Author: Jim Monk

Xcel Energy granted interim rate increase in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – The North Dakota Public Service Commission has granted Xcel Energy an interim electric rate increase, which the utility is entitled to under state law. In November, Xcel filed for a general rate increase. An average customer’s bill would rise by $8.37 per month in winter, and $8.53 per month in summer, based on 750 kilowatt hours…

North Dakota reports 24 COVID-19 deaths, active cases drop sharply

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – The North Dakota Department of Health on Wednesday reported 24 additional deaths from COVID-19. There are currently 2,956 active cases in the state, a decrease of 274 since Tuesday.  160 people are hospitalized. Cass County reported the largest number of new cases with 72.   BY THE NUMBERS  4,917 – Total Tests from Yesterday* 1,242,239 – Total…

Drowning victim’s body recovered from North Dakota lake

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (KVRR/KFGO) – A man’s body has been recovered from Lake Irvine near Devils Lake. Ramsey County Sheriff Steve Nelson says the man broke through the ice last night. Deputies were looking for the man when they discovered his body and snowmobile in the water of the lake, north of Churchs Ferry. Nelson considers the death an accidental…

Burgum will wait to get coronavirus vaccine

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum says he will wait his turn in line to get a coronavirus vaccination. The 64-year-old Republican governor told a Fargo-area chamber of commerce panel on a videoconference that he will be “way down the line” when it comes to his eligibility. North Dakota’s initial doses of the vaccine began arriving on Monday….

Myon Burrell freed after 18 years in prison

(courtesy, KMSP)MINNEAPOLIS – A man who was sentenced to life behind bars as a teenager has been released from a Minnesota prison. Myon Burrell’s release came hours after a pardons board commuted his sentence in a high-profile murder case. Burrell took his first steps as a free man to the sound of ringing bells and cheers from supporters. His conviction…

Legal fund started for Minnesota businesses who plan to defy Walz’s COVID-19 restrictions

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KVRR) – Minnesota business owners who plan to open this week in defiance of Gov. Tim Walz’s coronavirus-related restrictions have started a GoFundMe account to cover legal fees. The group named ReOpen Minnesota hopes to raise $100,000. On its Facebook page, ReOpen Minnesota called for “a complete revocation of Gov. Walz’s emergency powers.” The group’s statement says…

Judge denies early release for Fargo man imprisoned for child pornography

Robert ScheiringFARGO (KVRR) – A federal judge has turned down a Fargo man’s request to be released from prison because of COVID-19 concerns. Fifty-four-year-old Robert Scheiring was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to possessing and distributing child pornography. Scheiring claims he’s at high risk for exposure to the virus because of his age and…

Workers arrive in northern Minnesota to build pipeline

PALISADE, Minn. – More than 4,000 workers are expected in northern Minnesota over the next couple weeks to build the Line 3 oil pipeline replacement. Opponents of the pipeline have escalated their attempts to block construction, while local law enforcement is focused on keeping the peace. Construction has ramped up quickly on Line 3 since Enbridge Energy received its final…