Author: Jim Monk

Expert blames George Floyd’s death on heart problem

MINNEAPOLIS – A retired forensic pathologist says George Floyd died from a sudden heart rhythm problem due to his heart disease while being restrained by police officers, not because former Officer Derek Chauvin kept his knee in Floyd’s neck. Dr. David Fowler is a retired forensic pathologist and former chief medical examiner for the state of Maryland. He testified Wednesday…

KFGO radio icon Tom Wynn dies at 83

FARGO (KVRR/KFGO) – Legendary KFGO radio broadcaster Tom Wynn has died. Wynn, who retired from KFGO in July 2017, passed away in the Twin Cities where he had moved last June to be closer to family. Wynn hosted “Tom Wynn & Friends” with Bonnie Amistadi and Doug Leier until his retirement. Prior to that, Wynn partnered with the late Larry…

North Dakota Senate OKs bill to prohibit state from issuing mask mandates

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota’s Republican-led Senate has endorsed a measure that would prohibit the state mandating face coverings. Senators approved the bill Wednesday, but amended it to give local governments, schools and employers the option of requiring masks. The measure now goes back to the House for review of the Senate amendment. Bill sponsor GOP Rep. Jeff Hoverson and…

State to get $14.6 million to increase vaccine access for minorities

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota will receive more than $14.6 million in federal aid to expand access to coronavirus vaccine, particularly among minorities. The funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is part of $3 billion being distributed across the country for vaccinations. The CDC says most of the money must go to support local health departments…

North Dakota’s Horse Pasture Fire now 50% contained

Photo: Arnegard Fire Protection District THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK (KVRR) – Firefighters say the Horse Pasture Fire in the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park is 50% contained. At this time, no structure damage has been reported, but officials say the CCC campground and other park infrastructure are still at risk, as well as some private homes on the…

Expert: Chauvin never took knee off Floyd’s neck

MINNEAPOLIS – A use-of-force expert says Derek Chauvin’s weight was bearing down from his knee and pushing into George Floyd’s neck the entire time that he was handcuffed behind his back and lying face-down. Jody Stiger is a Los Angeles Police Department sergeant serving as a prosecution expert. Stiger testified Wednesday that his review of video evidence found that Chauvin’s…

North Dakota House approves Juneteenth holiday

THE BILL'S NEXT STOP IS GOV. DOUG BURGUM'S DESK

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – The North Dakota House has voted in favor of the state officially observing Juneteenth. The holiday commemorates June 19,1865, when slavery officially ended in the United States.  Juneteenth is observed by 47 states. West Fargo Republican Rep. Austen Schauer supports the holiday. “The holiday does not include a mandatory day off for private or public employees. …