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ND State Rep. explains bills easing penalties for underage drinking

BISMARCK, N.D. — The way underage drinking is penalized in North Dakota may soon change. The state legislature is looking into two bills that would ease punishment for those drinking or possessing alcohol illegally. At first glance, the change being considered to one of the bills may be hard to see. “What my bill does is it changes one word…

It’s not quite time to let your guard down regarding COVID-19

FARGO, N.D. — Sanford Health’s vice president and medical officer says he’s seeing some people let their guards down when it comes to COVID-19 preventive measures. This comes as more people are getting vaccinated and North Dakota’s safety restrictions are loosened. As more COVID-19 variants are confirmed, Dr. Doug Griffin says it’s important to continue masking up, washing our hands…

North Dakota National Guard on alert for possible deployment to Middle East

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – A North Dakota Army National Guard unit has received an alert for possible mobilization to the Middle East. The Devils Lake-based 835th Engineer Utilities Detachment could deploy to the U.S. Central Command  area of operations during mid to late summer. The unit is headquartered at Camp Grafton Training Center near Devils Lake and consists of about…

Burgum orders state agencies to evaluate impacts of Biden energy directives

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – Gov. Doug Burgum signed an executive order Tuesday directing state agencies to determine the impacts of President Biden’s executive orders on North Dakota’s energy industry and to identify opportunities to challenge Biden’s orders. “The Biden administration’s recent executive orders pose a serious threat to American energy security, our nation’s economic growth and the tens of thousands…

House proposal would raise North Dakota gas tax 6 cents

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota lawmakers are considering adding another 6 cents to the state’s 23-cent a-gallon gas tax. The House Finance and Taxation Committee has endorsed the hike to help pay for improvements to roads and bridges. A higher fuels tax is expected to bring in tens of millions of dollars more annually, with the bulk going to a…

Lawmakers recommend approval for North Dakota public schools to display Ten Commandments

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – A North Dakota legislative committee is recommending that lawmakers approve a measure that would allow local school districts to post the Ten Commandments. Edinburg Republican Sen. Janna Myrdal sponsored the measure. Myrdal said the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution based on the Ten Commandments. “We need to get back to it” Mydal said. Grand Forks Democratic…

Unclaimed military veteran honored at Fargo National Cemetery

"This was an amazing man, he served his country with three different tours in Southeast Asia."

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — The Fargo National Cemetery and the Memorial National Guard honor an unclaimed military hero for his service. David Oliver, a Vietnam veteran was from Grand Forks and had no next of kin. “No veteran ever is buried without this ceremony,” Fargo Honor Guard Chaplain Russel Stabler said. “This was an amazing man, he served his country…

Silver Alert Cancelled After Man’s Body Found In Ramsey County

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. – (update 2/3/2021) A Silver Alert for a missing Devils Lake man is canceled after his body is found in Ramsey County. Devils Lake Police Department say 76-year-old Thomas Townson was found in the Starkweather area. Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation. Townson was last seen Monday morning and a Silver Alert was issued for…

R.D. Offutt moves offices to Downtown Fargo

FARGO, N.D. – R.D. Offutt Company moves to Block 9 in Downtown Fargo. The machinery manufacturer’s new location will be home to four hundred workers who used to be in four different locations in Fargo-Moorhead. Right now, occupancy will be at 50 percent under the company’s Covid-19 protocols. The building project broke ground in September 2018 and was a collaborative…

Pipeline Opponents Hope President Biden Takes More Action

After President Joe Biden revoked Keystone XL’s presidential permit, opponents of other pipelines are hoping the projects they’ve been fighting will be next. Environmentalists and American Indian tribes calling on Biden to stop Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 replacement in Minnesota. Opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline that originates in North Dakota also appealed to the administration. It hasn’t specified what…