Author: Jim Monk

Wildfires continue in western North Dakota

Theodore Roosevelt National ParkMEDORA, N.D. (KVRR/KFGO) – Firefighters are making progress in controlling a large grass fire near Medora as more wildfires have started in other areas in the western part of the state facing high fire danger. According to the North Dakota Forest Service, as of midday Sunday, the Medora blaze was 85% contained. It had burned an estimated…

Lawmakers derail plan seen as bailout for Hoeven’s bank

BISMARCK, N.D. – Budget writers in the Republican-controlled North Dakota House want to derail legislation to save a troubled shipping facility. The move comes after criticism that the move was a bailout for banks, including one owned by GOP U.S. Sen. John Hoeven. Five Minot-area lawmakers sponsored the legislation for the intermodal shipping facility that sought to provide $8.2 million…

Police supervisor says kneeling on Floyd’s neck ‘totally unnecessary’

MINNEAPOLIS – The head of the Minneapolis Police Department’s homicide division has testified that kneeling on the neck of someone who is handcuffed and in the prone position is “top-tier, deadly” force and “totally unnecessary.” Lt. Richard Zimmerman testified Friday at the trial of Officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with killing George Floyd last year. His testimony came a…

Two more arrested in West Fargo shooting

WEST FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Two more people have been arrested in connection to the March 21  shooting in West Fargo that occurred in the 1500 block of 11th Avenue E. Jahmond Walker, of Glyndon, Minn. was arrested in Hibbing, Minn. on charges of aggravated assault. Twenty-one-year-old Leotis McGee Jr. of Fargo was arrested by the Marshals Service in Minneapolis…

CDC says fully vaccinated can travel, no need to quarantine

NEW YORK – Add travel to the activities vaccinated Americans can enjoy again. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance Friday to say fully vaccinated people can travel within the U.S. without getting a COVID-19 test or going into quarantine. The agency previously cautioned against unnecessary travel even for vaccinated people. Vaccinated people should still wear a…

Strong economic growth continues in the region

OMAHA, Neb. – A new monthly survey of business leaders suggests that strong economic growth will continue over the next few months in nine Midwest and Plains states as businesses continue to recover from the pandemic. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey, said businesses in the area have recovered about half of the roughly 120,000 jobs lost…

Update: Crews stop wildfire from spreading into Medora

BISMARCK, N.D. – Firefighters have stopped a wildfire from spreading in the western North Dakota tourist town of Medora, where its 100 residents were forced to evacuate. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damaged structures in the community, which is just outside Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Crews spared the Burning Hills Amphitheatre, home to the Medora Musical. The…

Six apply to fill vacant Moorhead City Council seat

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – Six residents have applied to fill the ward 2 City Council seat. The opening was created after former Mayor Johnathon Judd was appointed to a district court judge position in January by Governor Tim Walz. The City Council later appointed Ward 2 Council Member Shelly Carlson to be mayor. The applicants for the Ward 2 City…

North Dakota National Guard on standby for wildfire response

Grassland fire. Richland County, N.D.BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – Gov. Doug Burgum has placed the North Dakota National Guard on standby to provide help if additional resources are needed to respond to a growing number of wildfires. In the event a statewide emergency is declared, the order enables National Guard members to support local, tribal, federal and state firefighting efforts.  It…