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NOME, N.D. — This 62-person hamlet in Barnes County is facing a question other sleepy North Dakota towns have already grappled with: What should be done when white supremacist Craig Cobb is trying to move in? Cobb, aka Paul Craig Cobb, has already tried to turn the towns of Leith and Antler into enclaves of white supremacists. Now, it's believed he started last week to move into the former Zion Lutheran Church in Nome, about 70 miles southwest of Fargo.
FARGO – The head of the local Catholic diocese says he was outraged by The Forum’s front-page story Saturday, Feb. 4, because the newspaper interviewed an alleged white supremacist at a Fargo cathedral. The story centered around Pete Tefft, a Fargo resident who’s been the target of signs posted downtown accusing him of being a “Nazi.” The signs show Tefft's photo and ask people to tell him he's not welcome here.
FARGO — Dave Moszer's face has the weathered creases of a man who's spent much of his life outdoors, riding motorcycles and working construction. A number of his days in the elements involved installing steel on the outside of what would become Scheels Arena, a place where he now takes in Fargo Force hockey games, a place where his son, Brian, skates weekly.
FARGO — As North Dakota stares down a budgetary chasm of $1.4 billion, Gov. Doug Burgum is asking most state agencies to endure at least a 10 percent cut in funding. So, with austerity in the air, what's going to happen to the budget of the governor's own office? One of Burgum's campaign promises was to forgo his salary as a way to save taxpayer money, but so far legal roadblocks have prevented him from doing so. Still, he proposes that his office take an 11 percent cut and feel pain similar to other agencies, said the governor's spokesman, Mike Nowatzki.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota House passed a bill Wednesday, Jan. 25, that would give free state college tuition to the stepchildren and adopted children of fallen police officers and firefighters. State law already guarantees free tuition to the spouses and children of officers and firefighters who die in the line of duty. To be eligible, children must be under 21 years old.
FARGO — A long-running dispute centered around a payloader seized by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation in 2014 appears to finally be coming to an end. A cash settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit that accused BCI agent Arnie Rummel of unjustly seizing Darrell Schrum's payloader and giving it away, lawyers for Schrum said Monday, Jan. 23. Schrum's attorneys, Mark Friese and Neil Roesler, said they expect their client to receive $55,000 from the state, an amount that includes $35,000 in attorney fees.
FARGO – North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum will attend Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration on Friday, Jan. 20, in Washington, said governor’s office spokesman Mike Nowatzki. The governor and his wife, Kathryn Helgaas Burgum, left Tuesday, Jan. 17, for the nation’s capital and are expected to return to North Dakota this weekend, Nowatzki said, noting that the couple paid their own travel costs.
BISMARCK – North Dakota lawmakers have proposed a bill that would create a way for communities to request temporary bans on new refugee resettlement and would grant the governor power to impose such a ban statewide. The proposal was welcomed by Dave Piepkorn, a Fargo city commissioner and resettlement skeptic who has been pushing for more local input on where refugees are placed and more data about their impact.
FARGO — Sixty times last year fights in downtown Fargo left someone badly hurt. But police, neighborhood leaders and business owners say this figure, which is at a five-year high, shouldn't deter people from visiting the city's nightlife hub. "If you just practice general safety techniques, downtown is still a pretty safe place to be," said Dan Hurder, co-owner of the Boiler Room and Twist, formerly Sazerac Alley. "Of course, when you're wandering around at 4 o'clock in the morning alone after a whole bunch of drinks, you never know what's going to happen."
FARGO — Fargo police will begin maintaining a regular presence at the Hector International Airport as early as July. Two armed private security officers currently patrol the airport. But to satisfy the standards of a federal program, the airport authority plans to start paying for Fargo police officers to provide security, said Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of the Municipal Airport Authority. "It's not going to cost the city of Fargo a penny," Dobberstein said.