Xcel Energy Fined After 2019 Fire At Senior Living Facility

North Dakota Public Service Commission says gas was leaking and wasn't vented properly

FARGO, N.D. — Xcel Energy will pay a $12,000 fine for a natural gas leak that led to an explosion and fire at Riverview Place in Fargo. The fire broke out January 4, 2019 at the senior living complex and damaged four of the 24 apartments. No one was hurt but the building was evacuated for several hours. North Dakota…

Police Want Drivers to Be Extra Alert as Kids Head Back to School

More officers will be patrolling area schools over the next few days

With kids heading back to school soon, police want drivers to be more careful. Extra officers will be at area schools over the next few days to make sure everyone is following traffic rules. If you know you drive through a school zone on your way to work, you may want to budget in a few extra minutes into your…

Commissioners Declare “Burn Ban” In Grand Forks County

The ban is in effect until further notice

GRAND FORKS COUNTY, N.D. — Grand Forks County Commissioners have declared a burn ban in the county. They say fires in the abnormally dry conditions could threaten the health and well-being of people in the county. Violators could face up to 30 days in jail, a $1,500 fine and have to pay for the cost of putting the fire out….

Norman County Attorney Recommending Jail Time for Bus Stop Offenders

He says the schools in his county have been trying to curb the problem, but it's not getting through to people

  NORMAN COUNTY, Minn. — A Norman County attorney is hoping his actions will have drivers thinking twice before passing a school bus with its stop arms out. James Brue recommended two people sit in jail for the weekend, along with a $285 fine after they went around a stopped bus. He says the schools in his county have been…

Hobby Lobby Fined $3 Million for Illegal Smuggling

They say a supplier shipped "falsely labeled" items to Hobby Lobby's stores and corporate offices

  NATIONAL — Arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby has settled a civil action lawsuit and is being fined $3 million dollars by the federal government for smuggling ancient Iraqi artifacts. The Justice Department accused the company of smuggling cuneiform tablets and clay artifacts from modern-day Iraq into the U.S. They say a supplier shipped falsely labeled items to Hobby…

Roadway Litterbugs Beware: Fines May Drastically Increase for ND

North Dakota lawmakers approved a $500 fine for littering while driving

FARGO, N.D. — Drivers in North Dakota could face harsher fines for throwing garbage on state highways. NDDOT workers said it’s bad for the environment and can even be dangerous to other drivers. If you get caught littering on state highways in North Dakota, the fine is $100. But changing laws could drastically raise the fine to $500. The bill…

Lawmakers Seek to Lighten Marijuana Penalties in North Dakota

Marijuana is lawmaker's minds during the legislative session in North Dakota

A bill to decriminalize marijuana is under discussion in the North Dakota legislature. Republican State Representative Rick Becker of Bismarck introduced the bill to help cut state spending. Bill 1340 is not set up to fully legalize marijuana. Instead, this would make penalties for possessing and selling the drug less harsh. Using or selling marijuana would get you a $1,000 with no…

Those with Limited Mobility at Risk from Snow Covered Walkways

A fine isn't the only risk you face by not shoveling

Snow covered sidewalks can be an annoyance for everyone but for those with physical disabilities they can be dangerous. “You pretty much have to have bare pavement or you’re going to be at risk of getting stuck,” said Executive Director of the Freedom Resource Center,  Nate Aalgaard. Aalgaard is wheelchair bound and winter can be an especially tough time. “There’s…