Author: Jim Monk

City commissioners ask Burgum to ease COVID-19 restrictions

Commissioners Dave Piepkorn & Tony GehrigFARGO (KVRR/KFGO) – Two Fargo city commissioners are asking Gov. Doug Burgum to ease restrictions he ordered that would allow the city to extend the hours of in-person services at bars and restaurants from 10 pm to midnight and allow occupancy in those businesses to increase from from 50% to 75%. Commissioners Tony Gehrig and…

North Dakota reports 10 more COVID-19 deaths, active cases up by 28

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – The North Dakota Department of Health on Thursday reported 10 additional deaths from COVID-19. There are currently 2,984 active cases in the state, an increase of 28 since Wednesday.  148 people are hospitalized. Cass County reported the largest number of new cases with 89.   BY THE NUMBERS  7,176 – Total Tests from Yesterday* 1,249,401 – Total…

Governor bills North Dakota for lost fight over House seat

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota taxpayers are on the hook for legal expenses in Gov. Doug Burgum’s failed attempt to fill a legislative seat won by a man who died before taking office. Billing records obtained The Associated Press after an open records request say the Republican governor’s office is claiming more than $12,000 in attorney fees and court costs….

Minnesota tavern hit with fine, license suspension, vows to fight

Mission Tavern signST. PAUL, Minn. (KVRR) –  The Minnesota Department of Health has taken enforcement action against a Crow Wing County business for violating Gov. Tim Walz’s order prohibiting bars and restaurants from allowing indoor dining. State health officials say Mission Tavern in Merrifield allowed on-site consumption on Nov. 25 and again on Dec. 11. A statement from the Minn….

Boogaloo member pleads guilty to terrorism charge

MINNEAPOLIS – A North Carolina man and member of an anti-government extremist group has pleaded guilty to a terrorism charge. Prosecutors say 22-year-old Benjamin Ryan Teeter of Hampstead, North Carolina, traveled to Minneapolis during protests following the death of George Floyd. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Prosecutors say…

Judge dismisses DAPL lawsuit that claimed excessive force

BISMARCK, N.D. – A federal judge has thrown out the lawsuit of an Arizona man who claimed North Dakota law enforcement officers injured him and violated his civil rights during the Dakota Access pipeline protests. U.S. District Judge Daniel Traynor ruled that 24-year-old Marcus Mitchell placed himself where he knew less-than-lethal weapons were being used and failed to show that…

Update: Investigators looking into whether sex offender intentionally drove into bridge pillar

Jason SimeonFARGO (KVRR) – An investigation is underway to determine whether a man intentionally drove his SUV into a bridge pillar on I-29 in Fargo Tuesday evening. Forty-seven-year-old Jason Simeon, a convicted sex offender, was killed when he drove into a bridge pillar while the North Dakota Highway Patrol was attempting to stop him in Fargo. The incident began in…

North Dakota joins multistate lawsuit against Google

DALLAS – North Dakota is one of 10 states involved in a lawsuit being led by Texas against Google.  Details of the lawsuit were outlined Wednesday by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. The complaint says Google is being sued for “anti-competitive conduct” in the online advertising industry. Paxton says Google is using its “monopolistic power” to control the pricing on…

Brainerd man pleads guilty in precinct fire during Floyd riots

Minneapolis 3rd Precinct burns. May, 2020 MINNEAPOLIS – A Brainerd, Minn. man has pleaded guilty for his role in helping to set fire to a Minneapolis police station during rioting in the days following the death of George Floyd. A federal complaint accuses 23-year-old Dylan Shakespeare Robinson of lighting a Molotov cocktail that another person threw toward the Third Precinct…

Walz extends bar, restaurant restrictions, some schools to open next month

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced plans on Wednesday to get children back into elementary schools as well as ease some restrictions on fitness centers and other businesses that were shuttered last month. The governor updated the state’s Safe Learning Plan used by schools across the state on Wednesday to allow all elementary schools to operate in-person…