Author: Jim Monk

UND task force releases diversity, inclusion recommendations

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (KVRR) – Following several months of discussions, the University of North Dakota’s Diversion and Inclusion Task Force has released a list of recommendations to promote a “welcoming, safe and inclusive campus.” According to UND, the report is the result of months of research and discussions conducted by the task force, a 27-member body comprising the Campus Community…

Christmas tree fire destroys mobile home in Moorhead

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR/KFGO) – A Christmas tree fire destroyed a mobile home at Moorhead Estates at 1224 15th Avenue North. Fire Dept. Capt. Todd Church said most of the mobile home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene shortly after 11:30 p.m Tuesday.  Crews were able to gain entry to the rear half of the mobile home for…

Minnesota sees 3,570 new COVID-19 cases, 22 more deaths

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health officials reported a decline in newly confirmed COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. State health officials are cautioning against reading too much into short-term fluctuations after the extended holiday weekend. The Minnesota Department of Health reported 3,570 new coronavirus cases and 22 new deaths, figures that are low by standards of recent weeks. The lower numbers…

Update: North Dakota lawmakers approve temporary mask mandate for members

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota lawmakers decided to require masks at the state Capitol. for the three-day organizational session. The vote is supported by legislative leaders but opposed by far-right members of the Republican-controlled Legislature. House Majority Leader Chet Pollert and Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner told reporters Tuesday they support a mask mandate at Capitol legislative spaces to help…

City Commission okays pandemic relief for Fargo businesses

FARGO (KVRR/KFGO) – Fargo City Commissioners have approved a motion to assist bars, restaurants, retail, and ancillary businesses impacted by the pandemic. It will be targeted relief, beyond what the state and federal governments provide. Commissioners will look at a number of possibilities. That could include waiving next year’s liquor license fees, adjusting utility bills, and property tax reductions. Assistant…

As North Dakota COVID-19 deaths rise, active cases plummet

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – The North Dakota Department of Health on Tuesday reported 27 additional deaths from COVID-19. There are currently 5,686 active cases in the state, a decrease of 791 since Monday. 319 people are hospitalized. Cass County reported the largest number of new cases with 169.   BY THE NUMBERS  3,347 – Total Tests from Yesterday* 1,147,587 – Total…

Confidence in Midwest economy drops in survey

OMAHA, Neb. – A new monthly survey of business leaders in nine Midwest and Plains states suggests faltering confidence in the region’s economy. After climbing every month since bottoming out in April, the overall index of the Creighton University Mid-America Business Conditions survey fell to 69.0 in November from October’s 70.2. Any score above 50 on the survey’s indexes suggests…

Minneapolis mayor, police chief oppose police budget cuts

Police Chief Medaria ArradondoMINNEAPOLIS – Minneapolis’ mayor and police chief are speaking out against a proposal to cut the police department’s budget by nearly $8 million. Mayor Jacob Frey says the cuts would be irresponsible in a year that saw rising violent crime and the departures of dozens of police officers. Demands for change to the Minneapolis Police Department have…