Author: Jim Monk

Police make arrest in connection with downtown Fargo gunshots

FARGO (KVRR) – Fargo police say a suspect was arrested Wednesday in connection with reports of several gunshots heard downtown early Sunday. “As a result of an in-depth investigation over the past several days that involved reviewing downtown cameras and speaking with witnesses, detectives arrested Alexis Araiza, 24 years old of Fargo, for Terrorizing and Felony Reckless Endangerment. Police say…

Gazelka joins governor’s race, attacks Walz on pandemic

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Republican state Sen. Paul Gazelka has joined the Minnesota governor’s race. He’s accusing Democratic Gov. Tim Walz of failed leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and the unrest that followed George Floyd’s death last summer. Gazelka said at the state Capitol on Wednesday that Walz’s shutdowns bankrupted many small businesses and restaurants, and failed a generation of…

What’s next? Former U.S. Attorney outlines possibilities after judge overturns Rodriguez death penalty

Drew WrigleyFARGO (KVRR) – The man who led the prosecution in the death penalty case against Alfonso Rodriguez, Jr. says now that a federal judge has overturned Rodriguez’s death sentence, the government’s next move will likely be decided at “the top levels of the Justice Department.” “On a case like this, I would imagine that the Solicitor General of the…

Fargo police begin training on use of body cameras

FARGO (KVRR/KFGO) – Fargo police officers begin training Wednesday with new body cameras, which are expected to be ready for street use soon.  In October, the in-car video and interview room video will be integrated into the same camera system. Police Chief David Zibolski says those with the rank of lieutenant and below will be equipped with body cameras. The…

Man dies in fiery crash in northwestern North Dakota

POWERS LAKE, N.D.- A 75-year-old man has died after a fiery crash in northwestern North Dakota. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the crash happened on Sunday night about four miles south of Powers Lake. The man was in a pickup truck when he drifted into a ditch and struck a grove of bushes. The man tried to back up…

Body of fisherman recovered from river in Mandan

MANDAN, N.D. – Mandan police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in the Heart River. Deputy Chief Lori Flaten says the body of the 32-year-old man was found in the river Monday morning. He has not been identified. A bicyclist spotted the body in the river near the Sitting Bull Bridge on Highway 1806 in…

Judge rejects Minneapolis ballot language on policing

MINNEAPOLIS – A judge has struck down ballot language that aimed to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new agency, saying the wording was misleading and unworkable. Judge Jamie Anderson issued the order Tuesday just ahead of a deadline for ballots to go to the printer. The language approved by the City Council would have asked voters whether to…