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GRAND FORKS—Although the air remains relatively clean in North Dakota and Minnesota, according to each state's division of air quality, the organizations have shifted their concern to smoke from wildfires in the western United States and Canada during the past couple of years.
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.
GRAND FORKS — After President Donald Trump accepted Scott Pruitt's resignation as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Thursday afternoon, July 5, regional lawmakers shared differing views online about the agency's role and future. U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., running for U.S. Senate against Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said in a statement Pruitt "sought balance in carrying out the mission of environmental protection while looking out for our economy and job creation."
CROOKSTON, Minn.—U.S. House Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., has been on a road trip across Minnesota, reaching beyond his district in Minneapolis to connect with voters all over the state, as part of his campaign for attorney general. "I know Minneapolis," Ellison said in an interview in Crookston on Thursday. "I don't need to stay in Minneapolis, I need to get out state. ... You can't ask somebody to support you if they don't know you."
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.
As officials from both sides of the aisle spoke up on the policy of separating children from parents attempting to illegally cross the U.S. border, lawmakers from North Dakota and Minnesota have added their voices to the debate. While more Republicans, including former first lady Laura Bush, have criticized the policy, Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., said border security needed to be improved to discourage immigrants from entering the U.S.