WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it can’t extend today’s crop insurance planting deadline for corn growers despite wet spring delays in North Dakota crop planting. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., requested the extension earlier this week and asked the USDA to consider moving back spring planting dates in upcoming years. The USDA’s Risk Management Agency says it’s prohibited by federal regulations from changing the deadline set for most North Dakota counties. “We knew that it was a long shot,” Heitkamp said Friday.
FARGO — Sex and human trafficking is occurring across North Dakota. It’s being fueled by a pipeline running from Mexico straight up Interstate 29, U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., told those attending a Fargo training session Friday on identifying and combating the issue. “People on the ground that do this every day, whether it’s law enforcement or service providers, know it’s a growing problem,” Heitkamp said.
WEST FARGO — As schools begin implementing new national K-12 learning standards for English and math, opponents continue to criticize the move, calling it an attempt to usurp local control. School leaders say Common Core, a 2010 initiative establishing consistent grade-by-grade learning standards for students, better prepares them for college and employment success. Student testing or assessments using those standards begins in 2015. Opponents say the initiative isn’t necessary.