Author: Jim Monk

Bill would make jail mugshots confidential in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – A West Fargo lawmaker has introduced a bill that would seal jail mugshots from the public. The bill, introduced by Republican Rep. Shannon Roers Jones, says “unless there is a compelling public safety interest warranting release, the booking photo of an inmate is a confidential record.” The booking photo could only be released if the suspect…

Hundreds of Minnesota guard members among those securing inauguration

MINNEAPOLIS – About 850 members of the Minnesota National Guard are among 25,000 soldiers streaming into Washington from across the country for Wednesday’s presidential inauguration. The number of guard members is at least two and a half times the number for previous inaugurals. Before this year, states rotated sending National Guard soldiers to inaugurations. Fewer than 10 from Minnesota were…

Bills would reduce penalties for underage drinking

BISMARCK, N.D.  – A pair of bills being considered by the Legislature would do away with the prospect of jail time for offenders and also give a judge discretion whether to order treatment. One bill would make the penalty for underage drinking an infraction that would be punishable by up to a $1,000 fine. Democratic Rep. Zachary Ista says his bill…

Sen. Cramer: Dems Taking Senate Means Consequences for ND

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – Sen. Kevin Cramer says with Democrats taking control of the U.S. Senate, there will be consequences for North Dakota. The Senate now has 50 Republicans, 48 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the Democrats. Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris would be called upon to break any ties. But Cramer says most bills are not decided on 50-50…

North Dakota to drop mask requirement, restaurant limits

BISMARCK, N.D. – Governor Doug Burgum says he will not renew North Dakota’s mask mandate that expires on Monday. Burgum broke out a new plan for North Dakotans as he says COVID case numbers have decreased. Priority vaccine groups will remain in effect. That includes making sure that everyone 65 years or older can receive their two doses of the…

WATCH: North Dakota National Guard sending more soldiers to inauguration

BISMARCK (KVRR) – The North Dakota National Guard is providing additional support for the Jan. 20 inauguration in Washington, D.C. National Guard spokesman Bill Prokopyk says approximately 130 Soldiers from the 816th Military Police Company will join 20 previously scheduled N.D. Guard members. The unit is headquartered in Dickinson with a detachment in Bismarck. Some Soldiers departed Friday afternoon, others…

Lutheran Social Services announces liquidation, 283 employees lose jobs

FARGO (KVRR) – Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota says its programs are being suspended and employees are being laid off as part of a liquidation plan. The organization says the decision was driven in large part by financial issues with Lutheran Social Services Housing, which impacted agency reserves and resulted in negative cash flow projections, according to president and…

Six charged after violent assault at Mayville State University

Norberto Zapata, Jr.MAYVILLE, N.D. (KVRR/KFGO) – Four men and a juvenile have been charged with a violent assault on the Mayville State University campus. The search continues for another suspect, 37-year-old Norberto Zapata, Jr., who has been charged with attempted murder.  The others face assault-conspiracy charges. Traill County Sheriff Steve Hunt says none of the suspects attend Mayville State and…

Western North Dakota fire burns 10,000 acres, farms and ranches evacuated

North Dakota wildfireHETTINGER, N.D. (KVRR/KWAT) – Nearly 20 fire departments from two states have been fighting a massive wildfire in Adams County, North Dakota. Lemmon, S.D. Fire Marshal Shane Penfield says the first call came in at 4:30 p.m. Thursday during extremely windy conditions. Lemmon immediately requested mutual aid from the Hettinger, North Dakota Fire Department and an initial attack…