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Gov. Tim Walz and front-line workers on Wednesday encouraged essential workers who'd stayed on the job during the height of the pandemic to apply for hero pay through the state.
With the ban looming, some lawmakers and attorneys are raising concerns about small inconsistencies within the state’s abortion laws that they believe could make a big difference to medical providers trying to treat pregnant patients without stepping on legal landmines.
Lawmakers that helped push the new rule through the Minnesota Capitol said they were working on fixes around enforcement, next steps to fully legalize marijuana for adult use.
Some anti-abortion activists believe lawmakers should bump up support for new and expectant mothers and their children in light of the abortion ban.

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Officials will push for a faster construction timeline for the $1.3 billion Red River Valley Water Supply Project, which will provide supplemental water during periods of extended drought to cities including Fargo and Grand Forks.
Summer traffic in Medora, North Dakota, could double once the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library opens in 2026.
The state reported the annual statistics on who received an abortion in the state a week after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to an abortion.
OMB Director Joe Morrissette will step down from his leading role on Aug. 31, but he will continue to serve as director in a part-time role through next year's legislative session, according to the North Dakota governor's office.
Minnesota is set to become an island in the region for abortion access and providers said that nonprofit clinics alone might not be able to handle all patients seeking services.
The donated land is for shared parking, hiking paths and an enhanced access road to the Burning Hills Amphitheatre and adjacent presidential library.

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On Wednesday, clinic escorts outnumbered protesters while at least four patients were led inside North Dakota’s lone abortion clinic at 512 1st Ave. N. in downtown Fargo.
Latvian Prime Minister Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš met with Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz Wednesday ahead of a six-day Latvian song and dance festival in St. Paul.
In a special commission meeting, Commissioner Dave Piepkorn was approved again as Fargo's deputy mayor.

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