Author: Jim Monk

Transgender sports bill heads to Gov. Burgum’s desk

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – A bill to require North Dakota public grade school and high school athletes to compete in sports according to their birth gender is on its way to Gov. Doug Burgum’s desk. Grand Forks Democratic Sen. JoNell Bakke said the measure is meant to address a problem that doesn’t exist. “We are interfering in a personal issue…

Tattoo artist accused of spray painting businesses acquitted

BISMARCK, N.D. – A tattoo artist accused of spray painting his logo on some businesses in Bismarck has been acquitted of felony criminal mischief. The prosecutor who handled the case against 33-year-old Richard Hudson was scolded by the judge during the trial and was fired before hearing the verdict. Hudson was accused of painting the word CRAN, which is his…

UPDATE: Closing arguments set for Monday in Chauvin trial

(Court TV, via AP, Pool)MINNEAPOLIS – The defense at the murder trial of former Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd has rested its case without putting Chauvin on the stand. The defense called witnesses over the course of two days.  The prosecution took two weeks to present its case. Chauvin informed the court Thursday that he will…

Biden to remove U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September 11

U.S. Army soldiers in AfghanistanWASHINGTON – President Joe Biden says he will withdraw the remaining U.S. troops from Afghanistan and end America’s longest war by Sept.11. Biden said that the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which were coordinated from Afghanistan, cannot justify American forces still being there 20 years after the deadliest terror assault on the United States. NATO’s chief said the…

North Dakota House okays amended transgender sports bill

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – The North Dakota House has passed an amended version of a bill that would require grade school and high school athletes to compete in sports according to their birth gender. That’s how the House originally passed HB 1298. The Senate made it into a study. But in conference committee, the House language was added back, and…

Minnesota cop charged in shooting of Black motorist

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. – A Minnesota prosecutor says he will charge a white former suburban Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot 20-year-old Black motorist Daunte Wright during a traffic stop. Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said Wednesday that Kim Potter will be charged with second-degree manslaughter. The charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison. Orput’s announcement…

Expert blames George Floyd’s death on heart problem

MINNEAPOLIS – A retired forensic pathologist says George Floyd died from a sudden heart rhythm problem due to his heart disease while being restrained by police officers, not because former Officer Derek Chauvin kept his knee in Floyd’s neck. Dr. David Fowler is a retired forensic pathologist and former chief medical examiner for the state of Maryland. He testified Wednesday…

KFGO radio icon Tom Wynn dies at 83

FARGO (KVRR/KFGO) – Legendary KFGO radio broadcaster Tom Wynn has died. Wynn, who retired from KFGO in July 2017, passed away in the Twin Cities where he had moved last June to be closer to family. Wynn hosted “Tom Wynn & Friends” with Bonnie Amistadi and Doug Leier until his retirement. Prior to that, Wynn partnered with the late Larry…

North Dakota Senate OKs bill to prohibit state from issuing mask mandates

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota’s Republican-led Senate has endorsed a measure that would prohibit the state mandating face coverings. Senators approved the bill Wednesday, but amended it to give local governments, schools and employers the option of requiring masks. The measure now goes back to the House for review of the Senate amendment. Bill sponsor GOP Rep. Jeff Hoverson and…