Author: Jim Monk

Update: Man who forced his way into Fargo business with gun turns himself in

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Fargo police say a man who forced his way into the Stepping Stones Resource Center and threatened staff with a gun is in custody. Eighteen-year-old Austin Ruddell turned himself in at the Fargo Police Dept. Thursday afternoon. Police say Ruddell forced his way into the business at 2909 South University Drive and threatened staff with a…

Legislative panel endorses 80 mph speed limit bill

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – A legislative panel has endorsed a bill that would increase the speed limit from 75 mph to 80 mph on North Dakota’s two interstate highways. The bill also would require drivers to maintain a speed of at least 40 mph on them. The House Transportation Committee gave the measure a “do-pass” recommendation. The full House will…

Otter Tail County man dies in crash with freight train

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (KVRR) – An Otter Tail County man was killed when the pickup he was driving collided with a Canadian Pacific train. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened around 8:48 a.m. Thursday at a railroad crossing southeast of Ottertail City. The 60-year-old man was from the Ottertail city area. He was the only person…

Hoeven to seek third term in Senate

FARGO (KVRR) – Sen. John Hoeven is running for reelection.  Hoeven’s campaign office confirms that he plans to seek a third term in the Senate in 2022. “The answer is yes, Senator Hoeven is planning to run for re-election” according to Hoeven campaign spokesman Don Larson. Hoeven was first elected to the Senate in 2010, defeating Democrat Tracy Potter.  He…

Fargo man facing murder charge in girlfriend’s death

FARGO (KVRR/KFGO) – A Fargo man who had been facing domestic assault and other charges is now charged with murder after his girlfriend died. Twenty-seven-year-old Cody Plumlee was arrested in early December after police were called to a north Fargo apartment.  They found his girlfriend, Kirsten Knaus, unconscious. Knaus was hospitalized with serious injuries and died in late December. Court…

City prosecutor says ‘F*** Biden’ flag is protected speech

CHARGES WILL NOT BE FILED

FARGO (KVRR) – Charges will not be filed against a Fargo homeowner who was flying a flag with a profanity referring to President Biden. Assistant City Attorney Alissa Farol says she determined that displaying the flag is protected by the First Amendment. Farol says the flag is permitted because it contains a non-commercial message and doesn’t exceed the maximum size…

Ten Commandments bill advances to the North Dakota House

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – The North Dakota Senate passed a bill Wednesday to allow local school districts to post the Ten Commandments in the classroom and to mandate the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance. The main sponsor, Edinburg Republican Sen. Janna Myrdal, told the Senate behaviors have gotten worse since the Ten Commandments were removed from schools, and prayer…

Cleanup underway after 21,000-gallon oil well spill

WILLISTON, N.D. – Cleanup is underway after 21,000 gallons of crude oil spilled at a well east of Williston. State Oil and Gas Division officials say the release at the Equinor Energy LP well was due to a valve failure. Officials say the oil was contained on-site and all but about 400 gallons had been recovered as of Wednesday afternoon….