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FERTILE, Minn. — Corey Hanson farms about 800 acres with his family in a town 13 miles southwest of Fertile, Minn., in Norman County, where he’s president of the County Soybean and Corn Growers Board. Not only does Hanson also serve in the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, but he’s a grower of the crop in addition to corn and wheat. It’s easy to conclude Hanson cares about soybeans. “It’s been kind of a trying year,” he said Wednesday, May 15. The ground out is still wet and Hanson said farmers are hoping for more warm and windy days to dry the soil.
GRAND FORKS — Standing in front of an aircraft that has had a presence in Grand Forks since 2011, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson told several members of Grand Forks Air Force Base on Saturday, May 11, they’re about to become even more familiar with the plane. According to Wilson, the Air Force intends to redesignate the 319th Air Base Wing in Grand Forks to become a reconnaissance wing in charge of the Air Force’s Global Hawk mission, relating to operations of the Air Force’s high-flying, unmanned drone for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance efforts.
GRAND FORKS - For Gov. Doug Burgum, the 2019 session of the North Dakota Legislature produced several successes and a few missed opportunities. Burgum discussed what he considers the highs and lows in Grand Forks on Thursday, May 2, shortly after signing the last 53 bills of the session. Most of those bills were appropriations-related, including $33 million to support development of an unmanned aerial systems sector throughout the state.
GRAND FORKS — Fourteen years after Grand Forks Air Force Base lost its last mission, the base soon may be responsible for operations dealing with the Global Hawk -- the high-flying, unmanned reconnaissance aircraft that fly globally to collect data for the Air Force. It’s a substantial move that officials in the community say should further ease concerns that the base will close in the foreseeable future. The Air Force is considering a redesignation of the 319th Air Base Wing to a reconnaissance wing, Grand Forks Air Force Base confirmed Tuesday, April 30.
BISMARCK -- Two bills pushed by Grand Forks legislators that improve life for the state’s military community are officially law after being signed by Gov. Doug Burgum. That includes Senate Bill 2306 from Sen. Scott Meyer to create licensing reciprocity for eligible trailing spouses of military personnel, along with House Bill 1053 from Rep. Steve Vetter to reduce income taxes for veterans. Meyer and Vetter are both Republicans serving District 18, which encompasses downtown Grand Forks and a chunk of Grand Forks Air Force Base.
BISMARCK — Cities and counties have the ability to raise fines for local speed limit violations after North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signed a bill Wednesday, April 17, allowing them to do so. Senate Bill 2304, sponsored by Sen. Erin Oban, D-Bismarck, allows the new rule, but it also restricts fee-raising ability to twice the state’s levels after an amendment from the state House of Representatives in March that was approved last week by the Senate.
GRAND FORKS -- U.S. lawmakers serving North Dakota and Minnesota followed party lines in their reactions to a report the Department of Justice received Friday, March 22, regarding allegations of collusion between President Trump and the Russian government during the 2016 election. The report from special counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed nearly 22 months ago, went to U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Friday. The report has yet to be seen or reviewed by anyone outside Barr’s agency.
BISMARCK — North Dakota cities and counties could soon have the ability to impose their own fines for local speed limit violations, thanks to a bill the state House of Representatives passed 58-33 on Wednesday, March 20. Senate Bill 2304, from Sen. Erin Oban, D-Bismarck, gives local governments limited authority to create an ordinance and establish a fine for noncriminal moving violations in their jurisdictions.
Three North Dakota military construction projects could lose funding, according to a list from the Department of Defense that mentions potentially diverting the funds to the construction of a southern border wall. A $66 million project to build a helicopter facility at Minot Air Force Base, a $27 million firing range and a $32 million National Guard Readiness Center in Fargo for the National Guard Army Reserve are among roughly 400 projects on the list. If completed, the cuts would free up almost $12.8 billion to build a wall.
U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., one of several members of Congress on Wednesday, Feb. 27, to hear from former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, joined his Republican colleagues on the House Oversight and Reform Committee in attacking Cohen’s credibility.