Author: Jim Monk

Expert says death penalty opponent Biden will have options to consider for Rodriguez

President-elect Biden wants to eliminate the death penalty

FARGO (KVRR) – Could the death sentence of Alfonso Rodriguez, the man convicted of the 2003 kidnapping and murder of University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin, be overturned by the Biden administration? President-elect Joe Biden has said that he opposes the death penalty and will work on legislation to eliminate the death penalty and incentivize states to abolish the…

Heitkamp remains on list for agriculture secretary

WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden’s choices for secretary of agriculture are as diverse as the department of 100,000 employees that he or she would represent. The choice is especially critical this year as USDA provides extra aid for the hungry and oversees food production amid the pandemic. For Biden, the emerging choice between Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio, former Sen….

Human trafficking charges filed in North Dakota prostitution investigation

BISMARCK, N.D. – Two of the three people charged with facilitating prostitution following a raid on spas in Bismarck and Dickinson are facing additional charges of human trafficking. Sixty-five-year-old Lance Jacobson and 56-year-old Jiang Jennings were charged with sexual servitude and human trafficking felonies. Jacobson and Jennings were earlier charged with facilitating prostitution after an investigation that led to a…

Minnesota regulators deny request to stop Line 3 pipeline

MINNEAPOLIS – A Minnesota regulatory panel has denied a request by two northern Minnesota tribes to prevent Enbridge Energy from moving forward with its contentious Line 3 oil pipeline replacement. The Red Lake and White Earth Bands of Chippewa asked the Public Utilities Commission to stay its order allowing construction, citing pending litigation in the Minnesota Court of Appeals and…

Fargo Public Schools to allow spectators during student activities

FARGO (KVRR) – When student activities and competitions resume on December 14, Fargo Public Schools will allow a maximum of 50 spectators per event. The number applies to spectators only and does not include athletes, coaches, athletic staffing, and credentialed event staff. Only home spectators will be permitted. Masks are required for all fans, and table, sideline, and media personnel…

American Indian Movement co-founder Benton-Banai dies at 89

MINNEAPOLIS – Eddie Benton-Banai, one of the founders of the American Indian Movement that was formed partly in response to alleged police brutality against Indigenous people, has died. He was 89. A family friend says Benton-Banai died Monday at a care center in Hayward, Wisconsin, where he had been staying for months. Benton-Banai made a life of connecting American Indians…

Bresciani promises aggressive, quick response to racist social media posts

NDSU PRESIDENT SAYS HE IS "DEEPLY APPALLED" BY THE CONDUCT

Dean BrescianiFARGO (KVRR) – North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani is promising to respond “thoroughly and aggressively” to racist social media posts by some NDSU students. A group of NDSU students has been recently posting the remarks on Snapchat. Breciani says “hate speech” is antithetical to what the university stands for.  He says that while “hate speech” is constitutionally…