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FARGO — To explain why Fargo is faced with a forecast of mostly single-digit highs and subzero lows this week, the story starts in Siberia. "Siberia was extremely cold when we were extremely warm in November," said meteorologist Jim Kaiser of the National Weather Service in Grand Forks. "As warm as we were, they were even colder than normal." Like water in a dam, Siberia's cold kept building and building until finally it broke loose, rolled over the North Pole and dropped down into the northern Great Plains.
FARGO—Wearing the camouflage fatigues and black boots of a SWAT team member, Ted Werre walked into the building looking to help someone. Werre spotted a man who had been shot in the leg writhing in pain on the floor of the hallway. He applied a tourniquet with speed and carried him outside into the night with the help of two other SWAT team members. Fortunately, the gunshot wound wasn't real and the "victim" was fine. It was just a training exercise for the Red River Valley SWAT Team last week in north Fargo.
FARGO — A 37-year-old woman who had a medical emergency in a Cass County Jail cell last week has died, the county coroner's office said Wednesday, Dec. 7. Lisa Marie Howell of West Fargo was booked into the jail the night of Nov. 28 on suspicion of child neglect. Her arrest came after police observed her caring for her 5-week-old son while intoxicated, according to court documents.
FARGO — As of January, the man running Cass County's government will do that job from southern California. Darrell Vanyo, the interim county administrator appointed to replace Keith Berndt, said he'll serve as the county's top executive while he and his wife spend the snowbird season near San Diego. Vanyo will be here through December, then starting in January he'll be in California, where he typically stays until early April, he said. Vanyo will be paid on a per diem basis while telecommuting from California in January, he said.
FARGO – A man considered a suspect in the disappearance of a Twin Cities woman has been charged with manslaughter following the discovery of human remains in rural Cass County, according to the sheriff's office. Sheriff’s deputies found the remains Friday, Dec. 2, while searching a specific location for the missing woman, 45-year-old Michelle Newell of Vadnais Heights, Minn. The suspect, 51-year-old Timothy Barr, had told authorities where to look, the sheriff’s office said.
FARGO – A recently retired sergeant harshly criticized Sheriff Paul Laney on Monday, Dec. 5, at a Cass County Commission meeting, presenting a list of allegations that attacked his management of the sheriff’s department. “There are double standards in our department, favoritism, sexism,” former Sgt. Gail Wischmann told the commissioners. Wischmann asked the commission to place more scrutiny on Laney and his department. The commissioners did not respond to her comments during the meeting except for Commissioner Vern Bennett, who had a question about what sort of work she did for the sheriff’s department.
FARGO — When Joye Braun and her cousin first started camping in April near the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers, she thought maybe 200 or 300 people would join their fight against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Braun said she could have never predicted that the camp's population would swell into the thousands and gain support around the world.
WEST FARGO – An 18-year-old woman from here was seriously injured Wednesday night, Nov. 30, after she was hit by a car driven by another 18-year-old woman from here, authorities...
MOORHEAD — The Moorhead bus driver who left about 20 Horizon Middle School students stranded in the city's industrial park last week and launched a racial slur as they got off the bus says he lost his temper and regrets his actions. "I should have never said the N-word," David Russell Miller told The Forum on Wednesday, Nov. 30. "I apologize for everything, to all the kids."
MOORHEAD — A police report sheds more light on what preceded a Moorhead school bus driver's decision to abandon about 20 students in the city's industrial park and use a racial slur as they got off the bus. Video from the bus shows that the driver, David Russell Miller of Moorhead, got into a round of name-calling with two or three Horizon Middle School students as he drove them home on Nov. 22, according to the report released Tuesday, Nov. 29.