North Dakota News

Mandan Officer-Involved Fatal Shooting “Justified”

Prosecutors say Sgt. Nickolas Pynnonen "tried everything in his power to stop'' the shooting from occurring

  MANDAN, ND — A prosecutor has concluded that an officer-involved shooting in Mandan was justified. A Mandan Police spokesman says the shooting death of ex-Marine Ivan Wilson was a tragic example of an officer trying to avoid pulling his gun. He said Sgt. Nickolas Pynnonen “tried everything in his power to stop” the shooting from occurring. A former classmate…

Vector Control Spraying for Mosquitoes in Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead

Vector Control will be spraying areas in the metro to get rid of mosquitoes

WEST FARGO, ND — You might have noticed more pesky mosquitoes in your backyard. That’s why spraying is planned for tonight in the metro. According to Cass County Vector Control, there’s been an increase in nuisance mosquitoes over the last 48 hours. Starting at 8 p.m., there will be at least 27 pickups riding through Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead and…

North Dakota Ranchers Dealing with Deadly Algae Killing Their Livestock

She says it finds its way in the animal's drinking water and can kill livestock within five minutes of it being consumed

NORTH DAKOTA — Livestock specialists say the drought conditions are causing the spread of a type of algae deadly to livestock. Miranda Meheen says cyanobacteria caused the death of at least six livestock animals in North Dakota. Many of these deaths go unreported. She says it finds its way in the animal’s drinking water and can kill livestock within five…

West Fargo Family of Six Escapes Burning Home

Within minutes, firefighters arrived on scene and battled the blaze until about four this morning

WEST FARGO, ND — A West Fargo family of six was able to escape after fire breaks out and flames fully engulf their house. As this house went up in flames this morning, neighbors say they’ve never seen anything so terrifying. West Fargo Firefighter Perry McClellan was on his way home at about 1 a.m. when he spotted flames coming from…

Senator Heitkamp Asking Ranchers be Given Tax Break Due to Drought

The deferment would be for a two year period on the sale of cattle

  NORTH DAKOTA — Senator Heitkamp has asked the IRS commissioner to allow ranchers to defer paying capital gains tax due to the drought. The deferment would be for a two year period on the sale of cattle. The action is being requested due to the ongoing severe drought which has stretched for months across nearly half of the state….

Senator Hoeven Says GOP Health Care Bill Needs Improvement

He is just the latest member of his party to criticize their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare

  GRAND FORKS, ND — Sen. John Hoeven says he “doesn’t support” the current GOP health care bill. The Republican made the comment during a discussion Wednesday at UND. He is just the latest member of his party to criticize their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Hoeven said he’s hopeful that the legislation can be improved to lower premium…

Man Under Arrest After Pulling Knife On Deputies, Kicking and Spitting

23-year old James CJ Decoteau is under arrest and jailed at the Cass County Courthouse.

CASS COUNTY, ND — A man was arrested for kicking and spitting on an unoccupied squad car in Casselton. Cass County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 23 year-old James “CJ” Decoteau just before midnight. They say he yelled obscenities and spit on the vehicle parked at the Casselton Law Enforcement Center. Decoteau pulled out a knife when deputies approached him but he…

Prairie Roots “Soft Opening” Welcomes Hundreds of Customers

The first food co-op in Fargo is officially open for business

FARGO, ND — Owners said the future is bright for Prairie Roots, Fargo’s first food co-op. It’s been about five years in the making. “We’re just really happy to open the doors and show people this space and support local producers,” said Kurt Kopperud, general manager of the store. Staff call it a soft opening, but hundreds poured in for a…

How to Beat the Heat in the Red River Valley

A local doctor gave us advice on how to get through the summer heat

FARGO, ND — With temperatures getting in the 90’s, we asked a local doctor how to beat the heat. Dr. Ann Safo from Sanford Family Medicine recommends drinking a pint of water every hour and wearing loose clothing. Do not leave children or animals inside a car even if the window is cracked. While things like Gatorade will help hydration,…

Family of Six Displaced After Fire Destroys South Fargo Home

Crews arrived to find the home completely engulfed in flames

FARGO, ND — A south Fargo family of six is without their home after an early morning fire. West Fargo and Horace Fire departments responded to 1623 Round Hill Drive just after midnight. Tankers were called in to help firefighting efforts because there were no fire hydrants nearby in the neighborhood. Despite the firefighter’s best efforts, the house is considered a…