Author: Jim Monk

Number of speeders who exceed 100 mph doubled in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KVRR) – The Minnesota State Patrol says there was “an alarming increase” in the number of drivers going 100 mph or more in 2020. Last year, state troopers wrote 1,068 citations to drivers traveling more than 100 mph.  That compares to 533 in citations in 2019, a 100% increase. The top speed was 153 mph for a citation…

COVID restrictions move hockey tournament from St. Paul to Grand Forks

COLORADO SPRINGS (KVRR) – The National Collegiate Hockey Conference will hold its championship from March 12-16 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks. “Due to continued challenges with COVID-19, we are forced to alter the structure and location of the 2021 NCHC Tournament. Circumstances surrounding travel, testing, and fan attendance made the traditional format difficult to complete,” NCHC Commissioner…

Another vehicle stolen with child inside

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Another vehicle has been stolen in the Twin Cities with a child inside. This time it happened at a Walgreens store in St. Paul on Sunday evening. Police say the woman who owns the car left the vehicle idling with a 6-year-old girl inside while she shopped. Officers found the car abandoned a couple blocks away…

Board to take action on contract of former West Fargo teacher under investigation

Ronald ThompsonWEST FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – The West Fargo School Board on Monday is scheduled to take action on the contract of high school teacher Ronald Thompson. Thompson resigned on Feb. 2 after police served a warrant.  He had been a teacher at Sheyenne and West Fargo High Schools. “After meeting with the police department, Mr. Thompson chose to submit…

Lawmakers reverse course on Sunday morning booze bill

BISMARCK (KVRR/KCND) – The North Dakota Senate has changed its mind and voted to allow alcohol sales in bars and restaurants beginning at 8 a.m. Sundays. Currently, sales are allowed after 11 am Sunday. Mandan Republican Senator Doug Larsen argued in favor of the bill. “This could allow a business to serve a crew that works a graveyard shift. An…

Walz activates National Guard for trials of former cops involved in death of George Floyd

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KVRR) – Gov. Tim Walz has authorized the Minnesota National Guard to provide public safety assistance to the Twin Cities area during the upcoming trials of four former officers involved in the death of George Floyd. The governor says members of the Guard “will be visible and available as needed as public interest increases surrounding the trials.”…

Sheriff identifies Ottertail man killed in crash with train

OTTERTAIL, Minn. – Sheriff’s officials says the pickup driver who was killed in a collision with a freight train in Otter Tail County was a local man. Sixty-year-old Joseph Lyle Mack, from Ottertail, died Thursday morning at a crossing southeast of the city. The pickup was struck on the passenger side by a northbound Canadian Pacific train. Mack was dead…

House committee turns ‘Spaghettios Bill’ into meal expense study

BISMARCK, N.D. – A proposal to reimburse North Dakota lawmakers for meals beyond their per diem payments could be included in a longer-term study of overall expense reimbursements. Republican Rep. Keith Kempenich introduced a bill Thursday that would reimburse state lawmakers from outside Bismarck for meals on days when they’re in session. A legislative estimate says the bill, called the…

Senate approves measure to limit Burgum’s declarations

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Senate has endorsed legislation that would limit emergency or disaster declarations by a governor and allow the Legislature more oversight of executive branch action. The bill was passed along party lines on Thursday. All seven Democrats in the Senate opposed the measure.  It now heads to the House. The legislation was inspired by a rash…

Minnesota discourages Super Bowl parties, recommends masks when gathering

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesotans planning to hold Super Bowl parties are being urged to think again, even though the state’s coronavirus numbers are improving. Kris Ehresmann, infectious disease director at the Minnesota Department of Health, says this is probably not the year to have a big Super Bowl party. She says fans who ignore the advice and gather anyway for the…