Author: Jim Monk

Ten Commandments bill advances to the North Dakota House

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – The North Dakota Senate passed a bill Wednesday to allow local school districts to post the Ten Commandments in the classroom and to mandate the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance. The main sponsor, Edinburg Republican Sen. Janna Myrdal, told the Senate behaviors have gotten worse since the Ten Commandments were removed from schools, and prayer…

Cleanup underway after 21,000-gallon oil well spill

WILLISTON, N.D. – Cleanup is underway after 21,000 gallons of crude oil spilled at a well east of Williston. State Oil and Gas Division officials say the release at the Equinor Energy LP well was due to a valve failure. Officials say the oil was contained on-site and all but about 400 gallons had been recovered as of Wednesday afternoon….

Heitkamp, Dorgan, Conrad ask Biden to nominate Schneider

SCHNEIDER SAYS HE IS HUMBLED AND HONORED BY THE FORMER SENATORS' SUPPORT

FARGO (KVRR) – Three former U.S. senators from North Dakota are leaning on President Biden to nominate a Fargo lawyer and former state lawmaker from Grand Forks for U.S. Attorney. Former Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan have sent a letter to Biden, urging him to nominate Mac Schneider. “It is our greatest hope that you give Mac…

Police worried about security funding for Chauvin trial

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota’s top law enforcement officials say they are worried about arranging security for the trial of Derek Chauvin after Republicans balked at a proposal to have the state help pay for it. Chauvin is one of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd and is the first person scheduled for trial. To help…

Bill that would have dropped seat belt requirement rejected

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – The North Dakota House has rejected a bill that would have dropped the requirement for seat belt use among people 18 and older. Supporters say the bill was introduced in response to a Senate bill that would make the state’s seat belt law a “primary” offense. Th current law makes it a “secondary” offense, meaning drivers…

North Dakota National Guard on alert for possible deployment to Middle East

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – A North Dakota Army National Guard unit has received an alert for possible mobilization to the Middle East. The Devils Lake-based 835th Engineer Utilities Detachment could deploy to the U.S. Central Command  area of operations during mid to late summer. The unit is headquartered at Camp Grafton Training Center near Devils Lake and consists of about…

Burgum orders state agencies to evaluate impacts of Biden energy directives

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – Gov. Doug Burgum signed an executive order Tuesday directing state agencies to determine the impacts of President Biden’s executive orders on North Dakota’s energy industry and to identify opportunities to challenge Biden’s orders. “The Biden administration’s recent executive orders pose a serious threat to American energy security, our nation’s economic growth and the tens of thousands…

House proposal would raise North Dakota gas tax 6 cents

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota lawmakers are considering adding another 6 cents to the state’s 23-cent a-gallon gas tax. The House Finance and Taxation Committee has endorsed the hike to help pay for improvements to roads and bridges. A higher fuels tax is expected to bring in tens of millions of dollars more annually, with the bulk going to a…