Carson Wentz, business closings and historic Fargo homes: Check out some of our best in-depth stories
For the readers who might like a longer narrative, here are a few recent, notable selections from the INFORUM archives you might have missed.
Reporter Archie Ingersoll spoke with Mary Locken and her sons, Joe and Nick, about the lengths Mary went to in an attempt to steer her sons away from opioids, including heroin and fentanyl. She called the cops at one point to try to scare them straight.
As interest in Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz soars alongside his team’s winning ways, this in-depth profile of Wentz from April, 2015 by Jeff Kolpack has become necessary background reading on the North Dakota native who is currently taking the NFL by storm.
What exactly happened to Savanna Marie LaFontaine-Greywind? When will we know? Will we ever know? Her story has riveted Fargo-Moorhead and the region, and has drawn the attention of people across the country and around the world, so much so that she's become known simply as "Savanna." Yet, we still know remarkably little about what happened. Reporter Blake Gumprecht sorted all the facts and questions in this September article.
Architecture is “frozen music,” Goethe said, and as such provides the background music to an area’s history. In October of this year, Forum reporter Tu-Uyen Tran researched and explained several examples of architectural styles whose strains can still be heard in Fargo-Moorhead.
In June of this year, Darren Patterson was charged with manslaughter after a man he punched outside a downtown Fargo bar died as a result of his injuries nine days later. Amidst that scrutiny, reporter Robin Huebner attempted to answer the question many in Fargo were asking: “just who is this guy?”
For the first two nights after being told his mom died, Underwood (Minn.) senior offensive and defensive lineman Kade Laney didn't sleep at his house. It wasn't until the 6-foot-3, 265-pound Laney climbed into his own bed that reality set in. His mom was not coming up the stairs to pray with him and say goodnight like she had done every night he slept in his home.
As the calendar flipped to 2017, there was a rapid spate of business closings in the Fargo metro area, leading to concerns about the state of the local economy. According to interviews with economic development professionals, though, reporter Ryan Johnson determined that the closings likely represent a foreseeable contraction in local business that wasn’t yet cause for concern.
Sue Thompson was 14-years-old when she lost her older sister, a cheerleading accident that turned the North Dakota State campus silent. It was more than 30 years ago and as the memory bank goes, she's looking to replenish the riches. If there's a photo of Janis Thompson out there, she would like to see it.
Amanda Carlson's spunky, warm-hearted 16-year-old sister was gone — a loss that was compounded days later by the nightmarish revelation that her adopted brother, 15-year-old Sergei, was the killer. This grim episode, which played out in July 2007, left Carlson mired in sadness and anger for years. Carlson shared her reflections on the tragedy with Archie Ingersoll in November of 2015.