Author: Jim Monk

Woman killed in hit-and-run was Perham High School graduate

(Minn. Cross Country, Track & Field)ST. PAUL, Minn. (KVRR/KDLM) – A woman hit twice in a fatal hit-and-run in the Twin Cities was a 2010 graduate of Perham High School. Around 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Abby Anderson was walking near the University of Minnesota soccer fields in Falcon Heights when a truck crashed into a parked car, sending both vehicles into…

Man’s body found in Devils Lake

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (KVRR/KFGO) – Deputies recovered a man’s body that was found floating in Devils Lake Tuesday. Ramsey County Sheriff Steve Nelson says the sheriff’s office responded shortly after 7:00 a.m. Nelson says the man, from Grand Forks and believed to be in his early 60’s, was fishing from shore and ended up in the water. An autopsy will…

Homicide victim, deceased suspect identified in Minot

MINOT, N.D. – Minot police have identified the victim of a homicide and a suspect found dead at the scene of the crime. Officers were called to a southwest side residence Sunday about 7 a.m. on a report of a shooting. They found the body of 50-year-old  Carrie Welnel. Police identified a suspect and began a search. Twenty-three-year-old Caleb Heyward-Treib…

Moorhead man charged in woman’s death extradited to South Dakota

Gage StevensonWATERTOWN, S.D. (KVRR) – A Moorhead man charged in a 2019 crash that killed a Watertown, S.D. woman has been extradited to South Dakota. Eighteen-year-old Gage Stevenson was transported Thursday to the Codington County Jail in Watertown.  His first court appearance is scheduled Friday. Stevenson was arrested Tuesday in Moorhead after police were notified that an arrest warrant had…

CDC raises Cass County transmission level from Substantial to High

FARGO (KVRR) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has placed Cass County in the highest risk category for COVID-19 transmission rates. Cass County joins 2469 other US counties with a “High Transmission” designation, driven by low vaccination rates and a higher transmission rate for the Delta variant. On Friday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Cass County stood…

Mask mandate returns to MSUM

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – Effective Monday, Minnesota State University Moorhead will require all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to wear a mask in indoor public settings. MSUM says COVID-19 transmissions in Clay County have reached the substantial risk level, and says guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health require indoor masking. The masking requirement will remain in place…

Twin Metals plans electric vehicle fleet for mine near Ely

ELY, Minn. – Twin Metals Minnesota says it plans to rely almost exclusively on electric vehicles for its proposed underground copper-nickel mine near Ely. Chief Regulatory Officer Julie Padilla says using electric instead of diesel vehicles will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the mine by 65% and will reduce ventilation and heating needs. Twin Metals and the separate PolyMet copper-nickel…

Klobuchar on whether Biden should stop Line 3: pipeline is in ‘state jurisdiction’

WASHINGTON (KVRR) – Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) suggested that the Line 3 pipeline replacement project in northern Minnesota is under the state’s control when she was asked if President Biden should consider stopping the project. Line 3 opponents, including Minnesota tribal leaders, have repeatedly asked Biden to revoke the pipeline’s permit, based on environmental concerns. In an interview with KVRR…

Minot man takes child abuse conviction to Supreme Court

MINOT, N.D. – A man found guilty of child abuse for assaulting a woman in front of a young girl is appealing his conviction to the North Dakota Supreme Court. Fifty-three-year-old Brent Castleman of Minot was convicted last year of child abuse. The woman had secretly recorded the assault and the girl crying after witnessing the attack. The recording was…

Altru mandates COVID-19 vaccinations for employees

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (KVRR) – Altru Health System says staff, physicians, volunteers and students, regardless of work locations, will be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or complete an exemption process by November 15. The Grand Forks-based Altru says employees can request an exemption for medical, religious or philosophical reasons. Those who have an approved exemption will be required to…