Author: Jim Monk

Hoeven ‘evaluating’ Trump’s $2,000 stimulus proposal

WASHINGTON (KVRR) – Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) says he’s in the process of evaluating whether to support President Trump’s request to approve $2,000 COVID-19 stimulus payments. Trump recently signed a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package that provides stimulus payments of $600.  But after he signed the bill, Trump made it clear to lawmakers that he wants the individual payments increased…

North Dakota unemployment insurance claims plummet since pandemic began

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – Job Service North Dakota says the number of unemployment claims has dropped dramatically since the early days of the pandemic. Deputy Director Darren Brostrom says at one point, around 100,000 unemployment insurance claims were filed.  He says the number of claims peaked in early May, when around 13,000 claims were filed in one week. Two federal…

Winter storm hits Midwest, worst weather expected south of Fargo-Moorhead

FARGO – A strong winter storm has begun making its way across the upper Midwest, creating treacherous travel conditions and spurring warnings urging people to stay off the roads. The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings for parts of Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Illinois. By Tuesday morning, snow was so heavy in western Nebraska that…

Kraus named UND Aerospace dean

Robert KrausGRAND FORKS, N.D. (KVRR) – A new dean has been named at the University of North Dakota’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. Robert Kraus is associate dean of flight and operations at Kent State University. He is a retired Air Force colonel. Kraus says he’s excited about the opportunities at UND Aerospace and says one of those…

Fargo bar faces possible penalties for COVID-19 violations

FARGO (KVRR/KFGO) – Fargo Police Chief Dave Zibolski says a bar could face a penalty for multiple violations of the mask mandate and limited capacity executive order enacted to curb the spread of COVID-19. Zibolski told city commissioners in the past two weeks officers conducted 40 pro-active compliance checks and found only one bar violating the order. He said that…

COVID-19 cases surge at federal death row prison in Indiana

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (KVRR) – The federal prison where Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. remains on death row has more COVID-19 cases than any other federal prison in the nation. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, there are currently 410 inmates and 3 staff members with confirmed active COVID-19 cases at the U.S. Penitentiary at Terre Haute, Ind. The Terre Haute…

Two shot near George Floyd memorial in Minneapolis

George FLoyd memorial (CNN)MINNEAPOLIS – Police say a man and a woman were shot near the George Floyd memorial site in south Minneapolis. Police received a report of a shooting near 38th Street and Chicago Avenue South on Sunday night. Police spokesman John Elder says the victims were taken to the hospital in private vehicles. He says their injuries were…

Downtown Fargo $21 million mixed-use development planned

FARGO (KVRR/KFGO – update 8:40 pm 12/28/20) – Fargo city commissioners tonight voting unanimously to move ahead with a new development on the northeast corner of Main Avenue at Broadway. **ORIGINAL STORY BELOW** JLG Development and Duluth-based F.I. Salter have plans for a six-story mixed-use development on the property. Strategic Planning Director Jim Gilmour says the first two floors will…

CARES Act includes funding for small venues, including Bluestem

WASHINGTON (KVRR) – Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) says a bill she co-sponsored to provide $15 billion for independent venues is included in the CARES Act coronavirus relief package. In June, Klobuchar and Sen. John Cornyn of Texas introduced the “Save Our Stages Act” to provide grants for independent venues affected by the pandemic. Klobuchar says small venues, like Moorhead’s Bluestem…