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FARGO—The pilot who died in a plane crash south of Fargo Thursday afternoon, Dec. 1, reported an onboard fire shortly before the crash, according to a preliminary investigative report released by the National Transportation Safety Board. Hans Ahlness, 55, was the lone occupant of the Cessna 340 that crashed near the Wild Rice River about 10 miles south of Fargo's Hector International Airport.
FARGO—A prominent Fargo family is immersed in a divorce case making its way through Cass County District Court, with an estate estimated at $50 million on the line. Early in 2016, Earlyne Hector filed for divorce from her husband, Fred Hector, whose family name is reflected in the moniker of Fargo's airport.
FARGO—On a Sunday morning 75 years ago Wednesday, Dec. 7, America's neutrality in World War II was shattered by Japan's surprise attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor. Back then, information did not zoom around the world as quickly as it does today. By Sunday afternoon, word of the attack began reaching the Fargo-Moorhead area and many people telephoned the Fargo Forum—as The Forum was called back then—and WDAY radio to determine if what they were hearing was true, according to a story that ran in the Dec. 8, 1941, issue of The Forum.
FARGO—Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney and members of his department have been playing a major role in helping fellow law enforcement officers deal with large protests at Dakota Access Pipeline construction sites in western North Dakota. The city of Fargo is also providing resources to the law enforcement side of the confrontation under a long-standing tradition of local governments in the state helping one another during times of emergency.
MOORHEAD—Tory Jacobson was a detective sergeant with the Moorhead Police Department in 2003 when he came up with an idea about how to keep better track of registered sex offenders. The law at the time required people convicted of certain crimes to keep law enforcement agencies informed of their whereabouts. The burden was and still remains on the offender to remain compliant, or face possible incarceration.
FARGO—The executive committee of the Fargo Human Relations Commission will discuss next week a report of a death threat against blacks written on a stairwell of a downtown parking garage. The committee, at its meeting at noon on Monday, Dec. 5, will discuss the racist graffiti recently found on a stairwell in the public parking ramp at the Radisson Hotel. The three-word threat used a racial slur.
MOORHEAD—The Moorhead Police Department has a reminder for holiday shoppers buying and shipping gifts online: You better watch out. Instead of bringing Christmas presents to you, some bad Santas just might spoil your holiday by taking packages from you. It happens, according to Moorhead Police Lt. Tory Jacobson, who said a rash of holiday package thefts occurred last year. Some were believed tied to a suspicious van seen cruising around Moorhead neighborhoods.
MOORHEAD—The city of Moorhead on Tuesday, Nov. 29, released names and other information about four finalists who will interview for the job of city manager. City Council members winnowed a pool of 51 applicants down to five on Monday evening, Nov. 28, but didn't say who the candidates were, noting they first wanted the candidates to be contacted to see if they were were still interested in the job. Four names were released Tuesday; a fifth candidate had apparently decided to bow out.
DILWORTH—Three people accused of stealing Fitbits from the Dilworth Wal-Mart Thursday, Nov. 24, in the hours before Black Friday had plans to sell the items to pay for a spring break vacation, according to statements one of the suspects made to police after they were arrested. The three suspects, Autumn E. Moe, 19, and Joseph E. Onstad, 19, both of Fergus Falls, and Nickolas D. Coffey, 19, of Battle Lake, each face one count of theft in Clay County District Court. According to court documents:
FARGO—Two people face evidence tampering charges in Cass County District Court in a case tied to two recent deaths police suspect were caused by drug overdoses. Tami R. Pedersen, 53, and Brandon J. Pedersen, 25, both West Fargo, face one count each of conspiracy to commit tampering with physical evidence. According to court documents: Brandon Pedersen was questioned by police on Tuesday, Nov. 22, and was told he was suspected of providing drugs to an individual or individuals who had overdosed and died.