1. Biden romps in early Super Tuesday presidential contests

From the Washington Post via Forum News Service

Joe Biden won a cascade of victories as the first of 14 states released results Tuesday night, with voters in Virginia, North Carolina and Alabama giving him an immediate boost as he sought to seize control of the Democratic presidential race and overtake Sen. Bernie Sanders as the delegate leader.

While Sanders easily won his home state, Vermont, the states across the South offered an early confirmation that Biden's win just three days earlier in South Carolina had swiftly and dramatically reshaped the presidential contest.

Sanders just days ago appeared to be en route to a potentially insurmountable lead in delegates after a near-win in Iowa and victories in the second and third contests, New Hampshire and Nevada. Biden seemed on the verge of being forced from the race, after successive fourth-, fifth- and distant second-place showings. But after his mammoth victory in South Carolina, moderates rapidly coalesced behind the former vice president, rivals dropped out and endorsed him, and he racked up margins of victory so large that Tuesday's races were projected as victories immediately after polls closed.

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2. Coronavirus spurs ND, Minn. colleges to cancel trips abroad

The coronavirus outbreak is prompting local colleges and universities to cancel international trips and bring students home from study abroad programs.

More than 50 North Dakota State University students are currently abroad, said Alicia Kauffman, director of international students and study abroad services. Some of those students are in Italy and South Korea, two countries struggling with coronavirus or COVID-19 cases, according to the World Health Organization.

“We’ve terminated all of our programs with China, South Korea and Italy,” Kauffman said.

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3. Republicans auction wine signed by ND K-12 leader days after her DUI arrest

Kirsten Baesler
Kirsten Baesler

A Republican fundraiser that was held in Jamestown Saturday, Feb. 29, involved North Dakota’s top K-12 education official signing wine bottles just days after she was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk.

The wine bottles were not meant to make light of alcoholism or the crime's seriousness, said state House Majority Leader Chet Pollert.

Kirsten Baesler, superintendent of public instruction who faces pending charges of driving under the influence for a Feb. 26 stop along Interstate 94 in Bismarck, was the keynote speaker at the Lincoln Day Dinner held at the Jamestown Knights of Columbus for Republicans in Districts 12 and 29.

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4. ND lawmaker wants voters to decide whether to use oil money to end property taxes

An oil jack extracts crude from the Bakken oil field in western North Dakota. Forum News Service file photo
An oil jack extracts crude from the Bakken oil field in western North Dakota. Forum News Service file photo

A North Dakota lawmaker wants voters to decide if the state should abolish property taxes and replace the revenue with other sources, including oil tax money from the Legacy Fund.

But some state leaders fear that using oil tax revenue to permanently eliminate property taxes could put public services at risk if markets decline.

Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, said Tuesday, March 3, that he plans to submit a proposal to the Secretary of State’s Office next week so he and supporters can start collecting signatures for the initiated constitutional measure. The question would need 26,904 signatures by July 6 to appear on the general election ballot on Nov. 3, but Becker said his group has a goal of 35,000.

If the majority of voters approve the measure, it would count toward the 2022 tax season, Becker said. North Dakota would become the first state in the union to eliminate property taxes.

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5. Moorhead High School senior selected to bring 1960s rat rod to Twin Cities Auto Show

A Moorhead High School senior is about to head out on a dream trip to Minneapolis.

He has been invited to bring his truck to the Twin Cities Auto Show, but it is no ordinary truck. The teenager has put his heart and soul into it and people are noticing.

Eighteen-year-old Noah Brush should be making plans for prom and graduation about now, but instead, the teenager is headed to Minneapolis this coming weekend with his 1961 Ford E-100 Econoline.

Watch the story from WDAY's Kevin Wallevand