Author: Jim Monk

South Dakota Supreme Court rules against pot legalization

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld a lower court’s ruling that nullified a voter-passed amendment to the state constitution that would have legalized recreational marijuana use. Gov. Kristi Noem instigated the legal fight to strike down the amendment passed by voters in November. The Republican governor opposed marijuana legalization, but her administration argued in court that…

Avian flu in Minnesota turkey flock not a risk to public

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Health officials say a strain of avian flu confirmed in a commercial turkey flock in southern Minnesota does not pose a risk to the public and there are no food safety concerns for consumers. The state Board of Animal Health says routine testing discovered low pathogenic avian influenza at a farm in Kandiyohi County. The board…

North Dakota outlines plan to restore native grasslands

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has outlined a plan to bring landowners, conservation groups, scientists, and others together to restore native grasslands. The agency says North Dakota has lost more than 70% of its native prairie, which is essential for wildlife, pollinators, ranching operations and communities. The Meadowlark Initiative allows producers to plant marginal cropland…

Biden asks federal appeals court to reinstate vaccine mandate

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Biden administration is asking the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals to wipe away an order from another appeals court blocking its Occupational Safety and Health Administration vaccine mandate. Several lawsuits were brought challenging the OSHA mandate, and last week the cases were consolidated in the 6th Circuit. Before the cases were consolidated, the 5th US…

North Dakota employers ready to hire Afghan refugees

FARGO (KVRR/KFGO) – Some North Dakota employers are jumping at the opportunity to partner with Afghan refugees to fill thousands of job openings in the state. Dan Hannaher, Field Director for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service North Dakota, says North Dakota is expected to settle 49 Afghan refugees. He says the Afghan Placement and Assistance program has the attention of…

Moorhead underpass project nearing completion

1/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Show Caption Hide Caption MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – The city of Moorhead says construction on the Main Ave. underpass, near 20th and 21st Streets is approximately 88% complete and is expected to open to traffic next June. The BNSF and Otter Tail Valley Railroad tracks are completed and operational….

Watch: Cousins surprises Vikings fans on Twin Cities freeway

Gotta love @KirkCousins8 pic.twitter.com/f7hNX6Ct2D — Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) November 22, 2021 MINNEAPOLIS (KVRR) – Following the Vikings’ victory over the Green Bay Packers Sunday, quarterback Kirk Cousins acknowledged a van full of Vikings fans during his commute on a Twin Cities area highway. The Vikings shared Cousins’ social media post, showing Cousins giving a “thumbs up” as he pulls alongside…

Glasser Images ordered to preserve websites; owes $25K in rent

BISMARCK, N.D. – A judge has ordered Glasser Images to preserve its websites as the North Dakota Attorney General’s Office investigates the abrupt closure of the Bismarck photography studio last month. The business also is facing a possible eviction from its downtown location for owing $25,000 in rent and late fees. Glasser Images photographed weddings throughout the Dakotas, Minnesota and…