North Dakota Democrats are denouncing Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer's recent vote to reduce spending on the food stamp program and using the controversy to spur recruiting of a candidate to run against him in 2014.
Numbers won't be anything like they were in the immigration era, but Norwegians -- a good many of them -- are on their way to Grand Forks. Cindy Dahl is ready to welcome them. About 50 people are coming from Sarpsborg, Grand Forks' sister city in Norway, including members of a male choir who will perform a public concert tonight.
The letters that once spelled out "Home of the Fighting Sioux" atop Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks now light up the evening sky outside a rural home near Pisek, N.D. They shine green now, not white. Mike Dvorak, who farms near Pisek, had the same company that installed the letters on REA and then removed them last spring put them up on a fence behind a new house that he and his wife, Sally, are building just off state Highway 18. "They knew what they were doing," Dvorak said of the Indigo Sign Co. crew. "My wife and I helped, and we had a good time.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Roger Yankton Sr. has withdrawn his lawsuit in U.S. District Court seeking relief from a restraining order that had been issued against him by the Spirit Lake Tribal Court. The former tribal chairman had alleged the Aug.
UND's new College of Arts and Sciences dean has asked organizers of the UND Writers Conference to come up with a long-term funding plan or consider scaling back or even ending the annual spring event, which for more than four decades has brought students, faculty and townspeople together with literary giants. "It is an important conference, important not only to our internal UND community but also to the wider Grand Forks community," Dean Debbie Storrs said Tuesday. "We'd love to see it continue with the same quality of authors.
It's Friday the 13th, so you may be one of millions of Americans who will approach this day with fear and trepidation -- or maybe not approach it at all, choosing instead to pull the bed covers over your head and refuse all invitations involving dinner, travel, marriage or other risky behavior. Why? One origin theory for the number 13's unhappy reputation comes out of Old Norse mythology, with Loki the trickster crashing a dinner party attended by 12 other gods and killing one with a spear of mistletoe (which apparently didn't much damage mistletoe's image).
As the nation debates how to respond to the deadly use of chemical weapons in Syria, Larry Aasen finds himself thinking about one of the last Americans who died as a result of a chemical weapons attack: his uncle Oliver Brenden, a farm boy from near Hillsboro, N.D., stricken by mustard gas nearly a century ago in the waning days of World War I. Brenden came home, but he received little medical care as he suffered and despaired for two years in a small bedroom at the farm home. "He could not help his dad or his brothers with the harvest," Aasen said.
The witness, a UND professor of marketing who had mentored a new, young professor of French for three years, listened as an attorney read through a series of accusations that had been made against the younger woman, his client. She had slammed doors. She had argued with colleagues and shown a lack of collegiality by promoting her classes and "competing" for advisees.
An appeals court has vacated a Spirit Lake Tribal Court order reinstating Roger Yankton Sr. as tribal chairman, and jubilant opponents of the former leader predicted the long power struggle is over. "This is it," said Erich Longie, a Spirit Lake elder and organizer of a petition drive to oust Yankton, who was elected chairman in early 2012.
Members of the Spirit Lake Tribal Council have asked a federal court to throw out a lawsuit brought last month by Roger Yankton Sr., who seeks to regain his position as chairman of the tribe. In a motion to dismiss filed this week in U.S. District Court in Grand Forks, they argue that tribal sovereignty "precludes the exercise of ... jurisdiction (by the court) over the named defendants." They also note that Yankton "has failed to exhaust tribal remedies" or "state a cause of action for which relief can be granted." In his lawsuit, filed Aug.