Author: TJ Nelson

North Dakota Request For Major Disaster Declaration Approved

It'll make federal assistance available under the Federal Emergency Management Agency

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  President Trump has approved North Dakota’s request for a major disaster declaration due to fall flooding and the early snowstorm. It’ll make federal assistance available under the Federal Emergency Management Agency. An estimated $10 million in damage was done to public infrastructure from a three-day October storm and flooding. The declaration covers 16 counties: Barnes, Eddy, Foster,…

Semi Driver Pulls Rig In Path of Slow-Moving BNSF Train

The BNSF train was only going between 5 and 10 miles per hour

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — For the second time in about a week, a vehicle drives into the path of a slow-moving train in Grand Forks. This time it was a semi driven by 31-year-old Travis Bitker of Bemidji. Police say Bitker was driving through the yard of the State Mill at the time of the crash. The BNSF train was…

Downtown Snow Removal Costly For City And Those With Towed Vehicles

Public Works Supervisor Lee Anderson says they can't "mess around" dealing with vehicles hampering their work

FARGO, N.D. — Snow removal continues in downtown Fargo and it’s costing $20,000 each day just for the trucks hauling it all out. Tow trucks were busy early Monday morning removing vehicles left on the street as plows cleared the snow. It can cost upwards of $100 or more to get your vehicle out of the impound lot. Public Works…

New York Times Endorses Two Presidential Candidates Including Sen. Amy Klobuchar

The Editorial Board is getting behind Klobuchar and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren

NEW YORK CITY — In a first in the 150 years of the New York Times, the paper is endorsing two candidates for president. The Editorial Board is getting behind Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, both Democrats. They were chosen after meeting with nine contenders and hours of questioning. Of Klobuchar, the Board wrote that her…

52nd Avenue South & 19th Avenue North Both Open To Traffic

Crews had to bring out the big guns to get 52nd back in good driving condition

FARGO, N.D. — It was simply a mess. A portion of 52nd Avenue South in Fargo which was closed down for days is now open to vehicles. Crews had to bring out the big guns to get 52nd back in good driving condition. They used a giant snowblower to cut through snow that blocked the road between 45th Street South…

House In Rural Fairmount, North Dakota Destroyed By Fire

no one was home at the time of the fire and there are no injuries

RICHLAND CO., N.D. — A rural Fairmount, North Dakota house is destroyed by fire. Numerous crews responded after getting the call around 8 Sunday morning to 9725 179th Avenue Southeast. Richland County Sheriff’s Office officials say no one was home at the time of the fire and there are no injuries. The fire spread to a nearby outbuilding and was…

Detroit Lakes Drug Bust Lands Three People From Chicago Behind Bars

a search turned up 196 grams of heroin, 2 grams of cocaine and nearly $6,300 in cash

BECKER CO., Minn. — Three Chicago people were arrested in a drug bust in Detroit Lakes earlier this month. Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander says a state patrol trooper pulled over a vehicle and a search turned up 196 grams of heroin, 2 grams of cocaine and nearly $6,300 in cash. 38-year old David Verner, 57-year-old Vincent Verner, and 38-year…

Moorhead Public Service GM Stepping Down Over New Appointment To Commission

Bill Schwandt says his last day on the job will be January 27

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The longtime general manager of Moorhead Public Service is stepping down.   Bill Schwandt says his last day on the job will be January 27. Schwandt says he’s resigning because he believes city councilor Heidi Durand’s appointment to the Moorhead Public Service Commission creates a conflict of interest. He says how can you sit on both sides…

Code Red Issued for Chaffee, North Dakota Due To Individual In Crisis

People are asked to stay clear of the area

CHAFFEE, N.D. — An individual in crisis has authorities issuing a Code Red in rural Chaffee, North Dakota, about 40 minutes west of the metro. Cass County Sheriff’s Office says the individual is dealing with a mental health crisis. They ask that everyone stay clear of the area until the situation is resolved. Sheriff Jesse Jahner is on-scene and will…

U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Advances Through More Senate Committees

Sen. John Hoeven says USMCA will provide much needed certainty for our agriculture, energy and other industries

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Our local congressional delegations are praising the advancement of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the trade deal. It has also been approved by the Finance, Energy and Public Works and Budget committees. Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; Commerce and the Foreign Relations committees still have to weigh in before going to the full…