HATE CRIME

Fargo man pleads not guilty in assault on girls and using a racial slur

The FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office are reviewing the case for possible federal hate crimes violations.

FARGO, ND (KVRR) – Larry Baldner has pleaded not guilty on charges he attacked two girls and used a racial slur. Baldner, 73, of Fargo is charged with aggravated assault against a victim under the age of 12, preventing arrest and simple assault. Baldner’s attorney filed a waiver for a preliminary hearing and entered not guilty pleas on Wednesday. The…

Walmart employee aids police in tracking down Moorhead mosque vandalism suspect

"This person in particular got it narrowed down to the time frame of when this incident happened and then gave that information to one of our detectives."

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) — Twenty-two-year-old Benjamin Enderle sits in a Clay County jail tonight, accused of vandalizing a Moorhead Mosque. His arrest is being credited to a Walmart store employee. “An investigator came out when the mosque had video ready for us and we started working on the case,” Moorhead Police Chief Shannon Monroe said. Monroe recounts how a Walmart…

Fargo Human Relations Commission votes to support anti-bias ordinance

Fargo City Commissioners must give final approval

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – The Fargo Human Relations Commission votes unanimously to support an anti-bias ordinance. Introduced by City Commissioner Arlette Preston, the ordinance aims to more clearly identify, report and respond to hate crimes in Fargo. “We need a bias crime ordinance to send a message to communities that every person, that every individual belongs here,” Preston said at…

North Dakotans Address the Effect of Hate Crimes On Minority Groups

In recent years North Dakota has been ranked among the top of the list of number of hate crimes per capita, according to FBI statistics

FARGO, N.D.– North Dakota nice isn’t always accurate when it comes hate crime statistics. In recent years North Dakota has been ranked among the top of the list of number of hate crimes per capita, according to FBI statistics. The North Dakota Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights hosted a public meeting and several people spoke on…

Hate Speech Resolution Passes in Fargo, But Not Unanimously

Just one commissioner voted against making Fargo the second city to pass the resolution

FARGO, ND — Commissioners in Fargo passed a resolution officially making the city an “inclusive” community. It’s the second city in the Valley to make this move, but it came with opposition on this side of the river. “This is the week that folks were talking about having some rallies in our town,” Fargo City Commissioner John Strand told the…

Moorhead City Council Passes Hate Crime Resolution

Resolution written by Moorhead Council Member Mari Dailey calls for an "inclusive community."

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The Moorhead City Council passed a hate crime resolution which targets recent hate speech in the metro. Resolution written by Moorhead Council Member Mari Dailey calls for an “inclusive community.” Council says┬áthe resolution will put Moorhead on record as a community which officially condemns hate crimes. Mayor Del Rae Williams said this resolution was written shortly after…

Minnesota’s CAIR Requesting Fargo Assault be Investigated as Hate Crime

The Somali-American Muslim man suffered non-life threatening injuries

  FARGO, ND — The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling on local and federal law enforcement to investigate an assault in Fargo as a possible hate crime. According to CAIR, 32-year-old James Billiot and 28-year-old Justin Rifanburg allegedly made derogatory remarks before assaulting a Somali-American Muslim man. He suffered non-life threatening injuries. The man was…