Author: Jim Monk

Chauvin juror says guilty verdicts could have come quicker

MINNEAPOLIS – A juror who cast one of the unanimous votes to convict a former Minneapolis police officer of killing George Floyd said deliberations were primarily spent trying to convince one person who was uncertain about part of the jury instructions. Brandon Mitchell is the first juror that deliberated in Derek Chauvin’s trial to talk publicly about his experience. He…

Ellison: Moorhead mosque attack ‘sad situation’

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KVRR) – Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is weighing in on the recent vandalism at a mosque in Moorhead. Police were called Sunday morning to the Moorhead Fargo Islamic Center at 2215 12th Ave. S. Someone sprayed painted “Death to Islam” and other hate messages on several portions of the building. Ellison says the Moorhead incident, plus…

South Dakota high school rodeo club cancels ‘Slave Auction’

FAITH, S.D – After several years, a high school rodeo club in the small South Dakota town of Faith has ended its annual “Slave/Branding Auction.” The Faith High School and the rodeo club were facing a large amount of backlash on social media and around the region. The idea behind the fundraiser is that members of the club would work…

Critics of Minnesota’s COVID sports restrictions raise new concerns

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Critics of Minnesota’s COVID-19 restrictions on youth and school sports are raising new concerns about last fall’s shutdown. The activist group Let Them Play Minnesota released a series of pandemic-related emails during a Senate Education committee hearing Monday. The emails show officials in Gov. Tim Walz’s administration tried to justify a sports shutdown by…

911 caller threatens to ‘blow up’ Bemidji area schools

BEMIDJI, Minn. (KVRR) – Police in Bemidji says the Beltrami County Dispatch Center received information from the Minnesota State Patrol regarding a suspicious 911 call that appeared to originate in the Twin Cities. Police say the caller stated that they were going to “blow up Bemidji Area Schools”. When pressed by the State Patrol Dispatcher, the caller stated that they…

Mother of Sen. Kevin Cramer dies

WASHINGTON (KVRR) – Sen. Kevin Cramer says he’ll attend to family matters this weekend following the recent death of his mother. Clarice Cramer died Saturday at Villa Maria Nursing Home in Fargo. She was 79. “Over the weekend, my Mother Clarice Cramer peacefully passed away after having lived with Alzheimer’s Disease” Cramer said. “Our family appreciates the messages of comfort…

North Dakota population hits record high 779,094

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – Gov. Doug Burgum says North Dakota’s population hit a record high of 779,094 residents on April 1, 2020, and the state had the fourth-highest growth rate in the nation, growing by 15.8% from 2010 to 2020. “The record high 2020 Census count is great news for North Dakota and reaffirms what those of us who live…

Minnesota narrowly misses losing U.S. House seat, keeps all 8

WASHINGTON (KVRR) – Minnesota has narrowly avoided losing a seat in Congress even though population growth in the state didn’t keep up with that of some other states. Minnesota’s growth rate of 7.4% was slightly better than the nationwide rate of 7.1%, helping Minnesota keep all eight of the U.S. House seats it has had since the 1960s. Minnesota may…

Bill passed to stop NDSU ties with Planned Parenthood

BISMARCK, N.D. – The Republican-led North Dakota Legislature has passed legislation to prevent North Dakota State University from funneling federal grant money to Planned Parenthood for sex education. The bill easily passed 35-11 on Monday.  The GOP-led House passed the measure 66-25 earlier this month. It is unclear if Gov. Doug Burgum will sign the bill. The bill says any institution…