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ND Senate race carries big stakes for GOP

November 6, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The North Dakota Senate race has big stakes for the state and the nation, with Republicans banking on it to help give them control of the chamber and Congress. Continue Reading

Scramble for ND Senate candidate in Minot district

April 24, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Three Minot Republican state lawmakers say they’ll be organizing a write-in campaign for the June primary election to keep their seats. The problem is happening because the three District 40 lawmakers didn’t turn in their paperwork on time to get on the June ballot. Continue Reading

N.D. Senate race attracts nearly $4 million in contributions

April 14, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The top contenders in North Dakota’s U.S. Senate race have raised nearly $4 million between them so far, a figure that highlights the competitive attraction to the state’s open seat. Continue Reading

Grand Forks resident Lien to run for N.D. Senate

February 15, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

UND business economics student Ross Lien will seek the Republican endorsement to represent District 42 in the North Dakota Senate, he announced Tuesday. The Bismarck native said he would focus on keeping the state’s business atmosphere “competitive” and creating an environment that allows businesses to “flourish” while diversifying the economy. Continue Reading

State disaster bill ready for final votes

November 10, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

A group of North Dakota lawmakers agreed Wednesday on a disaster relief bill to help flood-impacted communities and oil and gas counties. The revised bill will go to the state Senate for a vote today. Continue Reading

N.D. Senate votes to repeal UND nickname law

November 8, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The North Dakota Senate voted 39-7 to repeal a law requiring UND to keep its Fighting Sioux nickname. Continue Reading

‘No other option’: Grand Forks Sen. Laffen to introduce bill aimed at retiring Fighting Sioux nickname

October 14, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Sen. Lonnie Laffen, R-Grand Forks, who voted with the majority in March when the North Dakota Senate passed the Fighting Sioux nickname bill, will introduce a measure in the November special legislative session to assign authority over the controversial issue to the State Board of Higher Education. “It would be to allow the state board to do what they wish, retire the name,” Laffen said. Continue Reading

FIGHTING SIOUX NICKNAME: New Senate leader sees repeal of law

September 7, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Wardner voted for nickname law, but now fears impact on UND The newly elected majority leader in the North Dakota Senate said that the state law requiring UND to retain its Fighting Sioux nickname and logo should be repealed during the November special legislative session. Continue Reading

N.D. Senate kills bicycle bill

January 31, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The North Dakota Senate killed a bill Monday that would have required at least 3 feet between vehicles and bicycles on the road.
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Lawmakers discuss fake ID legislation

January 17, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

On Monday, legislators discussed Senate Bill 2133 that says businesses can seize an ID if they think it’s fake. They then must report it to law enforcement within 24 hours. Continue Reading