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December 13, 2017
The lights from the North Dakota state Christmas Tree glow against the backdrop of the gold colored columns in Memorial Hall inside the state Capitol in Bismarck on Wednesday, Dec. 13. During a public ceremony on Tuesday evening, Gov. Doug Burgum and first lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum officially flipped the switch to light the tree. The artificial tree is filled with 331 donated handmade ornaments made by children, artists and craftspeople from across the state.  Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune
North Dakota state Christmas Tree
7 hours 9 min ago
Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith talks to reporters, with Gov. Mark Dayton watching, just after Dayton said on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, that he would appoint her to the U.S. Senate seat to be vacated by Al Franken. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Smith praised by Minnesota delegation members
8 hours 48 min ago
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton
Dayton: Closing Lancaster, Roseau ports early puts federal convenience ahead of people's needs
10 hours 35 min ago
Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith tells reporters on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, that she will run for U.S. Senate after her nearly year-long appointment ends next year. Don Davis / Forum News Service
'No one I trust more' than Lt. Gov. Smith in U.S.Senate, Dayton says
10 hours 53 min ago
Gov. Doug Burgum at an addiction program earlier this year.  Forum News Service file photo
ND launches ad campaign to reduce stigma of addiction
11 hours 9 min ago
Minnesota Senate President Michelle Fischbach of Paynesville says on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, that she will remain in the Senate when she takes over Lt. Gov. Tina Smith's job. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Grandchildren's pictures could mediate potential constitutional conflict
11 hours 49 min ago
Republicans reach compromise plan on taxes, expanding tax cuts for the wealthy
14 hours 59 min ago
Omarosa Manigault, pictured in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in February, will leave her White House post on Jan. 20. Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford
Former 'Apprentice' star Omarosa Manigault Newman to leave White House
16 hours 41 min ago
Doug Jones stands for a photograph Tuesday with voters outside a polling location in Bessemer, Ala. Jones won his bid for the U.S. Senate. Nicole Craine / Bloomberg
Analysis: Doug Jones victory in Alabama will likely speed up Republican tax train
19 hours 33 min ago
Doug Jones speaks at a campaign rally in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday night, Dec. 11, 2017. Alabama voters went to the polls Tuesday, Dec. 12, to decide between Jones, a Democrat, and Roy Moore, a Republican, in a special Senate election that is destined to be remembered as one of the strangest and ugliest campaigns ever held in a state not lacking in unsightly politics. (Bob Miller/Copyright 2017 The New York Times)
As Democrats add Senate seat, GOP left to bicker over what happened in Alabama
19 hours 40 min ago
December 12, 2017
Sen. Al Franken. File photo / Forum News Service
UPDATE: Dayton to name Franken replacement for Senate on Wednesday
December 12, 2017 - 7:53pm
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, from left, N.D. Gov. Doug Burgum and Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams listen to Minn. hydrologist Suzanne Jiwani during a diversion task force meeting Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, at the Fargodome.
 Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
Flood diversion task force finds common ground in some, not all cases
December 12, 2017 - 6:24am
December 11, 2017
Grand Forks Public Health director Deborah Swanson, right, meets with  Michael Dulitz, center, a specified opiate response project coordinator, and Curtis Scanson, left, social detox coordinator. They have been brought on board to oversee the county's response to substance abuse. They now fill roles that likely would not have existed at the public health center of a generation ago. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service
Healthy questions: For measuring region's health outcomes, questions are complicated
December 11, 2017 - 9:00am
December 9, 2017
Emma Steger, chair of the District 45 Democratic Non-Partisan League, protests the potential reversal of net neutrality Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in front of the Fargo office of Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.
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'Net neutrality' is likely to be rolled back: What it means for you
December 9, 2017 - 6:01am
Moorhead taking applications for home improvement loans
December 9, 2017 - 2:21am