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GRAND FORKS — As a new online conspiracy theory saturates national news media, local officials and others say it's just new twist on an old phenomenon. With QAnon, several theories have coalesced, including allegations of Democrat-run pedophile rings, the suggestion special counsel Robert Mueller and President Donald Trump are working together to arrest high-profile Democrats, and claims the Russia investigation, along with several Republican congressional losses, are all just fronts to cover Trump's war with a "deep state."
GRAND FORKS—Grand Sky Development Co. President Tom Swoyer, Jr. said he and other leaders have essentially built a local unmanned aircraft industry from scratch. "That was raw land with nothing else on it except an old alert pad," Swoyer said of Grand Sky, a 217-acre business park west of Grand Forks dedicated to unmanned aircraft development. Swoyer said this in between two recent high profile visits from the secretary of Homeland Security earlier this month and another from the secretary of the U.S. Air Force Monday, Aug. 13.
GRAND FORKS -- Grand Forks County reported its first human case of West Nile virus Thursday, Aug. 16, as the state said there have been 38 cases so far this year. Until now, the mosquito-transmitted virus had only been detected in insects and birds in the northeast North Dakota border county.
GRAND FORKS — Wearing a Donald Trump ring and U.S. flag-pattern button-up shirt, U.S. House hopeful Charles Tuttle pleaded not guilty to a signs citation Wednesday, Aug. 15, in Grand Forks municipal court. Police cited Tuttle Aug. 2 for displaying political signs in a public right of way, a violation of city ordinance.
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.