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GRAND FORKS -- Vice President Mike Pence will visit Grand Forks July 25, according to tweets and comments Thursday by Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., though additional details about a visit were scant. Cramer tweeted a picture of himself and his wife, Kris, with Pence, around noon, telling the city to “get ready” for a visitor. A second tweet said “July 25th will be a memorable day for Grand Forks.” Cramer later said Pence would attend a fundraiser for him July 25. Tim Rasmussen, a spokesman for Cramer’s campaign to unseat Sen.
Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown will endorse U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., in her 2018 campaign against U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. In all of his leadership positions, Brown said Wednesday afternoon -- even citing his time with the U.S. Air Force and even the Boy Scouts -- he has always valued an “independent voice.” “And I’ve found Heidi fills that value,” he added. “I’ve always found her to be informed, and engaged.”
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. senators are already picking sides after President Donald Trump announced his Supreme Court nominee Monday night, July 9. Trump will nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who serves on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy. Republicans have a 51-49 majority in the Senate, but with the fear Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., might not make the vote due his battle with brain cancer, the GOP might need some Democrats to cross party lines.
U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., was one of eight Republican lawmakers in Moscow earlier this week and for the Fourth of July. Hoeven and his colleagues met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday, July 3, according to a report from Radio Free Europe. The same report said the legislators also met with Georgy Poltavchenko, governor of St. Petersburg the day before.
GRAND FORKS—When the Grand Forks Police Department started using body cameras in 2015, it was one of the first departments in the state of North Dakota to do so. Now that body cameras are becoming the new norm across the country, Police Lt. Derik Zimmel said his department stands out in a different way—it's one of few agencies in the U.S. that takes charge of its own storage.
While her opponent spent Wednesday night with President Donald Trump at the Scheels Arena, U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., was in Washington, tweeting her meetings with North Dakota Presidential Scholars and a state representative from the National Biodiesel Board. In regards to the president's rally endorsing U.S. House Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., and his run for Senate, Heitkamp said she "didn't even watch the speech."
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., might join several other Republican senators on a trip to Moscow organized by U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman. Hoeven's office emphasized plans are only in the early stages. A statement from his office Monday afternoon said the senator "may" travel to Russia, adding "the details are still being worked out." Huntsman is also considering Sens. Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala., and John Neely Kennedy, R-La., according to the Washington Post.
GRAND FORKS—Austin Langley is a grain farmer and cattle rancher in Warwick, N.D., about 95 miles west of Grand Forks. After graduating from North Dakota State University with a degree in agricultural economics, Langley and his wife started a farm. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency, the Langleys are "beginning farmers" with less than five crop years, meaning they don't qualify for average crop insurance rates yet.