Sen. Cramer makes first public appearance since hand injury

The senator appeared for a ribbon cutting at the Grand Forks Air Force Base.

Senator Kevin Cramer's right hand is still heavily bandaged as he spoke at a ribbon cutting at the Grand Forks Air Force Base.
Matt Henson / WDAY News

GRAND FORKS — Senator Kevin Cramer made his first public appearance Tuesday, June 28, since seriously injuring his hand. The state's junior senator attended an announcement at the Grand Forks Air Force Base.

Last Wednesday a large rock rolled onto his hand as he tried to move it in the river behind his home while swimming with grandchildren.

Sen. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota said there remains a high risk of infection and a chance the tip of his pinkie finger will need to be amputated.

It cut off part of his pinky finger and crushed his ring finger. His ring finger will be OK. Cramer will see his surgeon Wednesday to decide the fate of his pinky.

"(It's a)Good long-term prognosis. The worst case scenario is I lose part of my pinky, I feel fortunate," said Cramer.

Senator Cramer has been home since the accident due to doctor's appointments. He missed the school gun safety bill vote last week, but said he would have voted against it anyways, so his vote did not matter.


He does plan to return to D.C. when the Senate returns to session in two weeks.

Matt Henson is an Emmy award-winning reporter/photographer/editor for WDAY. Prior to joining WDAY in 2019, Matt was the main anchor at WDAZ in Grand Forks for four years. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended college at Lyndon State College in northern Vermont, where he was recognized twice nationally, including first place, by the National Academy for Arts and Science for television production. Matt enjoys being a voice for the little guy. He focuses on crimes and courts and investigative stories. Just as often, he shares tear-jerking stories and stories of accomplishment. Matt enjoys traveling to small towns across North Dakota and Minnesota to share their stories. He can be reached at and at 610-639-9215. When he's not at work (rare) Matt resides in Moorhead and enjoys spending time with his daughter, golfing and attending Bison and Sioux games.
What To Read Next
Get Local