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Midterm elections are just two months away. Senators Heidi Heitkamp and Amy Klobuchar are vying for their seats, but in two very different places. One in a hotly contested race, the other in a fairly safe zone for her re-election. WDAY News sat down with the two for an exclusive interview on what they've worked on together, Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation vote, and how they're handling the final weeks before ballot day. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Heidi Heitkamp have worked together for years and can list off plenty of bills the two have worked on together.
Fargo, ND - Children across the metro will be able to take home new shoes tomorrow. For some, this will be their first pair to call their own. Dr. Emmanuel 'Manny' Ohonme left behind his home of Charlotte, North Carolina to get to Fargo, for a good cause. "To get here, I was actually happy to see the sunshine," says Dr. Ohonme. "We don't have to worry about any downpour or rain." Once Ohonme got off the plane from Hector International Airport, his real mission started: his work with his non-profit called Samaritan's Feet.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Thieves in lakes country are targeting boat owners, but the Becker County Sheriff's Office said most of the crimes are preventable. Four boats, three motors and one trailer have been stolen throughout the county since Aug. 1, said Sheriff Todd Glander.
Detroit Lakes, MN - A piano composer from Detroit Lakes turned on the Miss America pageant to hear her song on national TV. Miss Idaho Nina Forest played 'Rhapsody Brillante' on Sunday as part of her talent segment. The song was composed by Melody Bober, a composer and music teacher in Detroit Lakes, over 10 years ago.
FARGO — One company in the metro is making it their business to protect your children in the classroom.
FARGO—Senator Tina Smith is taking on big pharmaceutical companies to make your prescription drugs cheaper. Smith introduced the 'Affordable Medications Act' this week in Congress. It's a bill designed to hold the big pharma companies accountable. "The top 25 pharma companies have a profit margin of 20-percent," says Smith. "Compare that to the other companies on the Fortune 500 list, and their profit is a fraction of that."
FARGO - Preparations are still underway for Friday's Presidential visit to Fargo, but the City of Fargo is already concerned about the cost. Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney says he would like to seek reimbursement for the cost of Friday's visit because the event is not open to the public. Even though it's a private event, the city and area law enforcement are tasked with protecting the President.
VERGAS, Minn. - Law enforcement officers from across the state of Minnesota honored the life of a DNR conservation officer, killed during a farming accident last week. Hundreds of officers drove in the 8-mile long procession from Frazee to Vergus. The route went through the same area Kyle Quittschreiber planned to protect as a conservation officer with the Department of Natural Resources. Officers from across the state honored his life, including relatives who also wear the badge.
HUNTER, N.D.—An entire school is grieving the loss of a 20-year veteran of their building. Bennett Ohnstad was Northern Cass School's longtime custodian. He took a leave of absence last year to fight lung cancer, but was never able to return. Onstad died on Tuesday, just as the school year was beginning. Staff say he was someone always willing to go above and beyond for others.
Jamestown, ND - A swamp excavator is out of its usual habitat, working in the James River. It's a first of its kind project in North Dakota.