Author: Jim Monk

North Dakotans advised to avoid prolonged outdoor activity, take protective measures,

Canada wildfireBISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality is advising residents to take precautions due to unhealthy levels of smoke caused by wildfires in Canada. Officials say to “use common sense and avoid prolonged exposure outdoors.”  Children, the elderly, people with heart or lung disease are particularly susceptible to ash particles and should take extra precautions. Elevated…

Moorhead mosque vandal sentenced, released from jail

1/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Show Caption Hide Caption MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – A man who pleaded guilty to vandalizing a Moorhead mosque has been sentenced to a year and a day in jail. Clay County Attorney Brian Melton says 22-year-old Benjamin Enderle was released Friday after serving 95 days.  The remainder of the…

Red Lake police officer’s funeral set for Monday

(Thin Blue Line USA)RED LAKE, Minn. (KVRR/KFGO) – The funeral for a Red Lake tribal police officer who was killed while on duty is scheduled for Monday afternoon. Officer Ryan Bialke was shot while responding to a call tuesday morning in redby.  The service will be at Red Lake Humanities Center with burial in Bemidji. The 37-year-old Bialke was married…

Lindquist announces years-long battle with mental health issues

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – Democratic U.S. House candidate Mark J. Lindquist says he was recently admitted to the hospital for mental health issues. Lindquist, who wants to represent Minnesota’s 7th District, says he checked himself into the Fargo VA Medical Center on July 23. “I am not ok. I checked myself into the Fargo VA Mental Health Clinic this week…

Walz offers Minnesotans $100 gift cards to get vaccinated

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KVRR) – Gov. Tim Walz says Minnesota is joining the Biden Administration’s initiative to provide $100 to all Minnesotans age 12 and older who receive a COVID-19 vaccine from July 30 through August 15. “President Biden is calling for a nationwide push to make sure our families and communities are vaccinated and protected against COVID-19 and the…

NDSU updates COVID-19 policies for new academic year

Dean BrescianiFARGO (KVRR) – North Dakota State University has updated its COVID-19 policies for the 2021-2022 school year. An email from President Dean Bresciani says masks will continue to be optional with some exceptions. Bresciani says faculty may require masks to be worn in their classes at their discretion and health care operations on campus, including Student Health Service, will…

Watch: Strand says Piepkorn’s middle finger gesture ’embarrassing’ for Fargo

CITY COMMISSIONER JOHN STRAND SAYS COMMISSIONER DAVE PIEPKORN SHOULD APOLOGIZE

FARGO (KVRR) – A discussion over business property tax incentives led to what appears to show a Fargo city commissioner making an obscene gesture during Monday’s city commission meeting. Commissioner Dave Piepkorn raised his right fist with his middle finger extended during a tense discussion with Commissioner Tony Gehrig. The incident was captured on video posted on the Fargo City…

Judge sets bail at $1 million for Raymond Gunn

Raymond Gunn appears via interactive television David Samson/The Forum/media poolFARGO (KVRR) – The man charged in a deadly shooting in north Fargo Saturday night made his first court appearance Wednesday. Bond was set at $1 million for 40-year-old Raymond Gunn, who’s accused of killing 41-year-old Eric Woodrow Hayes of Fargo. If convicted, Gunn could be sentenced to life in prison…