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GRAND FORKS — After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than twice as many pregnancy-related deaths in 2014 than it did in 1987, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., discussed possible solutions Friday, Sept. 21, in Grand Forks with state pregnancy experts and mothers. "We're the only developed country in the world where we see an increase," said Heitkamp.
FARGO—With less than two months until Election Day, three candidates vying for North Dakota's only U.S. House seat met for a fourth debate Wednesday. State Sen. Kelly Armstrong, R-Dickinson, former State Sen. Mac Schneider, D-Grand Forks, and unendorsed candidate Charles Tuttle of Minot were all on KFGO Radio this morning, where the hottest issues included agriculture, an effort to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota and the president's U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
GRAND FORKS — Even as other states and the federal government take a closer look at regulating e-cigarettes, North Dakota still doesn't officially consider them taxable tobacco products. An anti-tobacco group in the state hopes to change that next year. In 2015, the state Legislature passed a law prohibiting minors from having or purchasing e-cigarettes and all other electronic smoking devices. The same law also required that liquid nicotine come in child-resistant packaging.
GRAND FORKS -- A drone at King's Walk Golf Course in Grand Forks dropped off its first commercial deliveries Saturday, Sept. 15. Earlier this month, drone company Flytrex, drone service EASE Drones and the golf course announced they had launched the drone’s first pilot flight, making Kings Walk the first U.S. golf course to offer drone deliveries.
GRAND FORKS — It's already difficult for Curt Kirking, co-owner of Cavalier Bean Co., to catch his breath during harvest season. This year, Kirking has been even more busy figuring out how he and other nearby agriculture companies can repair the railroad bridge they rely on for shipping, which they lost to a grass fire late June. Kirking said he has spent "hours and hours on the phone" and sent "hundreds of texts and emails," but he was proud to announce construction starts Wednesday.
WALHALLA, N.D.—The Pembina Gorge Foundation is again applying for an Outdoor Heritage Fund grant, this time for $865,000 to help add a downhill mountain bike trails and a wildlife observation point. In total, the projects will cost more than $1.7 million, according to an estimate from Kristi Wilfahrt, the foundation's interim director. The Outdoor Fund turned down a Pembina Gorge application this summer for $1.3 million, as part of the foundation's $6.2 million Fire-up 4 Frost Fire campaign to replace a nearly $1.9 million chairlift.
GRAND FORKS—The National Weather Service office in Grand Forks apologized Wednesday for an "atypical" tweet attacking former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The Twitter account for the weather service in Grand Forks called Romney a "fraud" about 11:50 a.m. in response to an earlier tweet from Romney. "Speak to the Justice System's handling of Clinton/Obama et al," the tweet said. "These people are inconsequential vestiges. You phony."
GRAND FORKS—U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson joined local and state officials to celebrate something "ironic" in the words of Tom Swoyer Jr., president of Grand Sky, a commercial testing site for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at Grand Forks Air Force Base. "It's a certain irony in what we're doing here today," Swoyer said, "and that irony is that we can't see a plane."
GRAND FORKS — As a new online conspiracy theory saturates national news media, local officials and others say it's just new twist on an old phenomenon. With QAnon, several theories have coalesced, including allegations of Democrat-run pedophile rings, the suggestion special counsel Robert Mueller and President Donald Trump are working together to arrest high-profile Democrats, and claims the Russia investigation, along with several Republican congressional losses, are all just fronts to cover Trump's war with a "deep state."
GRAND FORKS—Grand Sky Development Co. President Tom Swoyer, Jr. said he and other leaders have essentially built a local unmanned aircraft industry from scratch. "That was raw land with nothing else on it except an old alert pad," Swoyer said of Grand Sky, a 217-acre business park west of Grand Forks dedicated to unmanned aircraft development. Swoyer said this in between two recent high profile visits from the secretary of Homeland Security earlier this month and another from the secretary of the U.S. Air Force Monday, Aug. 13.