Author: Jim Monk

Happening Now: North Dakota House debates expulsion of Rep. Luke Simons

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – Members of the North Dakota House are considering whether to expel a state lawmaker accused of threatening and sexually harassing women. Rep. Luke Simons, who has denied wrongdoing and refused to resign, could become the first lawmaker expelled since statehood. You can watch the proceedings HERE.   Categories: Local News, North Dakota News, Politics / Elections Tags:…

Late night test alert mistakenly sent to 7,655 subscribers

FARGO (KVRR) – Cass Fargo Emergency Management has apologized for mistakenly sending a mass notification at around midnight Wednesday. Officials say the message was sent to 55,766 contacts and was delivered to 7,655 contacts before employees realized the error. “At 11:54 p.m., an employee inadvertently sent the monthly test to residents rather than in the test environment.  Cass Fargo Emergency…

Minnesota high school tournament spectators limited to 250

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota State High School League says crowds at most tournament games and events this month and next will be limited to 250 people. League Executive Director Erich Martens says it’s hoped that one, maybe two, family members of each athlete can attend. Each team will receive a limited number of tickets. The general public will not have…

Second Half Of North Dakota Legislative Session Begins

BISMARCK, N.D. — State lawmakers are back in Bismarck for the second half of the legislative session. North Dakota Public Radio’s Dave Thompson says the biggest item facing lawmakers is the multi-million dollar bonding bill, much of that for the FM Diversion Project. “As it stands right now, it’s $680 million for bonding, with virtually all of the money going…

Bus driver injured in rollover near Churchs Ferry

CHURCHS FERRY, N.D. – A man who was delivering a new bus to a school in Canada suffered a minor injury after the bus rolled over several times on a highway in northeastern North Dakota. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says 50-year-old Toronado Watson, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, fell asleep shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday. He was driving a 2022…

Boy seriously burned in Enderlin house fire, first responders start GoFundMe page

Royce JankowskiENDERLIN, N.D. (KVRR) – A two-year-old Enderlin boy is hospitalized with serious burns following a fire at an Enderlin home  Tuesday. Paramedic Trent Mahler says Royce Jankowski has at least 2nd degree burns over 34% of his body.  The boy was taken to CHI-Lisbon Hospital and then flown to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. First Medic Ambulance set up…

Record number of gun permits issued in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS – A record number of permits to carry handguns in Minnesota were issued in 2020, a surge attributed to a rise in violent crime in the Twin Cities and the riots that followed the death of George Floyd. A report from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension shows that more than 96,000 permits were issued…

Legislative leaders move to expel North Dakota House member

BISMARCK, N.D. – Republican and Democratic legislative leaders are finalizing a resolution to expel a North Dakota House member accused of threatening and sexually harassing women at the state Capitol. House Majority Leader Chet Pollert says a resolution to expel GOP Rep. Luke Simons will be introduced on the House floor Thursday. Pollert and Democratic House Minority Leader Josh Boschee…

Minnesota BCA identifies two men who died in Wadena County officer involved shooting

Minn. BCAST. PAUL, Minn. (KVRR) – The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the two men who died during an officer involved shooting Saturday night in Wadena County. Forty-two-year-old David Jay Savela and 36-year-old Shannon Michael Savela died of multiple gunshot wounds. The brothers were both residents of Sebeka. In addition, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified law…

Top North Dakota Democrats ask Biden to nominate Schneider

Rep. Josh Boschee, Sen. Joan Heckaman, Mac SchneiderFARGO (KVRR) – North Dakota’s highest ranking Democrats have formally requested President Biden to nominate Fargo attorney Mac Schneider as the state’s next chief federal prosecutor. State House Minority Leader Josh Boschee of Fargo and Senate Minority Leader Joan Heckaman of New Rockford co-signed a letter telling Biden that Schneider is “greatly respected…