Author: Jim Monk

Man killed in Long Prairie shooting was from Perham

LONG PRAIRIE, Minn. (KVRR/KDLM) – Authorities in Todd County have identified a man who died after he was shot early Sunday. Thirty-three-year-old Antonio Francis Rodriguez Fortes of Perham died early Sunday morning due to multiple gunshot wounds. Two other people were shot and remain hospitalized, their names have not been released. Deputies arrived shortly after 3:30 a.m. Sunday when they…

Sanford in ‘crisis’ as COVID-19 cases surge during critical shortage of nurses

Sanford needs up to 300 nurses in the Fargo region immediately

FARGO (KVRR) – A vice-president at Sanford Health in Fargo says a growing number of unvaccinated COVID-19 patients have created a crisis for health care workers across the region. “We really are in a crisis” according to Sanford Medical Officer Dr. Doug Griffin.  “Hospitals across the region are full with COVID and non-COVID patients. Here in Fargo, we are probably…

Most of northern Minnesota wildfire contained

Greenwood Fire (Fox9)ISABELLA, Minn. – Authorities say a vast majority of the Greenwood Lake wildfire in northern Minnesota is contained, one month after lightning ignited the blaze in the Superior National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service reported that the nearly 27,000-acre fire was 67% contained as of Sunday morning. The Forest Service had said last week that the fire was…

Judge bans Fargo contractor from working in North Dakota

Wayne StenehjemFARGO (KVRR/KFGO) – Following legal action by the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, on September 3, A Cass County District Court judge has banned contractor Steve Mitchell, doing business as FM Mechanical, from doing business in North Dakota after finding that Mitchell had violated consumer fraud and licensing laws. The judge found that Mitchell was operating without a contractor’s…

Grand Forks police say powerful opiate making rounds

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The Grand Forks Police Department has issued a warning about a powerful illegal opiate making the rounds locally. Officers say they responded to numerous narcotics-related drug overdoses Saturday evening, including a death. Police say people were using what they believed to be heroin and began overdosing.  Immediate medical intervention was needed to revive them. Police say…

Police identify man killed in motorcycle crash

DILWORTH, Minn. (KVRR/KFGO) – Dilworth police have released the name of a Dilworth man who died in a car-motorcycle crash over the  Labor Day weekend.  He was 33-year-old Joshua Johnson. The motorcycle Johnson was riding hit a vehicle that was westbound on Highway 10 at about 2:00 p.m. on Sunday Sept. 5. Police say Johnson was dead when he arrived at…

Fireworks explosion injures one in Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. – One person was injured in an explosion during a fireworks display in southeast Bismarck.  It created a dense cloud of black smoke that could be seen throughout the city. Bismarck Rural Fire Chief Dustin Theurer says fireworks or an explosive ordnance was the “likely” cause of Saturday’s explosion. Authorities didn’t immediately offer other details on what happened or…

Fargo BLM activist dies, death not considered suspicious

Anyiwei MaciekFARGO (KVRR/KFGO) – An organizer of the George Floyd-inspired march in Fargo on May 30 of last year has died.  Anyiwei Maciek died unexpectedly in Fargo. Black Lives Matter activist Faith Dixon says she and others who are part of the local movement are heartbroken.  Dixon says Maciek had a one-year-old daughter and other family in Fargo-Moorhead. Dixon and other…

South Dakota House leader renews call for impeaching Ravnsborg

Jason RavnsborgSIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota lawmakers are being asked to call a special session to consider impeaching the attorney general for his conduct in a car crash that killed a pedestrian last year. In a statement, the House Speaker, House Republican leader and House Democratic leader laid out a process to evaluate impeaching Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, but…

Slight improvement in North Dakota drought conditions

BISMARCK, N.D. – A tiny section of North Dakota has been dropped from all drought categories, marking the first time since the beginning of the year that the entire state wasn’t in some stage of drought. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows the southeastern tip of Richland County is not considered to be in any of the five stages of drought….