Author: Jim Monk

Fire deaths increased in Minnesota in 2020

MINNEAPOLIS – Careless smoking was the leading cause of fatal fires in Minnesota in 2020. Fifty-three people died in fires last year, a 13% increase over 2019. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says seven deaths last year were attributed to careless smoking, the fifth consecutive year it led to fatal fires. Six victims died in fires that were attributed…

Fire destroys second floor apartment in Moorhead

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR/KFGO) – Fire has gutted a second floor apartment at 1916 18th Avenue South in Moorhead. Assistant Fire Chief Benton Hicks says a building alarm came in just before 2:00 a.m.Wednesday. While firefighters were en route, it was upgraded to a working fire. When crews arrived, there was heavy smoke visible from the apartment building which is on…

North Dakota distributes two-thirds of COVID-19 vaccine

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota health officials say the most recent date shows that the state has administered about two-thirds of its COVID-19 vaccine. The state has received 35,250 total doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and dispensed 22,241 doses, according to the state’s vaccine dashboard that is updated every Tuesday. The CDC website ranks North Dakota third in…

Minnesota trooper assaulted after Brooklyn Center crash

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) – A Minnesota state trooper who was attacked by a driver at the scene of a crash in Brooklyn Center managed to subdue the suspect with the help of a Taser and a passing motorist. The attack happened around 8:30 p.m. Sunday after the trooper stopped to investigate a single vehicle crash.  The suspect, a 38-year-old…

UND mourns death of Gayle Clifford

Gayle & Tom CliffordGRAND FORKS, N.D. (KVRR/KNOX) – The University of North Dakota is mourning the death of Gayle Clifford, the widow of former University president Tom Clifford. Gayle Clifford died Sunday at her Grand Forks home. She was 79. UND President Andrew Armacost said Gayle Clifford, like Tom, held a deep respect for the UND community and Grand Forks….

Sheriff says Clay County’s new bodycams are success

Clay Co. Sheriff Mark Empting with new bodycam MOORHEAD (KVRR/KFGO) – The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is one of the latest area law enforcement agencies to obtain body cameras. Sheriff Mark Empting says 22 officer-worn cameras were ordered last fall at a cost of $44,500 and have been in use for about a month. Empting says deputies seem to like…

Burgum announces streamlined spill reporting system

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – Gov. Doug Burgum says North Dakota has a more efficient system to report oil spills and other releases involving hazardous materials. “This simplified system gives producers and the public a one-stop option for reporting hazardous material spills instead of having to report spills to multiple state agencies” Burgum said. Burgum says planning began in 2018. Last…

Likely oldest person in North Dakota dies at age 115

Iris Westman (UND photo)NORTHWOOD, N.D. – A woman who was likely the oldest person in North Dakota has died at age 115. Family members say Iris Westman died Sunday at the Northwood nursing home where she’d lived since 2012. Relatives say Westman was mentally sharp right up until the end of her life. Great-great niece Katie Pinke says Westman “was…

Cramer, Hoeven have no plans to object to Electoral College results

Sens. Kevin Cramer & John HoevenWASHINGTON (KVRR) – North Dakota’s U.S. senators say they do not plan to object to the Electoral College results when the Senate meets Wednesday to certify the presidential election. “I will not object to the Electoral College votes when they are counted…unless overwhelmingly persuasive evidence is presented before the Senate when we debate the objections,…