Author: Jim Monk

House committee turns ‘Spaghettios Bill’ into meal expense study

BISMARCK, N.D. – A proposal to reimburse North Dakota lawmakers for meals beyond their per diem payments could be included in a longer-term study of overall expense reimbursements. Republican Rep. Keith Kempenich introduced a bill Thursday that would reimburse state lawmakers from outside Bismarck for meals on days when they’re in session. A legislative estimate says the bill, called the…

Senate approves measure to limit Burgum’s declarations

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Senate has endorsed legislation that would limit emergency or disaster declarations by a governor and allow the Legislature more oversight of executive branch action. The bill was passed along party lines on Thursday. All seven Democrats in the Senate opposed the measure.  It now heads to the House. The legislation was inspired by a rash…

Minnesota discourages Super Bowl parties, recommends masks when gathering

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesotans planning to hold Super Bowl parties are being urged to think again, even though the state’s coronavirus numbers are improving. Kris Ehresmann, infectious disease director at the Minnesota Department of Health, says this is probably not the year to have a big Super Bowl party. She says fans who ignore the advice and gather anyway for the…

Update: Man who forced his way into Fargo business with gun turns himself in

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Fargo police say a man who forced his way into the Stepping Stones Resource Center and threatened staff with a gun is in custody. Eighteen-year-old Austin Ruddell turned himself in at the Fargo Police Dept. Thursday afternoon. Police say Ruddell forced his way into the business at 2909 South University Drive and threatened staff with a…

Legislative panel endorses 80 mph speed limit bill

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – A legislative panel has endorsed a bill that would increase the speed limit from 75 mph to 80 mph on North Dakota’s two interstate highways. The bill also would require drivers to maintain a speed of at least 40 mph on them. The House Transportation Committee gave the measure a “do-pass” recommendation. The full House will…

Otter Tail County man dies in crash with freight train

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (KVRR) – An Otter Tail County man was killed when the pickup he was driving collided with a Canadian Pacific train. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened around 8:48 a.m. Thursday at a railroad crossing southeast of Ottertail City. The 60-year-old man was from the Ottertail city area. He was the only person…

Hoeven to seek third term in Senate

FARGO (KVRR) – Sen. John Hoeven is running for reelection.  Hoeven’s campaign office confirms that he plans to seek a third term in the Senate in 2022. “The answer is yes, Senator Hoeven is planning to run for re-election” according to Hoeven campaign spokesman Don Larson. Hoeven was first elected to the Senate in 2010, defeating Democrat Tracy Potter.  He…

Fargo man facing murder charge in girlfriend’s death

FARGO (KVRR/KFGO) – A Fargo man who had been facing domestic assault and other charges is now charged with murder after his girlfriend died. Twenty-seven-year-old Cody Plumlee was arrested in early December after police were called to a north Fargo apartment.  They found his girlfriend, Kirsten Knaus, unconscious. Knaus was hospitalized with serious injuries and died in late December. Court…

City prosecutor says ‘F*** Biden’ flag is protected speech

CHARGES WILL NOT BE FILED

FARGO (KVRR) – Charges will not be filed against a Fargo homeowner who was flying a flag with a profanity referring to President Biden. Assistant City Attorney Alissa Farol says she determined that displaying the flag is protected by the First Amendment. Farol says the flag is permitted because it contains a non-commercial message and doesn’t exceed the maximum size…