Author: Jim Monk

Fire emergency & burn ban declared in Cass County

FARGO (KVRR) – Due to unusually dry conditions, a burn ban is in effect in Cass County. The Cass County Commission declared a fire emergency and approved the burn ban Tuesday.  It will remain in effect until April 6. The ban includes garbage/pit fires, the burning of farmland, cropland and ditches and the use of fire to demolish structures. Residential…

North Dakota House approves amended Ten Commandments bill

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – The North Dakota House passed a bill that allows public schools to display the Ten Commandments. The bill was amended to say the Ten Commandments would be displayed as part of a display of historical documents. Supporters say the amendment would help the bill survive a legal challenge.  Opponents have said the issue would likely end up…

NDSU president defends ties to Planned Parenthood

ndsu/planned parenthood Dean Bresciani Dean Bresciani FARGO – The president of North Dakota State University says he won’t bow to political pressure or sanctions against the school for having ties to Planned Parenthood. University President Dean Bresciani says “it’s a matter of academic freedom.” The Legislature is pushing to prohibit the school from funneling federal grant money to Planned Parenthood…

Squad car damaged by gunshots in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – Authorities in Duluth are investigating after a Minnesota State trooper’s squad car was damaged by gunshots. Police say the trooper was conducting a commercial vehicle inspection Monday when the vehicle’s driver’s side window was struck and shattered. Investigators said it appears the window was struck twice with projectiles consistent with a BB or pellet gun. No one…

Update: Tuesday assault in West Fargo not related to earlier incidents

WEST FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Precautionary lockdowns were ordered at four West Fargo schools Tuesday morning while police responded to a report of an aggravated assault. The assault was reported  in the area of 9th St. and 13th Ave. E. The suspect was seen running eastbound from the scene. West Fargo High School, Willow Park Elementary School, Eastwood Elementary  and…

Maple syrup boiler fire destroys Otter Tail County home

VERGAS, Minn. (KVRR/KFGO) – A home was destroyed by fire near Vergas, Minn. Monday. The fire at 50771 East Lake Seven Rd. was reported shortly after 5 p.m. The investigation determined the fire started from a maple syrup boiler in the driveway that spread to the house.  There were no injuries. The Vergas Fire Dept, was assisted by fire departments…

Fargo Park District loses park police officer position

Fargo Park DistrictFARGO (KVRR) – The Fargo Park District no longer has a police officer who works exclusively on park-related enforcement matters. Executive Director Dave Leker says the changes were made earlier this month by Fargo Police Chief  Dave Zibolski. Leker says Zibolski prefers a department-wide approach to patrolling the parks, rather than limiting the job to a single officer….

Harwood fire made difficult by windy conditions

HARWOOD FIRE 2 HARWOOD FIRE 1 HARWOOD, N.D. (KVRR) – Firefighters from several communities are on the scene of a fire in Harwood, North Dakota. Multiple fire crews including from Harwood and West Fargo spent the afternoon fighting a shop fire on the 3100 block of 165th Avenue SE in very windy conditions. Crews say the fire was possibly caused…