Author: Jim Monk

North Dakota House okays bill to lower underage drinking penalties

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – The North Dakota House has passed a measure that would lower the penalties for underage drinkers and minors who buy or possess alcohol. Fargo Representative Shannon Roers-Jones says the bill would reclassify underage alcohol offenses from a misdemeanor to an infraction.  It also lowers the maximum penalty from a $1,500 fine and 30 days in jail…

Bill would include spoons, stericups in needle exchange program

(DEA photo)BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – The North Dakota House has passed a bill which would add spoons, stericups and cotton syringe filters to the needle exchange program. The vote in the Human Services Committee was 7 to 6 for a “do pass.” Fargo Democratic Representative Gretchen Dobervich supports the measure.  She says it would provide sterilized supplies that prevent the…

More vaccine doses to be available in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials say more than 35,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine will be reserved for people 65 and older this week after receiving a boost in supply from the federal government. The state will open permanent large-scale community vaccination sites in Minneapolis and Duluth this week for seniors, with the Minneapolis site also serving educators…

Fargo Cass Public Health moves vaccine location

FARGO (KVRR) – Fargo Cass Public Health will relocate its COVID-19 vaccine operation to the former Gordman’s building at 5100 14th Avenue South. Vaccine is not yet available for the general public and only patients with a scheduled appointment with one of the vaccine providers will be allowed to enter. FCPH continues to distribute vaccine for priority groups identified by…

Midwest economy improving, but pandemic still being felt

OMAHA, Neb. – A new monthly survey shows continued economic improvement in nine Midwest and Plains states, but business leaders indicated the coronavirus pandemic is still hurting business. The overall index for the region in January suggests improved growth, coming in at at a strong 67.3 from December’s 64.1. Any score above 50 on the survey’s indexes suggests growth, while…

Court upholds Minneapolis cop’s conviction in Damond case

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld a former Minneapolis police officer’s murder conviction in the 2017 shooting death of an unarmed woman who had dialed 911. Mohamed Noor is serving 12 1/2 years in the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, whom he shot once in the stomach when she approached his patrol car in the alley behind…

Bill requiring North Dakota clergy to report child abuse withdrawn

BISMARCK, N.D. – A bipartisan North Dakota bill that would have required clergy to be included in state law as mandatory reporters of child abuse has been withdrawn. West Fargo Republican Sen. Judy Lee withdrew the legislation on Friday, saying the bill has become a distraction. The Roman Catholic dioceses in Fargo and Bismarck had opposed the bill.  Private discussions between…

Three arrested following high-speed chase in Moorhead

MOORHEAD, MINN. (KVRR/KFGO) – Three people were taken into custody in Moorhead early Monday morning following a pursuit with the Minnesota State Patrol. Police Sgt. Rob Matheson told KFGO News the three arrested were in a stolen vehicle that fled troopers at speeds of up to 95 mph in a 30 mph zone. Those in the vehicle fled to a…

GOP bonding proposal provides $435 million for FM Diversion

FM Diversion BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – The FM Diversion Project would receive $435.5 million from a Republican-sponsored bonding bill in the North Dakota legislature. “I know it’ll take a few years to get that done, but if we get that off the table, then we can start looking bigger” House Majority Leader Chet Pollert said. The $800 million bill also…

GOP move to kill emergency order would cut food stamp funds

BISMARCK, N.D. – A plan by some members of the North Dakota Legislature to terminate a pandemic-related emergency declaration could discontinue food assistance to the state’s neediest residents. North Dakota and other states that have emergency orders in place have been getting additional money for food stamps under a package passed by Congress. If lawmakers end the emergency declaration, North…