Author: Jim Monk

Update: Documents accuse North Dakota lawmaker of offensive behavior

BISMARCK, N.D. – Lawyers for the North Dakota Legislature have documented allegations of sexual harassment and threats against them and others by a Republican lawmaker and have forwarded a file to legislative leaders for potential action that may lead to possible censure or expulsion. Redacted documents outlining an alleged pattern of sexually aggressive, lewd, and threatening behavior by Dickinson Rep….

Update: Eight students charged after fight at Carl Ben Eielson Middle School

FARGO – Eight juveniles have been referred to juvenile court in connection with a fight at Carl Ben Eielson Middle School. Fargo police say a school resource officer was assaulted when the officer and school staff members tried to separate the students involved. “All juveniles blatantly disregarded all verbal commands by the SRO and school staff to stop fighting” according…

Vaccine doses surpass 200,000 in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – Gov. Doug Burgum says North Dakota has reached a COVID-19 vaccination milestone, surpassing 200,000 administered doses. Burgum says more than 16% of the state’s residents have received at least one dose of vaccine and 9% have received 2 doses. “Grateful to everyone giving and receiving the vaccine to protect themselves, their families and their communities” Burgum…

A mister no more: Mr. Potato Head goes gender neutral

NEW YORK  – Mr. Potato Head is no longer a mister. Hasbro, the company that makes the potato-shaped plastic toy, is giving the spud a gender neutral new name: Potato Head. The change will appear on boxes this year. Toy makers have been updating their classic brands to appeal to kids today. Barbie has shed its blonde image and now…

Father accused of injuring infant son sentenced to probation

BISMARCK, N.D. – A Bismarck father accused of abusing his infant son has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to a reduced charge. Twenty-five-year-old Harley Peltier was charged in August with child abuse after authorities responded to a call from a babysitter who said the baby wasn’t breathing. The boy was resuscitated and eventually was taken to a Fargo…

State asks Minnesota families to get tested every 2 weeks

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota public health officials are asking families to get tested for the coronavirus every two weeks from now until the end of the school year, in an effort to limit impact of the disease. The state Department of Health Campaign is asking families, health professionals, schools and youth organizations to help encourage regular COVID-19 testing. State officials say…

Update: Former West Fargo teacher admitted chatting online with ‘multiple females’

Ronald ThompsonWEST FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – A former West Fargo teacher who suddenly resigned earlier this month is accused of soliciting a minor by computer. Fifty-eight-year-old Ronald Thompson has been charged with one count of luring a minor by computer or other electronic means. West Fargo Police Chief Denis Otterness says investigators received a tip from an out-of-state investigator on…

Drug pipeline brought ‘tens of millions of dollars’ of narcotics to North Dakota

FARGO – Federal authorities say they are investigating a drug pipeline that involves moving the powerful opioid fentanyl and other painkillers from the Detroit area to three Native American reservations in North Dakota. U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley says the operation involves “tens of millions of dollars” of narcotics and thus far has targeted 22 defendants from Michigan and eight from…

Six-year-old girl dies in snowmobile crash

FEDERAL DAM, Minn. – A six-year-old girl who was a passenger on a snowmobile died when the machine crashed on the shores of Leech Lake in northwestern Minnesota. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says a 35-year-old woman was driving the snowmobile in the yard of their residence in Federal Dam Monday afternoon. The snowmobile struck a stump, launched down an…