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FARGO—Former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan is bashing a national lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act North Dakota is involved in. North Dakota is one of 21 states to join a lawsuit aiming to throw out large parts of the Affordable Care Act. Dorgan is working with Dakotans for Health, saying the lawsuit is a bad idea. He says tens of thousands of North Dakotans could lose access to affordable health coverage if the lawsuit is successful.
OTTER TAIL COUNTY Minn. -- New details have emerged in a murder case near Pelican Rapids. Police say 25-year-old Jordan Dalman shot his own roommate multiple times before burying him in a 10-foot pit. Dalman is charged with second-degree murder. He is being held in the Otter Tail County Jail on a $1 million bond. Dalman, along with his parents, told the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office on Friday, Sept. 21 about an incident at his home. Dalman told deputies his roommate died during a fight between the two.
Supporters of legal recreational marijuana in North Dakota are getting backers from Washington. The director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws is asking North Dakota voters to say yes to Measure 3 this November.
FARGO—NDSU's State of the University address had a pep-talk feel, as the university's president discussed the school's health. President Dean Bresciani talked about the need for more investment in research. He explained how, despite cuts in state funding, NDSU got massive boosts in private gifts. Bresciani then touched on how active learning can be better than lectures. He also says despite early retirements and instructor cuts the university still has a strong faculty base.
FARGO — Thursday marks 4 years since the tragic killing of North Dakota State University freshman Tom Bearson. More than 1,400 days after the 18-year-old's life was taken, there are many questions left unanswered. Tom Bearson should have graduated from NDSU last spring. He should be a new nurse at a hospital somewhere, maybe near his hometown of Sartell, Minn.
FARGO — Soybean harvest has started in North Dakota, and with a shortage of storage space, many farmers are looking at the possibility of having to make room and hope for the best. According to Dr. Ken Hellevang of NDSU Extension, there will likely be shortage of bin space after harvest, meaning some will have to look for alternative storage. "(Farmers) are looking into piling with covers, some will go into buildings," Dr. Ken Hellevang NDSU Extension Ag Engineer says.
METRO—Local realtors learned about self-defense on the job, including a lesson on using guns. Berkshire Hathaway, a realty agency in Fargo, invited realtors to a class about personal safety. Realtors often find themselves alone with strangers in unfamiliar places. A personal defense expert taught the class how to react appropriately to threats, including what sort of force is legal to use. Realtors learned about using tasers, alarms, and even guns. The instructor says when it comes to self-defense, being alert is more important than anything else.
GRAND FORKS - A team of UND grad students capped off a year-long, NASA-Sponsored experiment near Barnesville Friday. According to the team, their work could be important when it comes to humans surviving space travel. Occasionally, some of the smallest things, are also some of the greatest. "That little cloud you can see is a microbe," says Dinonauts Lead Scientist Laura Banken, as she points to a beaker full of tiny organisms. The creatures are called Dinoflagellates. They are small plankton, which light up when shaken.
Minnesota and North Dakota are two of the happiest states in the country, long winters and all. The two states have the honors of ranking 3rd and 4th in a list compiled by Wallethub, a data analysis website. The upper midwest scored high in general, with six states in the top 11. Minnesota and North Dakota ranked very high in job-related categories, including income growth and unemployment.
MOORHEAD -- 75 people are new U.S. citizens after a swearing-in ceremony. The new citizens originate from 28 different countries, but each one can now call the USA home. Friends and family watched as the 75 took their oaths. The road to citizenship is a long one.