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Follow NPR's live coverage of the first 2020 presidential election debate, including fact-checking and analysis. President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are in Cleveland for the event, moderated by Chris Wallace of Fox News.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - As part of our continuing interviews with statewide candidates, today we meet with Shelley Lenz, candidate for governor. ~~~ Prairie Public television programming is now livestreaming. Program manager Chris Meissner joins us to tell us about that, and also to share news of the new fall season.


Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - Meet Brain Kroshus, the current chair of the Public Service Commission, running for reelection. ~~~  Did you get a lot of yardwork done over the Labor Day weekend? Ron Smith did. The horticulturist joins us with some late season observations.

From the Main Street show, airing August 12

Supco to decide if Measure 3 will be on the ballot

Aug 21, 2020

The North Dakota Supreme Court is being asked to decide whether Measure Three should be on the ballot this fall.

The measure is a state Constitutional amendment, put on the ballot by initiative. It is wide-ranging, covering state election laws. It would, in part, create Legislative sub-districts for members of the North Dakota House, allow “approval voting,” do away with party primaries, and would put redistricting in the hands of the new state Ethics Commission.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - Next in our series of interviews with statewide candidates, we visit with Kirsten Baesler who is seeking re-election as the state superintendent of public instruction, a most challenging job during these stressful times. ~~~  Nearly two years ago, the University of Mary debuted its original play “North Dakota Voices of the Great War,” based on approximately 1,400 letters written by North Dakota soldiers and nurses who served during World War I. That play has now been published to not only preserve the work, but to make it available so other institutions can present the play in the years to come. The 58 page volume has been augmented by colorful illustrations. Joining us to discuss this new phase of the project is Dr. Joseph Stuart, associate professor of history at the University of Mary. He co-produced the play along with Daniel Bielinski, the director of the University of Mary theater department.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - Steven Peterson is the Libertarian candidate for the House of Representatives. He kicks off our conversations with the statewide candidates in this fall’s election. ~~~ Chuck Lura shares a Natural North Dakota essay, a followup on his earlier discussion of milkweed. ~~~ Family Centered Engagement meetings help keep North Dakota parents and children together and lessen the need for foster care. Here to discuss the initiative is Tracy Miller, the Department of Human Services’s child maltreatment prevention and family preservation services administrator; and Jessi Sorenson, who supervises the FCE program.

The state Supreme Court will hear arguments August 4 on whether the Democratic candidate for state insurance commissioner is eligible to be elected.

The North Dakota Republican Party has asked the court for a “writ of mandamus,” saying Travisia Martin is not eligible to be on the ballot.

State law says a candidate for statewide office has to have been a resident of North Dakota for at least 5 years. The GOP says Martin voted in Nevada in 2016.

Primary results: Delzer, McWilliams out

Jun 10, 2020

The chairman of the North Dakota House Appropriations Committee appears to have lost his bid for re-election.

Rep. Jeff Delzer (R-Underwood) unofficallly came in third in the Republican Primary election in District 8. Newcomers David Andahl and Dave Nehring won the GOP endorsement in that district. Andahl and Nehring were endorsed by Governor Doug Burgum and US Senator Kevin Cramer.

Delzer served one term in the Legislature in the 1991 session, then returned to the House in 1995. He has been House Appropriations chair since 2011.