a speed limit bill in 2017. One bill was sponsored by former Sen. Lonnie Laffen, R-Grand Forks, and the other was sponsored by state Rep. Ben Koppelman, R-West Fargo.
GRAND FORKS — The city of Grand Forks decided on Monday, Dec. 3, to join more than 1,000 other parties across the country in multidistrict litigation against opioid distributors and manufacturers for damages to their communities. City Council members voted unanimously to work with Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, one of two law firms the city and Grand Forks County heard from this year.
GRAND FORKS -- Not only does Grand Forks Air Force Base have a place in the national defense plan, but it also has a spot in the community, Col. Ben Spencer said Tuesday. Air Force personnel, city leaders, state legislators and community members filled a banquet room Tuesday morning, Nov. 13, at the Ramada Inn for the Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the Base address.
GRAND FORKS -- Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Grand Forks Wednesday was divided between an appreciative audience of Air Force personnel, but then agricultural leaders who are upset and concerned about their industry. After his arrival at Grand Forks Air Force Base, Pence attended a fundraiser at the Hilton Garden Inn for Senate candidate Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.