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FARGO — The Forum's newspaper carriers will no doubt be earning their money Monday, May 15, as they lug the hefty, 58-page public notice that's tucked into every print edition. The public notice, paid for by the Cass County Joint Water Resource District, lists the roughly 44,000 properties whose owners could be on the hook for a special assessment if there's not enough local sales tax revenue to put toward the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project.
FARGO — Mary Locken was aiming to fire a warning shot. This single, working mom wanted to put fear in the hearts of her teenage sons who'd both been caught using pot and pills. So she called the Fargo police and made a request, one they had never heard before. She wanted a police dog to sniff the rooms of her house for drugs. Officers obliged, but no stash was detected, only residue.
MOORHEAD — David Farden stood in the backyard of 1019 11th Ave. S. on Wednesday, May 10, pointing out the spot where, as a boy, he had a ham radio tower that he used to speak with other radio operators around the world. It's one of many warm memories Farden has from the rambler house his family moved into in 1956. Though last summer, a much darker memory formed when a house-sitter was killed there and the structure was set on fire.
FARGO — Homeowners in upscale developments near Davies High School won a round in their fight to ensure a new housing addition doesn't end up with a much greater density of homes than originally platted. The Bison Meadows addition, west of South University Drive and north of 70th Avenue South, was going to hold about 300 single-family houses, but developer Thomsen Homes sought the City Commission's OK Monday, May 8, for a replat to build about 400. The request needed a supermajority of at least four council members to pass because of neighborhood objections.
NAPOLEON, N.D. — A funeral was held Tuesday, May 2, for a former Napoleon police officer who killed himself about two months after he was fired under controversial circumstances. The officer, 31-year-old Nathan Weber, was a husband and father of three who lived in Napoleon, a Logan County town of roughly 800 people in south-central North Dakota. Weber and James Waldo, Napoleon's police chief at the time, were both fired in February after receiving negative job performance reviews from Mayor Todd Moos.
FARGO – A 24-year-old motorcyclist who died Sunday, April 30, after colliding with a car at 45th Street South and Interstate 94 had a history of reckless driving, including being clocked at 140 mph on a motorcycle last year. Police have identified the motorcyclist as Tanner Beighley of Fargo. Beighley was headed south on 45th Street South when he crashed into a car exiting I-94 at about 5:10 p.m. Sunday. He was wearing a helmet at the time, police said.
MOORHEAD — If an approaching storm ever knocked out power across Moorhead, 11 of the city's outdoor warning sirens would stand in silence. Even if there was a tornado or another type of severe weather that residents should know about, those 11 sirens would not work because they lack a backup power source, like a battery or generator that could provide electricity in case of an outage. Moorhead's situation is an exception in the metro area, a vulnerability some city leaders say is worth solving.
FARGO — A fourth-grader's attack on a Fargo school employee made news last week, highlighting the dangers that teachers and other staff face in classrooms here and across the country. Records kept by local school districts show that student assaults on staff are common and, in Fargo's case, they're on the rise. During the 2015-16 school year, the Fargo School District received 187 reports of students being physical with staff members, including kicking, hitting or throwing objects at them. That's up from 173 reports in 2014-15 and 137 reports in 2013-14.
FARGO — A Fargo man is facing felony charges after allegedly firing a gunshot into a neighbor's apartment where the bullet landed in a bed next to the heads of a mother and her two children. Aaron Lee Fairbanks, 45, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, reckless endangerment and preventing arrest, according to documents filed Tuesday, April 25, in Cass County District Court.
FARGO — Liberia was still rebuilding after 14 years of civil war and upheaval when Ebola struck the West African nation in 2014 and 2015. The virus killed over 4,800 people — a nightmare for Liberians everywhere, including those in the U.S. "We had a long civil war that basically crippled us, and we're finally starting to walk again and Ebola took the crutches from us," said Albert Peters, a Minnesota State University Moorhead student whose family left Liberia when he was a boy.