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WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., is fuming over a U.S. House member's efforts to block Savanna's Act, legislation aimed at addressing the epidemic of Native American women and girls who experience violence in their lives, especially on rural reservations across the nation. The bill named for Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a pregnant Fargo woman who was abducted and killed last year in a baby-snatching case, was passed by the U.S. Senate as a unanimous consent bill on Dec. 7.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — There was a crash in gene therapy in the 1990s when rapid development led to less support and funding for gene therapy projects. But the field is booming now. It was evident on Tuesday night, Dec. 4, in the awarding of the Sanford Health Lorraine Cross Award worth $1 million.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A rural Ogema man has been arrested in the shooting death of a former Lake Park police chief who was traveling on a forest trail while hunting and was hit by a bullet in his vehicle. Morris Silas Dodd Jr. is in the Becker County Jail in Detroit Lakes on charges of second degree manslaughter and a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a release from Sheriff Todd Glander on Wednesday night, Nov. 28.
EAGAN, Minn. -- According to Pro Football Focus, the Vikings have the NFL’s top-ranked safety. But his name is not Harrison Smith. Smith has been rated No. 1 at times in recent seasons, but the top guy in the league now, according to the analytics site, is Anthony Harris.
ST. CLOUD — Two men who harassed and then stole a vehicle belonging to a Lyft driver in St. Cloud died after they crashed the vehicle into a grove of trees southeast of the city early Tuesday morning, Nov. 13. According to a news release, the two men were picked up by a 46-year-old Lyft driver in the southeast part of town about 1 a.m. and he drove them around for a short period of time as they didn’t appear to know where they were going.
FARGO — The recreational marijuana ballot measure in North Dakota went up in smoke on Tuesday, Nov. 6, with voters soundly rejecting the idea.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota has welcomed thousands of refugees since the federal resettlement process was set in 1980. So why does a trio of key Republicans up for election want to stop the program now? Well, it depends on whom you ask. Jeff Johnson, Jim Newberger and Jim Hagedorn have each said they will ask the federal government to pause refugee resettlement in Minnesota if elected Tuesday. And they’ve each made it a key issue in their campaigns.
ST. PAUL -- St. Paul's Como Zoo is now home to two recently orphaned mountain lion cubs. The cubs, who arrived at the zoo on Oct. 30, come from different areas of northern California. They are a male and female, about 8 to 12 weeks old. Mountain lions are also known as pumas or cougars.
EDINA, Minn. -- A look at Minnesota’s congressional maps shows a Republican ring nearly encircling the Twin Cities. Could this be the year Democrats break through? Democrats are banking on challengers Angie Craig and Dean Phillips — neither of whom has held political office — to win over suburban voters to the south and west of the Twin Cities. Craig is in a rematch with U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis for the 2nd District, and Phillips is trying to unseat five-term U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen in the 3rd District.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Gophers men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino gave his team four barely passing grades for its preseason performances against Creighton on Oct. 20 and in the Maroon and Gold intrasquad scrimmage Sunday. Pitino critiqued those competitions like he would a game and shared his marks on his blog: offense, C-minus; defense, D-minus; rebounding, C-minus; play without the ball, C-minus. “I wasn’t trying to be negative; I think that’s where we stand,” Pitino said Wednesday.