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Casselton Could Lose It’s Only Grocery Store Soon

CASSELTON, N.D. (KVRR/KFGO) — It’s likely Casselton, North Dakota will lose its only grocery store. The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission has approved a required conditional use permit that allows the sale of the Wangler Foods building on Front Street. The buyer plans to move a computer, internet and IT sales business into the building. Whether the sale of the…

MN & ND to improve broadband access thanks to minimum $100 million in funding

MINNESOTA & NORTH DAKOTA (KVRR) – Are you sick of slow internet and the spinny wheel of death? The infrastructure law signed by President Biden on Nov. 15 provides $65 billion nationwide to improve broadband. “This is a really big moment for the country, it’s a really big moment for advocates and I think it’s a really enormous moment for…

Former West Fargo teacher accused of soliciting a minor online

Luring a Minor by Computer or other Electronic Means is a Class B Felony

WEST FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — A former West Fargo and Sheyenne high schools teacher, who recently resigned amid a police investigation, is accused of soliciting a minor online. Fifty-eight-year-old Ron Thompson faces a charge of Luring a Minor by Computer or other Electronic Means. “It is a Class B Felony. As a Class B Felony, that is something that has…

DRN Offers Free Internet and Telephone Service During COVID-19 Pandemic

The company is participating in the FCC's Keep America Connected Pledge.

ELLENDALE, N.D.–DRN ReadiTech, a southeastern North Dakota telecommunications provider, has announced it plans to provide free internet and phone service in April to support its rural cooperative territory. The company is also participating in the FCC’s Keep America Connected Pledge to not disconnect phone or broadband service and waive any late fees to any residential and small business customers. DRN…

Psychologist Gives Her Take After Children’s Video is Found With Suicide Instructions

She says it's important to talk to children about risky content on the internet

You may think platforms like YouTube Kids are safe for children, but you might want to think again. A Florida mother recently found a video of a cartoon, and in the middle, it shows a man telling kids how to slit their wrists. Therapists say kids have more access and spend more time with electronics, and depending on their developmental…

Gamers Raise Money for Autism Network

The event lasted for 12 hours straight

FARGO, N.D. — Gamers at Section 9 Cyber Café held a 12–hour gaming fundraiser, which raises money for the Red River Valley Asperger–Autism Network. Gamers earn coins when they play, and those are exchanged as donations for charity. One gamer says he feels a personal connection to the cause, because he has a family member with autism. “Whether you have a…

MN Senator Tina Smith introduces broadband bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tina Smith has introduced the Community Connect Grant Program Act to connect Minnesotans and Americans to one another. She says in order to do that everyone must have access to affordable and reliable broadband services. This bill would create access to facilities to deploy broadband service, modernize minimum speed and keep pace with 21st century needs….

Suspect Pulls out Weapon at Cell Phone Transaction at Cash Wise in Fargo

Police arrived to a report of an armed robbery Sunday night only to find the victim had the intention of selling a phone but the suspect had a different agenda

FARGO, N.D. — An in person cell phone transaction went wrong at the Cash Wise in Fargo off of 13th Avenue South. Police are warning the community on how to safely sell items to a stranger. Police arrived to a report of an armed robbery Sunday night only to find the victim had the intention of selling a phone but…

CenturyLink Ordered to Reform Billing Practices in Minnesota

A spokesman says the company is pleased it could work with Swanson's office to agree on the order

  MINNESOTA — CenturyLink has been ordered to reform its television and internet sales and billing practices. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed a lawsuit against the company in July for allegedly overbilling customers after quoting lower rates. A man from Blaine was quoted a base monthly rate of $39.97 for television service, but was charged a base rate of…

Microsoft Launches Techspark Initiative

North Dakota is one of six states the program will be

FARGO, ND — North Dakota is one of six states Microsoft is launching its initiative “Techspark.” It aims to drive economic development by providing broadband internet to the entire state within the next five years. They also plan to do so by creating more computer science programs in North Dakota high schools. There are currently only three high schools in the…