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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.
MOORHEAD — The Moorhead school bus driver who is accused of using a racial slur as he abandoned about 20 students in the city's industrial park has been fired, according to the company that employed him. The driver was let go Friday, Nov. 25, after what happened Tuesday, Nov. 22, said Greg Nord, manager of Red River Trails, a company contracted to provide buses and drivers for the Moorhead School District. "The driver made some bad decisions and was terminated because of it," he said.
FARGO — If their written correspondence is any indication, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley have had little to say about the protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Forum made a public records request seeking all communications, including emails and text messages, to and from Dalrymple or Wrigley that contained at least one of more than two dozen terms related to the protest, such as pipeline, tribe, sacred, artifact, camp, Morton County, Dakota Access and Standing Rock.
FARGO — A national Lutheran leader's support for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's pipeline protest has drawn sharp criticism from a North Dakota bishop and has led a state judge to resign her post as a church official. Elizabeth Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), issued a statement Nov. 14, expressing solidarity with the tribe in its fight against the route of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
FARGO — North Dakota's court system has decided not to eliminate Fargo's two judicial referee positions, but 56 other jobs will be cut statewide, state court administrator Sally Holewa said. Officials in the East Central Judicial District, which covers Cass, Steele and Traill counties, said last month that they had suggested slashing both of Fargo's referee positions after being asked to submit budget-trimming proposals to state court leaders.
FARGO — Despite North Dakota's reputation for being nice, hate still shows its nasty face here. In fact, the state ranks second in the nation for the highest number of reported hate crimes per capita, according to a Forum analysis of 2015 FBI statistics released this month. A total of 36 hate crimes were reported to North Dakota police agencies in 2015 — a rate of 4.8 crimes per 100,000 residents.
FARGO — A suspect in the presumed death of a Twin Cities woman had run-ins with Cass County authorities and residents in late August, at one point pleading with a farmer not to call the police on him for fear that he "would go to jail for life," court records said.
FARGO — George B. Sinner says at this point he's not planning to request a recount in his narrow loss to Jim Roers in the District 46 state senate race. The lead of Republican challenger Roers grew by one vote during a meeting of the Cass County Canvassing Board, and he's now up 37 votes on Democratic incumbent Sinner in the south Fargo legislative race, Cass County Auditor Mike Montplaisir said. If that margin does not change when the State Canvassing Board meets Friday, Nov. 18, Sinner said, he will not ask for a recount.
MOORHEAD — Farmer and real estate developer Gust Johanson has three pending court cases concerning city of Moorhead special assessments, including one case involving proposed assessments of more than $650,000. The Moorhead City Council held a closed-door meeting Monday, Nov. 14, to discuss Johanson's appeal of a $62,816 assessment he's said to owe for street improvements near a swath of city land he owns southeast of 40th Avenue South and 28th Street.
FARGO — Expectations were high at the 2003 groundbreaking for the Alien Technology building. The microchip manufacturer predicted it would create 1,100 jobs and a $55 million payroll here by the end of the decade. Those hopes fizzled when the California company left Fargo in 2009. The 50,000-square-foot building in the North Dakota State University Research and Technology Park sat empty for years, long enough for mice to nest in the electrical control panels.