Author: Jim Monk

NDSU responds to claims that President Bresciani won’t meet with BLM activists

FARGO (KVRR) – Representatives from BLM-Fargo and the NAACP claim that NDSU President Dean Bresciani refused to meet with them to discuss recent hate speech incidents and social media posts made by NDSU students. The university issued a statement after we asked whether the groups’ claims are true. “NDSU administrators, faculty and staff are focusing on working with NDSU students….

Name of high school honoring Minnesota’s first governor will be changed

Henry SibleyMENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. – A Twin Cities-area high school will no longer be named after Henry Sibley, Minnesota’s first governor. The West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area School Board voted Monday evening to drop the name, following complaints by community members and alumni about Sibley’s treatment of the state’s Dakota people. Sibley, who commanded troops in the U.S.-Dakota War, established…

30 more COVID-19 deaths, 16 more hospitalized in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – The North Dakota Department of Health on Tuesday reported 30 additional deaths from COVID-19. There are currently 4,774 active cases in the state, an increase of 16 since Monday. 337 people are hospitalized. Cass County reported the largest number of new cases with 165.   BY THE NUMBERS  4,617 – Total Tests from Yesterday* 1,193,850 – Total…

Nearly 12,000 acres to be returned to Leech Lake Band

CASS LAKE, Minn. – A bill passed by Congress and headed to President Trump’s desk will return nearly 12,000 acres of land in the Chippewa National Forest to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. The government illegally seized the land from the tribe more than 70 years ago. Rep. Betty McCollum, who sponsored the legislation in the House, says passage…

Man who toppled Columbus statue in St. Paul will avoid jail

ST. PAUL, Minn. – An activist who knocked over a Christopher Columbus statue on state Capitol grounds during a rally over the death of George Floyd will not serve jail time. A plea agreement finalized Monday between prosecutors and defense attorney states that Mike Forcia must perform 100 hours of community service, write a letter acknowledging the damage he caused…

Fargo domestic assault victim has life-threatening injuries

Cody PlumleeFARGO (KVRR) – Fargo police say the victim of a domestic assault was taken to a hospital Monday night with life-threatening injuries. Police were called to 702 26 St. N. at 10:47 p.m.  When they arrived, the victim was unconscious. Twenty-seven-year-old Cody Plumlee was arrested for aggravated domestic assault, burglary, fleeing in a vehicle, and theft of a motor…

Line 3 opponents gather near pipeline construction site in northern Minnesota

PALISADE, Minn. (KVRR) – Activists opposed to the construction of Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 pipeline gathered near one of the construction sites in northern Minnesota Monday. RISE Coalition organizer Nancy Beaulieu says members of the Red Lake, White Earth and Leech Lake Tribes were among those participating. Demonstrators lit a campfire and played Native American music. There were no reports…