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Done Deal? A Preview of KVRR’s Special Report on the Star Lake Casino Project

Some county leaders say the project is vital in attracting people to relocate to the county

OTTER TAIL COUNTY, Minn. — A new Shooting Star casino location is proposed on an undeveloped part of Star Lake in rural Otter Tail County. The project is raising concerns and leaving questions unanswered from within the White Earth Nation and from the Otter Tail community. Some county leaders say the project is vital in attracting people to relocate to…

Early Voting Begins on Fargo Public Schools Mill Levy

The school district currently has a general fund levy of 127 mills

FARGO, N.D. — Early voting is underway in the Fargo Public Schools Mill Levy election. Voting began this morning at Baymont Inn in Fargo. The general election is Tuesday, March 7. The school district currently has a general fund levy of 127 mills. A “YES” vote will allow the district to receive tax dollars based on the true assessed value…

Minnesota Preps for Budget Surplus

Gov. Dayton says he expects the projected $1.4 billion surplus from November to remain mostly unchanged

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota lawmakers are getting ready for a new estimate on the state’s expected budget surplus. Tuesday’s forecast will allow lawmakers to begin divvying up the state’s funds in a variety of competing areas. Gov. Dayton says he expects the projected $1.4 billion surplus from November to remain mostly unchanged. Dayton has said he wants to…

Minnesota Sunday Liquor Sales Hits Slight Snag

The Senate proposes a change to the House's time period that liquor sales can be done

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Prohibition-era ban on Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota will soon be a thing of the past. The Senate has voted 38-28 to repeal the state’s long-standing ban. Governor Dayton has said that he will sign the bill. However, it’s not headed to his desk just yet. The Senate bill restricts Sunday liquor sales to…

Cox-Sever Makes Plea Deal in Two-Year-Old Bogus Bomb Threat Case

His threats forced flights from Virginia to Chicago and from Minneapolis to Dickinson to make emergency landings

  NORTH DAKOTA — A flight attendant accused of making bogus bomb threats on two Skywest flights in 2015 has signed a plea deal to avoid trial. Justin Cox-Sever, 23, of Tempe, Arizona, is expected to plead guilty to four of the five charges against him related to interfering with an aircraft. Prosecutors will drop a fifth count, reducing the…

Two More Stores Close at West Acres, Brings Total Number of Closures to 11

Family Christian and Wet Seal now make the total number of stores to leave the West Acres Mall within the last year and a half to 11, as we first reported in January of this year

  FARGO, N.D. —¬†Two more stores located in the West Acres Mall announce they are closing their doors. Family Christian Store¬†Announces Closure Family Christian Store is closing all of its 240 stores across the country saying it is due to changing consumer behavior and declining sales. The president of the company said the last two years have been difficult for…

Downtown Bar Crawl Helps Charity Replace Damaged Supplies

The first-ever Diaper Crawl helped the YWCA replace flood-damaged goods

FARGO, N.D. — Diapers and beer…who would’ve thought? A pipe at YWCA Cass-Clay malfunctioned, and the entire shelter flooded, which ruined many of their supplies. Surly Brewing Company saw a need to help them refill their items by holding a diaper crawl. For every item donated, a person earned one free surly beer ticket, which could be used at one…

JCPenney Closing More Than 100 Stores Nationwide

Retail company takes action to focus on online sales

NATIONAL — JCPenney executives announce they are closing nearly 140 stores nationwide in an effort to slash company costs. Officials with the department store chain say they are offering about 6,000 employees a buyout with an “early retirement program.” They say they want to focus more on improving the company’s online sales in order to compete with other retailers. Two…

‘Coffee With Cramer’ Boils Over

Hundreds filled Beans Coffee House for Congressmen Cramer's first town hall style meeting in Fargo since Trump took office

FARGO, N.D. — A contentious “Coffee With Cramer” event in Fargo. North Dakota Republican Congressmen Kevin Cramer faced many frustrated people who have questions about the nation’s future. “Make wall street accountable. We’ve had the worst recession in 50 years,” yelled one frustrated woman. “That’s the reason we have so many people on food stamps,” exclaimed another man in the…