General News

A robbery gone wrong in a hotel in Fargo over the weekend resulted in the stabbing death of one of the robbers.

Fargo Police were called to the AmericInn in Fargo at 2:30 am on Saturday on a report of "a male in the hallway with a firearm." They arrived to find 23 year old Jakob Dirks lying in the hallway with a stab wound to his abdomen. Deputy Police Chief Joe Anderson says Dirks had arrived with Robert Peightal, 22 to the hotel room of brothers Alan and Shawn Bear, 21 and 24 years old respectively, who were with 19 year old Jordan Plouffe.

Cramer hosts Censky, Ross for town hall on trade

Aug 23, 2018
Danielle Webster

Congressman Kevin Cramer hosted two Trump administration officials for an open town hall meeting in Fargo on trade issues.

Renewed interest in potash?

Aug 20, 2018

In 2010, there was some excitement in parts of North Dakota about “potash,” or "potassium salts.”

Potash is a fertilizer. It’s mined just across the border, in Saskatchewan.

"We've got those same deposits," said state geologist Ed Murphy.

Murphy said the state used to get a lot of inquiries from around the world about North Dakota’s potash deposits. But that slowed down a lot, when the price dropped. Now, Murphy says there have recently been a few inquiries.

Starting Friday, law enforcement officials in North Dakota will be running a stepped up enforcement campaign to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the road.

Ashley Doan is a spokesperson for the North Dakota Department of Transportation. She says the enforcement for Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over begins Friday and runs through September 3rd. She says law enforcement is really hoping to drive home the idea that alcohol related crashes and deaths are 100 percent avoidable and preventable.

NDSU and Fargo Parks team up for art

Aug 13, 2018
T.McDonald / Prairie Public

A new work of public art will be greeting visitors to downtown Fargo. Prairie Public Reporter Todd McDonald was there and files this report...

Cell phone use banned in ND state fleet vehicles

Aug 8, 2018

If you’re a state employee who needs to drive a state fleet vehicle, you cannot use your cell phone while you’re behind the wheel.

That’s the policy adopted by the North Dakota Department of Transportation. It took effect July 1.

"We know that it's a factor in crashes much more than it's reported," said NDDOT Safety Division Director Karin Mongeon.

Mongeon said at the national level, it results in about 9 deaths and 100 injuries daily.

Cole Guidry, Have Couch Will Travel

Cole Guidry says you're not likely to experience scary, adventurous things while sitting on the sofa - so that's why he brought his red couch on his cross-country road trip this summer. He passed through North Dakota and spoke with Prairie Public's Danielle Webster.

Mill reports record profits in FY 2018

Jul 29, 2018

The state Mill and Elevator had record profits in fiscal 2018.

The mill made $14.2 million. That’s a 46 percent increase over the profit in fiscal 2017, which was $9.7 million.

The mill transferred just over $10 million in profits to the state’s general fund. In addition, it transferred just under $710,000 to the Agricultural Products Utilization Fund.

At a stete Industrial Commission meeting, Gov. Doug Burgum congratulated Mill President and CEO Vance Taylor for the successful year.

Frank Abagnale speaks to Fargo crowd on recognizing scams

Jul 24, 2018

Former scam artist Frank Abagnale says as technology has advanced over the past 40 years, things have only gotten easier for scammers and fraudsters.

Pat Gerlach's wildlife photography career spans the past 40 years, and his very first show was in Fargo. His cancer diagnosis is slowing him down a little, so this year he's coming back to where it began for one final show. His display is up at the Downtown Fargo Street Fair.