Forum Staff Report
FARGO—An Alabama man on a mission to cut lawns in all 50 states satisfied his North Dakota obligation on Saturday, July 7. "He is a good mower, I wish he lived in this neighborhood," said Barb Zacher, referring to Rodney Smith Jr., who was just completing the job of mowing her backyard in north Fargo Saturday afternoon. Originally slated to be in Grand Forks on Saturday morning, Smith said in a Facebook post that he had "no luck" finding lawns in Grand Forks, so he said headed to Fargo instead.
MOORHEAD — Grace Elizabeth Bettie's family will hold a candlelight vigil for her 6 p.m. Monday, July 2, at Buffalo River State Park, where she recently drowned, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office. The Moorhead girl was 9 years old. Her death Wednesday, June 27, at a popular swimming hole in the park near Glyndon, Minn., remains under investigation. She had been on an outing as part of the Moorhead Police Summer Youth Program when she went missing, according to witnesses. Lifeguards eventually found Bettie's body in the water.
FARGO — Two men were injured in a crash Saturday morning, June 30, on Interstate 94 in Otter Tail County, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. Scott Lee Brevig, 46, Anoka, Minn., was eastbound in a Ford pickup around 8 a.m. when he rear ended a Peterbilt semi driven by Mike Dennis Baldwin, 55, Humble, Texas. The pickup then rolled over into the median. Both men suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, the Patrol said. Brevig was taken to Sanford Health in Fargo and Baldwin was taken to Lake Region hospital in Fergus Falls.
It's been 61 years since a tornado obliterated a northside neighborhood, more than 1,300 homes were damaged. There were 12 deaths and more than 100 people were injured. It is the worst tornado disaster in the history of North Dakota. The tornado was highly visible and had slow forward speed. Due to the visibility, the tornado was well-photographed, which was an important part of tornado research. Take a look at our coverage over the years.
MANDAN, N.D.—A truck driver and her dogs escaped injury when her semi-trailer toppled onto its side when she exited Interstate 94 near here too rapidly on Saturday, June 16. The driver, Kathleen Ste. Marie, 48, Steinbach, Manitoba, was cited for careless driving for the rollover accident, according to a report from Sgt. Robert Arman of the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Ste. Marie was taken by ambulance to a Bismarck hospital emergency room and her two dogs were taken by Bismarck Police Department Animal Control for pick up after the driver was medically cleared.
FARGO — A change to a federal rule that could block construction of the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion has gotten to green light from a Senate committee, Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said Tuesday, May 22. The Federal Emergency Management Agency now forbids any construction on land purchased using its hazard mitigation grants. The trouble is some of that land is needed for construction of the flood control project after parts of the project were changed to satisfy Minnesota regulators.
FARGO — Joshua John Gomez, a high-risk sex offender, has moved to 724 First St. N. No. 1, according to the Police Department. The state sex offender registry describes the 32-year-old as 5 feet 10 inches tall, 230 pounds, fair skinned with hazel eyes and brown hair. He has also used an alias, calling himself Joshua John Schmidt. Gomez was convicted in 2000 when he was 14 of gross sexual imposition and indecent exposure in Burleigh County. The registry said he grabbed a 14-year-old classmate's breasts and exposed himself to her.
MANDAN, N.D.—A vehicle fire reported Friday evening, May 11, near Mandan may have been tied to a phone charger malfunction, according to a North Dakota Highway Patrol report on the incident. According to the report: The fire happened about 7:14 p.m. on Friday about 15 miles west of Mandan on Interstate 94. The driver, Trevor Susla, 21, of Chanhassen, Minn., was eastbound on the interstate when he saw flames coming from the area of his cellphone charger in the console of his vehicle. He pulled the SUV he was driving off the road and got out.