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Overdue Fees Are Forgiven At West Fargo Public Library

If you keep an item longer then 28 days, it will be billed to your account and removed once it's returned

WEST FARGO, N.D. — If you have a fine with the West Fargo Public Library, good news: it is being forgiven. The Board of Directors has voted to no longer charge a fee for overdue materials. No new fines will accumulate on accounts except in the case of lost or damaged items. They say all previously assessed overdue fines on…

West Fargo Public Library waives existing fines and goes fine free

WEST FARGO, N.D.–The West Fargo Public Library will no longer be charging fines for overdue materials. Additionally, all existing overdue fines will be forgiven. Patrons should see the fines disappear in their accounts within the next few weeks. Library Director Carissa Hansen said, “Under this new policy, patrons with overdue items won’t be turned away due to financial circumstances. This…

Long-Term Care Visitation Still Not Recommended, Rules Out For Movie Theaters

North Dakota Smart Restart

BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Doug Burgum and other state leaders continue to work to protect the vulnerable population from COVID-19. Of the 218 long term care facilities in North Dakota, 27 have positive cases. Villa Maria in Fargo has the most with 27. The executive director of Human Services has a message for everyone. “Even though the governor is talking…

More than 5,000 Cited for Using Cellphones while Driving

Fines are $50 for the first offense and $275 for each subsequent violation, plus court costs.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–State officials say more than 5,000 citations have been issued to drivers in Minnesota since a hands-free law took affect in August. The new law makes it illegal to use a cellphone while driving. Department of Public Safety spokesman Mike Hanson says law enforcement officers don’t have to determine what drivers are doing with their cellphones, just the…

Dakota Plains Holdings Co-Founder Sentenced For Stock Manipulation Scheme

Ryan Gilbertson also was fined $2 million and ordered to pay more than $15 million in restitution

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — A Minnesota man who helped found a business in North Dakota’s oil patch has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for fraud in a stock manipulation scheme. Ryan Gilbertson also was fined $2 million and ordered to pay more than $15 million in restitution. The U.S. attorney’s office says Gilbertson co-founded Dakota Plains Holdings, which owned a…

USDA Cites NDSU For Violating Animal Welfare Act

PETA Wants USDA To Issue Fines

FARGO, N.D. — PETA is calling on the USDA to fine NDSU for the deaths of research animals. The university was cited after an inspection in May for violating the Animal Welfare Act. According to USDA records, eleven lambs died from trauma after being confined to a small pen with more than 200 other sheep. In another incident, pigs died…

Melissa Etheridge Makes Plea in North Dakota Marijuana Case

The rock singer will have to pay $1000 in fines and fees and be on unsupervised probation

  BURKE COUNTY, ND — Melissa Etheridge has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possessing marijuana in North Dakota. The rock singer will have to pay $1000 in fines and fees and be on unsupervised probation. She was arrested in August while crossing the border from Canada into Burke County. The cancer survivor has said she believes in the…

Tip Leads to Out-of State Anglers Violating Bluegill Numbers

They face combined fines and restitution of over $2,200

  OTTER TAIL COUNTY, Minn. — Three out-of-state anglers had one expensive trip to the land of ten thousand lakes. The DNR cited them for possessing 130 bluegills over the limit on a central Otter Tail County lake. They face combined fines and restitution of over $2,200. Conservation Officer Troy Richards says a tip from the public led to the…

Chuck E. Cheese Tokens Becoming a Problem for Massachusetts Library

The library staff says their bookkeeper counted three tokens before realizing it wasn't actual money

DANVERS, Mass. — It may be the place where a kid can be a kid, but a library in Massachusetts is not amused. The Peabody Institute Library in the city of Danvers posted on Facebook, asking library patrons to stop paying their fines with Chuck E. Cheese tokens. The library staff says their bookkeeper counted three tokens before realizing it…

F-M Community Asking Drivers to be Mindful Around Schools

With kids out and about at schools the roads become more dangerous

RED RIVER VALLEY — Officials throughout the F-M area are teaming up to remind you to be careful while driving during school hours. Police officers, school directors, and AAA gave a presentation on what to do when you see a bus stop arm and the repercussions if you violate doing so. Officers also reminded parents the importance of walking their…