Author: Jim Monk

Man accused of using ax to smash Hoeven’s Fargo office now facing federal charges

FARGO (KVRR) – Federal prosecutors have filed charges against a Lisbon, N.D. man who’s accused of using an ax to vandalize Sen. John Hoeven’s downtown Fargo office in December. U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley says Thomas Alexander Starks is charged with felony destruction of government property. Police identified Starks from the security video, where they say he is seen walking up…

Kohl’s, Bed Bath and Beyond, Wayfair drop MyPillow

CHASKA, Minn. (KVRR/FOX 9) – Some retailers are dropping Minnesota-based MyPillow products from their stores, according to MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.  This comes following the CEO’s repeated claims of fraud in the 2020 presidential election. Lindell told FOX 9 Bed Bath and Beyond, Kohl’s, Wayfair and HEB have all dropped MyPillow because of public pressure on social media he claims…

Pandemic cuts air travel at ND commercial airports in half

BISMARCK, N.D. – The coronavirus pandemic cut the number of passengers using North Dakota’s eight commercial service airports in half last year. The airports in Bismarck, Minot, Williston, Dickinson, Grand Forks, Fargo, Devils Lake and Jamestown finished 2020 with a total of about 572,000 airline passenger boardings. The state Aeronautics Commission says that’s a 52% drop from the previous year…

Judge orders company to take 3M’s trademarks off N95 masks

MINNEAPOLIS – A federal judge has ordered a Florida company accused of selling counterfeit N95 face masks with 3M’s name on them to stop using the Minnesota company’s trademarks and representing itself as a distributor or authorized retailer for 3M. 3M sued Nationwide Source Inc. in late December. The complaint accused the company of selling more than 10,000 of the…

Trump’s trial could begin on Inauguration Day

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial could begin as soon as 1 p.m. on Inauguration Day Wednesday as President-elect Joe Biden is being sworn into office. That’s according to a a timeline of Senate procedure obtained by The Associated Press.  It’s the possible schedule if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sends the articles of impeachment to the Senate soon. Trump…

North Dakota GOP to scrub $1.1B bonding proposal

BISMARCK, N.D. – Republican legislative leaders say a massive $1.1 billion bonding package that would finance infrastructure projects across North Dakota is being withdrawn and will be replaced by a far less costly proposal. Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner says a new proposal that would be at least $300 million less will be coming from the House. Wardner and House…

Native American activists applaud reports that Biden will cancel Keystone XL permit

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – A North Dakota-based Native American advocacy group is applauding reports that President-Elect Joe Biden plans to cancel the cross-border permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline. “This is a pivot point in history. Either we start recognizing the health of our Earth as the basis of civilization and progress, or we will find ourselves rich now at…

North Dakota sees no COVID-19 deaths for 5th time this month

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota’s rate of positive cases of COVID-19 remained low in the health department’s daily update. Monday’s update included 69 new cases from 2,194 tests, a positivity rate of 3.63%. The COVID Tracking Project reports that North Dakota’s rolling average number of daily new cases over the past two weeks has decreased by more than 27%. A…

Minnesota launches vaccine distribution pilot project

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KVRR) – Minnesota is launching a COVID-19 vaccine pilot program that partners with local public health and school districts. Gov. Tim Walz says the program will initially serve adults 65 or older, as well as teachers, school staff, and child care workers. Walz says the program will be the foundation for mass vaccination clinics once the federal…