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MOORHEAD — Nate Jacobson finds himself in a shrinking category. The 22-year-old is one of a dwindling number of young people who want to be police officers. Jacobson started training this week, along with two other new hires, at the Moorhead Police Department. The agency, funded to employ 60 officers, still has five more openings to fill.
FARGO — Before the snow melts and exposes a winter's worth of litter, City Commissioner John Strand wants Fargo to be talking about ways to reduce its use of plastic shopping bags. While campaigning last spring, Strand floated the idea of a possible ban on plastic bags and non-biodegradable take-out food containers in order to curb waste and beautify the city. Strand, who's been in office since July, says he still would like Fargo to somehow encourage the use of re-useable shopping bags and earth-friendly food containers.
MOORHEAD — Six or seven students at Horizon Middle School became sick Wednesday, Jan. 4, after drinking from a water fountain, prompting officials to flush the school's pipes and order testing of the water. Horizon's start time will be delayed two hours on Thursday morning, Jan. 5, while the water is tested for foreign substances, said Moorhead Public Schools Superintendent Lynne Kovash.
WAHPETON, N.D. — Looking to stave off leaks to the news media, an attorney is seeking a judge's order to prohibit the public release of information from a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the parents of Andrew Sadek, an undercover police informant found dead in 2014. The order would forbid the disclosure of any information obtained during discovery, the pretrial process through which parties share evidence. A hearing on the matter is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, in the Valley City courtroom of North Dakota District Court Judge Jay Schmitz.
FARGO — When Gov. Doug Burgum is thinking about North Dakota's future, he says everything's on the table — even the possibility of berry-growing operations in the Bakken oil field. More on the berries later. Right now, there's an official announcement to make: Burgum is The Forum's 2016 Area Person of the Year. In past years, the newspaper considered the tech mogul, real estate developer and millionaire philanthropist for Person of the Year because of his work as a change agent in downtown Fargo, restoring many of the city's old buildings.
KINDRED, N.D. — More than a year ago, a Kindred school bus full of fourth graders on a field trip collided with a semi on a state highway shrouded in heavy fog. With visibility severely limited, three more semis plowed into the wreckage. The students and truck drivers were not seriously hurt, but the bus driver, 64-year-old Cathryn Jostad of Kindred, had to be hospitalized. Her legs were amputated, and she died from her injuries a week after the Sept. 25, 2015, crash.
FARGO — A new stormwater pump station at Fourth Street and Second Street South is ready to go for the spring flood season, but it's completion comes with a costly flaw. A barely noticeable hump in an underground culvert attached to the pump station could require a total of about $500,000 in maintenance over the culvert's 50-year lifetime, said Nathan Boerboom, a city engineer who oversees flood-control projects.
MOORHEAD — The father of two teens killed in a crash on their way to a basketball tournament says he's suing their school, their coach and other parties not for the money but to better understand what led to their deaths. "I don't need any more money," Ray Kvalvog said Tuesday, Dec. 20. "I need the truth." If Kvalvog is awarded money in the wrongful death suit, he says, he plans to donate it to charity or maybe even give it back to Park Christian, the Moorhead private school his sons attended.
MOORHEAD — The father of two teenage boys killed in a 2015 rollover has filed a wrongful death suit against the boys' school, their basketball coach, the family's auto insurance provider and the maker of the pickup truck his son was driving. The complaint alleges that Park Christian School in Moorhead and varsity boys basketball coach Josh Lee were negligent in letting 18-year-old Zach Kvalvog drive his 14-year-old brother, Connor, and two teammates to a tournament in Wisconsin.
FRAZEE, Minn. — Scott Geiselhart grabbed his .44 Magnum revolver because he knew it would do the job. He loaded the gun with six bullets, put it against his head and pulled the trigger. There was only a click. The gun didn't fire. Confused and shaking, Geiselhart slammed the gun down. He gathered himself and sat at his computer. Hoping to decipher his demons, he typed "anger nightmares flashbacks drugs" into Google. "I hit enter and PTSD lit the screen up," the 48-year-old said. "I didn't even know I could have PTSD. I thought it was just a military thing."