Author: Jim Monk

Fire destroys recycling truck in Jamestown

courtesy, KFGOJAMESTOWN, N.D. (KVRR/KFGO) – Smoke could be seen for miles after a recycling truck caught fire in Jamestown. Jamestown Rural Fire Chief Brian Paulson says it took 7 trucks and 17 firefighters to put out the blaze.  Crews were on the scene for about 90 minutes. The fire started behind the cab of the truck. The truck was destroyed….

Former sheriff accused of violating protection order released

MAHNOMEN, Minn. (KVRR/KFGO) – Former Mahnomen County Sheriff Brad Athmann has been released from jail following his arrest for violating a harassment protection order in a property dispute with a neighbor in Naytahwaush, Minn. Athmann, also a former Mahnomen county commissioner, was released on a $500 bond. Athmann was ordered to have no contact with the victim and to have no…

George Floyd statue unveiled in Newark, N.J.

NEWARK, N.J. (KVRR) – A statue of George Floyd is on display outside city hall in Newark, N.J. The 700-pound sculpture was commissioned by Newark mayor Ras J. Baraka and filmmaker Leon Pickney. The statue unveiling coincides with the Juneteenth holiday, which commemorates when slaves in the U.S. learned that they had been freed on June 19, 1865. The statue…

Company agrees to settle alleged Clean Water Act violations

BISMARCK, N.D. – A Colorado company has agreed to settle Clean Water Act violations stemming from the company’s oil production activities in North Dakota. The Environmental Protection Agency says Phoenix Petroleum LLC has agreed to pay a $50,000 penalty as part of the settlement. The EPA says inspections of two of the company’s tank batteries in Divide and Williams counties…

Police release photo of Fargo arson suspect

FARGO (KVRR) – Fargo Police are asking for assistance in identifying a person of interest connected to the dumpster fire at the Fryn’ Pan. The June 14 fire at 300 Main Ave. was reported around 1:30 a.m. The dumpster was located near the building and the fire damaged both the dumpster and a portion of the building.  Damage was estimated…

Fargo-based Aldevron sold for $9.6 billion

FARGO (KVRR) – Fargo-based Aldevron has been sold.  Danaher Corp. of Washington, DC acquired Aldevron for $9.6 billion. Aldevron is a leading global provider of high-quality plasmid DNA, gene proteins used in vaccines, gene and cell therapy, gene editing, and diagnostic applications. The company recently completed construction of a state-of-the-art 189,000 sq. ft. facility on its 14-acre campus in Fargo….

Ex-Mahnomen County sheriff jailed for violating protection order

MAHNOMEN, Minn. (KVRR/KFGO) – A former Mahnomen County sheriff has been arrested for violating a protection order. Sixty-seven-year-old Brad Athmann was arrested in Naytahwaush Tuesday afternoon after a woman reported that he was within 20-feet of her home in violation of a harassment protection order. A Mahnomen County deputy found Athmann shortly after the woman made the report and Athmann…

Police investigate more catalytic converter thefts in Moorhead

MOORHEAD CATALYTIC THEFT2 MOORHEAD CATALYTIC THEFTS 1 MOORHEAD CATALYTIC THEFTS MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – Moorhead Police are asking for assistance in identifying suspects in recent catalytic converter thefts. In one case, someone driving a Pontiac Grand Prix stole two converters on the east side of Moorhead.  A person driving a Ford Taurus is suspected of catalytic converter thefts from a…

Senators would stop ‘micropolitan’ label for 144 US cities

WASHINGTON – Some lawmakers are trying to stop 144 American cities from losing their designations as “metropolitan areas.” The federal government wants to update the standard from at least 50,000 residents in a city’s urban core to a minimum of 100,000 people. Republican John Thune of South Dakota and Democrat Mark Kelly of Arizona introduced Senate legislation Tuesday that would…

Suspect missing after stolen vehicle chase in Moorhead

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – Moorhead police are on the lookout for a suspect in a stolen vehicle chase. Police say an officer tried to pull over a driver in an area near 8th St. and 30th Ave. South Wednesday morning on suspicion that one of the occupants has felony warrants. The driver took off.  The chase ended in the Johnson…