Author: Jim Monk

Defense attorney convicted for swindling $15,000 from client

MINNEAPOLIS – A Twin Cities criminal defense attorney has been convicted of bilking one her clients out of $15,000. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office says a jury found Kristi McNeilly, 46, of Woodbury, guilty of theft by swindle.  Minnesota sentencing guidelines call for her to receive probation and some workhouse time. McNeilly’s client, a 53-year-old man, was arrested for having a…

Priest struck and killed while riding bike near Twin Cities

ROSEMOUNT, Minn. – A Twin Cities area priest has been struck and killed while riding his bike in Rosemount. Risen Savior Church in Burnsville announced Tuesday that the Rev. Dennis Dempsey was the bicyclist who died Monday afternoon after he was hit by a car on County Road 42. The 26-year-old Minneapolis driver who struck Dempsey was arrested at the…

Active COVID-19 cases continue downward trend in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. – Four additional COVID-19-related deaths occurred over the weekend in North Dakota, but state health officials say the number of active coronavirus cases continues a downward trend. Health officials reported fewer than 200 news cases sending the number of active cases to 3,030, the lowest level in more than a month. Cases statewide have been trending downward after…

Xcel Energy seeks electric rate hike of about 20%

MINNEAPOLIS – Xcel Energy wants to increase electric rates by about 20% over the next three years, adding an average $15 to $21 per month cumulatively to residential customers’ bills. Minneapolis-based Xcel filed its request with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, which must approve any increase. The rate hike would generate about $677 million over the three years with a…

Callaway police chief seriously injured in wood cutting accident

WAUBUN, Minn. (KVRR/(KFGO) – The Callaway, Minnesota police chief is hospitalized at Sanford Health in Fargo with serious injuries in an accident at his rural Waubun, Minnesota home. Mahnomen County Sheriff Josh Guenther says his office received a call about 6:30 p.m. Monday from the Mahnomen Hospital to report Tim Haverkamp had arrived there with head injuries. Guenther says initially…

Judge in Chauvin trial to release names of jurors

Judge Peter CahillMINNEAPOLIS – The judge who oversaw the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin says that he will release the names of the 15 jurors and alternates next week. Judge Peter Cahill’s order says he will make the list of jurors public on Nov. 1. The written questionnaires of all 109 potential jurors who were formally…

Alford plea entered in random, fatal attack on Fargo teen

Arthur KollieFARGO – A Fargo man has entered an Alford plea in the death of a 14-year-old girl in a random attack last June. Arthur Kollie entered the plea in connection with the death of Jupiter Paulsen in Fargo. With an Alford plea, Kollie maintains his innocence, but acknowledges there is enough evidence for a conviction. Charging documents say a…

Judge orders $736,000 payment after tenants were pressured to have sex

MINNEAPOLIS – A judge has ordered two Twin Cities rental companies and their officers to pay $736,000 to nearly two dozen women over allegations that one landlord pressured the tenants for sex to avoid eviction. The consent decree filed in federal court directs Fruen & Pfeiffer and M. Fruen Properties and individual defendants to pay $32,000 to each of the…

Fargo’s ‘Blind Joe’ attracting world attention with anti-mandate anthem

— Blind Joe (@theblindjoe) October 24, 2021 FARGO (KVRR) – A country music artist who grew up in Fargo is getting international attention for a new song that takes direct aim at COVID-19 mask and vaccine mandates. “Blind Joe” Bommersbach says the song, “I Will Not Comply” is generating support from fans around the world, including France, Greece, Germany and…

First Lady says addiction stigma is improving in North Dakota

ANNUAL "RECOVERY REINVENTED" EVENT CONTINUES IN BISMARCK

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – A survey of North Dakota residents indicates improvement in how people view addiction. The results from the North Dakota Addressing Addiction survey were presented at the annual “Recovery Reinvented” event at the Bismarck Events Center. According to the survey, 74% of respondents believe addiction is a health condition.  A 2018 survey showed 63% of North Dakotans…