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GRAND FORKS—Legislation in Congress will heighten North Dakota's role in protecting the U.S. by giving the Department of Homeland Security more authority to research and develop strategies against the misuse of unmanned aircraft, the head of the national agency said Thursday, Aug. 9, in North Dakota. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., discussed the Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018 during her visit to Grand Sky, a Unmanned Aircraft System, or UAS, business park west of Grand Forks.
GRAND FORKS—U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp used a developing trade war Wednesday to draw a line between her and her opponent, U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, as she seeks re-election. "The policies that are being advanced by Kevin Cramer—of allowing these tariffs to continue to escalate and allowing the trade war to escalate—present a threat to North Dakota," Heitkamp, a Democrat, said during an editorial meeting with the Grand Forks newspaper..
FARGO—North Dakota campaigns had little to say about cybersecurity, but experts say campaigns across the U.S. are the most vulnerable to online threats. Campaign officials for U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., released a brief statement after recent reports regarding Russian attempts to hack a re-election campaign for U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. Like Heitkamp, McCaskill is a Democratic incumbent running for re-election in a red state.
GRAFTON, N.D.—The Republican candidate for North Dakota's U.S. Senate race will bring a lead attorney for the U.S. Department of Commerce to northeast North Dakota. U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., will be in Grafton Friday afternoon with Peter Davidson, chief counsel to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. Cramer said he's bringing Davidson to the Choice Financial Community Room at 38 W. Sixth St. to discuss trade issues with the public.
CAVALIER, N.D.—With harvest approaching, the city of Cavalier and nearby agriculture businesses are scrambling to find a short-term solution after a fire destroyed a bridge and the 25 miles of railroad track they rely on for shipping grain, beans and other products. Some of the businesses say it was just a matter of time before something happened to the railroad, which was already in poor shape before the fire. Eight days prior, Dakota Northern—the company in charge of the track—informed affected businesses it was no longer able to make major track repairs.
GRAND FORKS—Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Grand Forks on Wednesday will not be public, according to information from his office. The visit was announced two weeks ago, when Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., tweeted about it and later confirmed Pence will participate in a fundraiser for his U.S. Senate campaign. On Monday, July 23, Pence's office added he will be in Grand Forks for a fundraiser and to visit with Air Force base personnel.
GRAND FORKS—Vice President Mike Pence's Wednesday visit to Grand Forks will be at an Air Force base west of the city, the White House confirmed Monday, July 23. Pence will participate in a fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer's campaign for U.S. Senate and will address Grand Forks Air Force Base personnel, according to a news release from the Office of the Vice President.
CAVALIER, N.D.—After a railroad fire south of Cavalier earlier this week, nearby companies that ship by train are struggling to find a solution before the fall harvest season. Curt Kirking, who co-owns Cavalier Bean Company, called the fire ironic. Nine days before Kirking found out about the fire Thursday morning, July 19, he and other businesses received a letter from Dakota Northern, which leases the rail from Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC, saying the company will no longer pay for any major repairs from Hensel to Walhalla.
GRAND FORKS — Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., provided some details Friday, July 13, about a visit by Vice President Mike Pence to Grand Forks after a pair of tweets Thursday hinting at an appearance. Pence is coming to Grand Forks July 25, Cramer said, and will likely be here in the afternoon. The administration is still working on a location and it will be short. "I can say he's not going to be spending the night," Cramer said. "And that's about as much as I can tell you right now."
GRAND FORKS -- Vice President Mike Pence will visit Grand Forks July 25, according to tweets and comments Thursday by Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., though additional details about a visit were scant. Cramer tweeted a picture of himself and his wife, Kris, with Pence, around noon, telling the city to “get ready” for a visitor. A second tweet said “July 25th will be a memorable day for Grand Forks.” Cramer later said Pence would attend a fundraiser for him July 25. Tim Rasmussen, a spokesman for Cramer’s campaign to unseat Sen.