Author: Jim Monk

Drought leads to skyrocketing wildfires in North Dakota

MINOT, N.D. – In drought-stricken North Dakota, wildfires have burned about 156 square miles of land across the state so far this year, more than seven times the amount from all of last year. The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services and North Dakota Forest Service say that nearly 1,400 fires have been confirmed in 2021. There were a total…

Supreme Court sides with former athletes in dispute with NCAA

WASHINGTON – In a ruling that could help push changes in college athletics, the Supreme Court has unanimously sided with a group of former college athletes in a dispute with the NCAA over rules limiting certain compensation. The high court ruled Monday that NCAA limits on the education-related benefits that colleges can offer athletes who play Division I basketball and…

Williston police investigate shooting incidents

WILLISTON, N.D. – Police are investigating multiple reports of gunfire in Williston. According to authorities, there were two places where gunshots were fired in the city early Sunday morning. They say no one has been hurt by the gunfire. Investigators believe the shootings were not random and that individuals were targeted by the gunfire. Police say they’ve identified two people…

Partners selected for FM Diversion project

FARGO (KVRR/KFGO) – The FM Diversion is moving forward with the selection of three major contractors that will design and build the 30-mile long diversion channel. The $935 million bid from the Red River Alliance was slightly above the Diversion Authority’s estimate.  Members of the alliance include a company based in Spain. The alliance will work with the Army Corps of…

Medical marijuana patients in Minnesota seek gun rights

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Staunch conservatives and advocates of legal marijuana have formed an unlikely alliance in Minnesota to pressure the Legislature to allow medical cannabis patients to own guns. The more than 35,000 patients in Minnesota’s program can’t own guns as the law now stands because the federal government classifies marijuana as an illicit drug, similar to heroin. Gun-rights…

Computer battery suspected of causing fire in Devils Lake

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (KVRR/KFGO) – One person was airlifted to a Twin Cities hospital following an early morning apartment fire in Devils Lake. Crews responded shortly after 3:30 a.m. Friday. The injured person lived across the hall from the apartment where the fire started. Residents of the apartment where the fire started were playing a video game at the time….

Feds charge man in multi-state golf cart theft investigation with ties to Fargo area

FARGO (KVRR) – A man has been arrested in Georgia in connection with the theft of “numerous” golf carts in several states including the Dakotas and Minnesota. An FBI affidavit says Nathan Rodney Nelson can be linked to 63 golf cart thefts in seven states since 2017. Nelson is charged with transporting stolen vehicles across state lines. According to court…

Counties join ban on fireworks because of drought

BISMARCK, N.D. – Burleigh and Morton counties have joined the city of Mandan in banning the use of fireworks during the July Fourth holiday season due to the widespread drought in North Dakota. Rural fire chiefs in both counties recommended the bans because of extremely dry conditions. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows more than two-thirds of the state is in…