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A new law designed to protect consumers from massive air ambulance bills took effect in North Dakota on Monday.

North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread says air ambulance service can be a frequent mode of transportation of patients to emergency medical care in rural states - but many patients are then sent outrageous bills for that service. He says consumers in North Dakota have reported bills totaling anywhere from $20,000 to $60,000. Godfread says now every health insurance plan sold in North Dakota is required to protect its consumers from these bills.

Don Haney, KFGO

A pilot and three passengers escaped injury when their plane was forced to make an emergency landing on the main runway at Hector International Airport in Fargo.

ND Senator speaks out against tax package

Dec 18, 2017
T.McDonald / Prairie Public

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D -ND) is speaking out against the proposed tax bill. Reporter Todd McDonald has details...

Fargo man convicted of threatening Heitkamp

Dec 15, 2017

A Fargo man was found guilty of threatening a United States Senator after a four day trial by a federal jury.

56 year old Kevin Lee Olson of Fargo was convicted of Threatening Interstate Communications by sending a threatening email to North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp on December 22 of last year. Olson's email to Heitkamp stated "It's (sic) seems the only consideration one gets these days is when one becomes a criminal. I guess I should find you, you (expletive), and shoot you in your red head!"

ND Agriculture Dept.

2017 will be remembered in North Dakota’s agriculture community for the drought.

North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said the drought hit cattle producers especially hard.

"Because of the lack of feed and forage, and having to go out and purchase more and more hay, having to find pasture further away -- it was daunting," Goehring said.

Mn. Lt. Gov. Smith tagged as Franken replacement

Dec 13, 2017

Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith has been named as Minnesota’s newest U-S Senator. Prairie Public Reporter Todd McDonald has details...

FM Diversion sees possible resolutions

Dec 12, 2017

Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney says he’s encouraged by the actions of the Fargo-Moorhead Area Flood Diversion Task Force. The group – which included the Governors of North Dakota and Minnesota -- wrapped up a series of meetings aimed at moving the F-M Diversion project forward. Mayor Mahoney says the project is in a much better place than it was 6-weeks ago…

"...I believe they had six or seven parameters that were placed out there today. And we got consensus on all but about two of them. And those two, I think, we can work with the D.N.R. to get solutions."

Blizzard conditions begin the week for eastern N.D.

Dec 4, 2017

After seeing rain in eastern and central North Dakota much of the morning, National Weather Service officials say the precipitation is changing over to snow. Meteorologist Pete Speicher says the new moisture is part of an incoming weather system expected to create blizzard-like conditions for parts of the listening area…

"...this afternoon the winds are really going to jump up. By 3 p.m., about the time schools will be getting out, we're looking for 45 to 55 mile-per-hour gusts. The will blow any new snow around creating reduced visibilities."

A new Minneapolis-based firm has begun working on infrastructure to focus on non-GMO and organic crops.

"Demand has outpaced the investment in the infrastructure," said Pipeline Foods chief executive Erick Jackson.

Jackson said his company is planning to invest between $300 million and $500 million on facilities, specifically focused on non-GMO and organic crops.

"The big guys don't look at this space yet as something very interesting," Jackson said. "Yet, it's gotten too big for all the little guys in it."

Paul Vogel, Fargo

Paul Vogel of Fargo is looking for the public's help to find the culprit who cut down a huge Colorado blue spruce at his family farmstead last week.

He's offering a $300 reward for solving vandalism to the 20 foot high tree someone took for a Christmas tree.

For Vogel, the tree has special meaning.

"It's a beautiful tree,' Vogel said. "I was shocked the tree was gone."

Vogel said all that's left is a stump and some low branches.

"Thirty years ago, my dad and I planted it," Vogel said. "My heart just sunk."

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