Author: Jim Monk

Heitkamp, Dorgan, Conrad ask Biden to nominate Schneider

SCHNEIDER SAYS HE IS HUMBLED AND HONORED BY THE FORMER SENATORS' SUPPORT

FARGO (KVRR) – Three former U.S. senators from North Dakota are leaning on President Biden to nominate a Fargo lawyer and former state lawmaker from Grand Forks for U.S. Attorney. Former Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan have sent a letter to Biden, urging him to nominate Mac Schneider. “It is our greatest hope that you give Mac…

Police worried about security funding for Chauvin trial

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota’s top law enforcement officials say they are worried about arranging security for the trial of Derek Chauvin after Republicans balked at a proposal to have the state help pay for it. Chauvin is one of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd and is the first person scheduled for trial. To help…

Bill that would have dropped seat belt requirement rejected

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – The North Dakota House has rejected a bill that would have dropped the requirement for seat belt use among people 18 and older. Supporters say the bill was introduced in response to a Senate bill that would make the state’s seat belt law a “primary” offense. Th current law makes it a “secondary” offense, meaning drivers…

North Dakota National Guard on alert for possible deployment to Middle East

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – A North Dakota Army National Guard unit has received an alert for possible mobilization to the Middle East. The Devils Lake-based 835th Engineer Utilities Detachment could deploy to the U.S. Central Command  area of operations during mid to late summer. The unit is headquartered at Camp Grafton Training Center near Devils Lake and consists of about…

Burgum orders state agencies to evaluate impacts of Biden energy directives

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – Gov. Doug Burgum signed an executive order Tuesday directing state agencies to determine the impacts of President Biden’s executive orders on North Dakota’s energy industry and to identify opportunities to challenge Biden’s orders. “The Biden administration’s recent executive orders pose a serious threat to American energy security, our nation’s economic growth and the tens of thousands…

House proposal would raise North Dakota gas tax 6 cents

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota lawmakers are considering adding another 6 cents to the state’s 23-cent a-gallon gas tax. The House Finance and Taxation Committee has endorsed the hike to help pay for improvements to roads and bridges. A higher fuels tax is expected to bring in tens of millions of dollars more annually, with the bulk going to a…

LSS of Minnesota to manage senior companion service in North Dakota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KVRR) – Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota has taken over the Senior Companion Program in North Dakota, assuring that essential support through this service continues for older adults. The change was a result of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota’s recent closure due to financial problems. The Senior Companion Program, funded by AmeriCorps Seniors, matches trained companion…

Lawmakers recommend approval for North Dakota public schools to display Ten Commandments

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – A North Dakota legislative committee is recommending that lawmakers approve a measure that would allow local school districts to post the Ten Commandments. Edinburg Republican Sen. Janna Myrdal sponsored the measure. Myrdal said the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution based on the Ten Commandments. “We need to get back to it” Mydal said. Grand Forks Democratic…

Bill requires North Dakota’s health officer to be a physician

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Legislature is considering a measure that requires the state health officer to be a practicing licensed physician. The Republican-backed bill comes after three health officers chosen by Gov. Doug Burgum quit during a time the coronavirus pandemic was worsening. Dirk Wilke, who has no medical training, has been the interim state health officer since…