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FARGO — Inspiration struck Joanna Lin about two years ago after a trip to Washington, D.C., with other high school students from across North Dakota. Now a senior at Davies High School in Fargo, Lin recalled conversations she had with students from rural parts of the state that underscored how different her musical experiences had been compared to theirs.
FARGO — A group of North Dakotans submitted petitions to the offices of Republican Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer Tuesday, Jan. 21, urging them to support fairness during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. "From our perspective, we're not political. We're not asking them to vote one way or the other," said Joseph DeMasi, of Valley City, who was one of four people who dropped off petitions at Hoeven's downtown Fargo office Tuesday.
FARGO — A Fargo woman faces a felony count of child neglect for allegedly leaving six children with the body of an acquaintance who died from an overdose. Amber Marlene Barrett, who's in her early 30s, is also charged with a misdemeanor count of duty to report a death. According to documents filed Wednesday, Jan. 15, in Cass County District Court: Police were called Nov. 16 to a home in the 3300 block of 18th Street South on a report of an unresponsive man.
FORT RANSOM, N.D. — As a little boy, Bob Billing would go skiing at Fort Ransom's Bears Den Mountain, which was conveniently located next door to his grandparents' home, making pit stops for things like snacks and bathroom breaks a breeze. The Bears Den closed several years ago when the family who owned it quit the business and no one could be found to take it on. When it appeared this past fall that the property would be sold and turned into something other than a ski resort, Billing and his wife, Kara, joined with business partners Heidi and Mitch Hoenhause to buy it.
GLYNDON, Minn. — Shovels and snowblowers were put to work Thursday morning, Jan. 2, after the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton School District sent out a call for workers to help clear snow from the roof of the district's high school in Glyndon. The move was recommended by a structural engineer who felt recent heavy snow put the building at risk. As an added precaution, the school district shut down all of its buildings through Friday, Jan. 3. Last spring, the Fargo-Moorhead area learned the hard way that heavy snow and rooftops don't mix.
FARGO — North Dakota has about 25 public charging stations for electric vehicles, while Minnesota has about 352, according to statistics available on the Department of Energy's website. Charging station numbers are expected to jump in both states over the next two years thanks to dollars provided by car maker Volkswagen, which paid the states millions for cheating on admissions standards related to diesel vehicles Volkswagen sold in the states. In North Dakota, Volkswagen paid about $8.1 million for the approximat
FARGO — A Minot, N.D., man faces five felony charges for allegedly forcing a woman to remain in a Fargo hotel room and subjecting her to a continuous series of physical assaults, including sexual assault. The charges against Donnie Eugene Lee Jr. include one Class AA felony count of gross sexual imposition and four Class C felony counts that include felonious restraint, domestic violence, terrorizing and preventing arrest. According to documents filed in Cass County District Court:
HORACE, N.D. — Robert Carroll had just delivered a Forum of Fargo-Moorhead newspaper to one of his rural Horace customers about 3 a.m. Thursday morning, Dec. 19, when he noticed smoke coming from a nearby piece of machinery. When he looked closer, he could see flames coming from the metal structure and immediately called 911. Recalling the incident Thursday afternoon, Carroll said the 911 dispatcher advised him to knock on the door of the nearby farmstead to alert the residents to the fire, and that's what he did.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — On average, area police departments each receive about one or more stolen gun reports a month. The numbers skewed higher for Moorhead in early December, when during a single incident someone stole three firearms in what is believed to have been a daytime burglary. It happened Dec. 2 at a home near Minnesota State University Moorhead, where Preston Hoganson and his wife live along with a number of roommates.
FARGO — The number of criminal homicides committed in North Dakota in 2019 could be the highest in four decades. Since 1978, the highest number of criminal homicides reported in a single year in the state was 22, a number reached in both 1993 and 2015. A Forum of Fargo-Moorhead analysis of homicides reported in North Dakota so far this year suggests the number could exceed 22, possibly reaching as many as 26. However, official figures won't be known until the new year. Only criminal homicides are included in the annual state tally. They are defined by the U.S.