Author: Jim Monk

Man who toppled Columbus statue in St. Paul will avoid jail

ST. PAUL, Minn. – An activist who knocked over a Christopher Columbus statue on state Capitol grounds during a rally over the death of George Floyd will not serve jail time. A plea agreement finalized Monday between prosecutors and defense attorney states that Mike Forcia must perform 100 hours of community service, write a letter acknowledging the damage he caused…

Fargo domestic assault victim has life-threatening injuries

Cody PlumleeFARGO (KVRR) – Fargo police say the victim of a domestic assault was taken to a hospital Monday night with life-threatening injuries. Police were called to 702 26 St. N. at 10:47 p.m.  When they arrived, the victim was unconscious. Twenty-seven-year-old Cody Plumlee was arrested for aggravated domestic assault, burglary, fleeing in a vehicle, and theft of a motor…

Line 3 opponents gather near pipeline construction site in northern Minnesota

PALISADE, Minn. (KVRR) – Activists opposed to the construction of Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 pipeline gathered near one of the construction sites in northern Minnesota Monday. RISE Coalition organizer Nancy Beaulieu says members of the Red Lake, White Earth and Leech Lake Tribes were among those participating. Demonstrators lit a campfire and played Native American music. There were no reports…

Expert says death penalty opponent Biden will have options to consider for Rodriguez

President-elect Biden wants to eliminate the death penalty

FARGO (KVRR) – Could the death sentence of Alfonso Rodriguez, the man convicted of the 2003 kidnapping and murder of University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin, be overturned by the Biden administration? President-elect Joe Biden has said that he opposes the death penalty and will work on legislation to eliminate the death penalty and incentivize states to abolish the…

Heitkamp remains on list for agriculture secretary

WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden’s choices for secretary of agriculture are as diverse as the department of 100,000 employees that he or she would represent. The choice is especially critical this year as USDA provides extra aid for the hungry and oversees food production amid the pandemic. For Biden, the emerging choice between Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio, former Sen….

Human trafficking charges filed in North Dakota prostitution investigation

BISMARCK, N.D. – Two of the three people charged with facilitating prostitution following a raid on spas in Bismarck and Dickinson are facing additional charges of human trafficking. Sixty-five-year-old Lance Jacobson and 56-year-old Jiang Jennings were charged with sexual servitude and human trafficking felonies. Jacobson and Jennings were earlier charged with facilitating prostitution after an investigation that led to a…