Forum Staff Report
FARGO — North Dakota State University's newest building will be named after a company started by two of its alumni, the university said Thursday, Oct. 4. Aldevron Tower is an addition to Sudro Hall that's scheduled to open in 2020. Aldevron the company is a biotechnology firm started in 1998 by Michael Chambers and John Ballantyne. Today it has operations in Fargo; Madison, Wis.; and Freiburg, Germany.
FARGO — Valley City State University has a new president, Alan LaFave, who was named to the post by the State Board of Higher Education Thursday, Sept. 27, according to a news release. He is currently provost and vice president for academic affairs at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D. The previous VCSU president, Tisa Mason, left in December after three years to become president of Fort Hays State University in Kansas. Margaret Dahlberg has served as interim president. The board made its decision during its meeting at VCSU.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. – A 50-year-old Grand Forks man was killed Tuesday, Sept. 18, after his vehicle struck a truck on Highway 2, about six miles east of here. The unnamed driver of a 2016 Kia Sportage died at the scene of the crash, which the North Dakota Highway Patrol responded to around 3 p.m. Tuesday.
FARGO—Redshirt freshman receiver Christian Watson will likely make his North Dakota State football debut today against North Alabama. The 6-foot-3 Watson, from Tampa, Fla., was slowed during fall camp with a leg injury. He is expected to be in the receiver rotation for the Bison, who are thin in experience at that position behind starter Darrius Shepherd. NDSU senior defensive end Caleb Butler, meanwhile, was in street clothes prior to the game and will not play, news that came via a tweet by WDAY sports director Dom Izzo.
FARGO — City staff is scheduled to begin moving into the new City Hall building over the next three weeks starting Monday, Aug. 27, the city said. The public will still need to go to the current City Hall where staff will serve them until the new building opens to the public on Sept. 17.
GRAND FORKS — A three-vehicle crash, which involved a squad car, sent one driver to the hospital Saturday afternoon, Aug. 24, police reported. The squad car was westbound on University Avenue North with lights and sirens on around 2 p.m. when it was struck by a Dodge Journey southbound on Washington Street North. After impact, the squad car struck an eastbound vehicle stopped at the traffic signal. The driver of the Dodge, which police identified as "Osen," was taken to Altru Hospital. Police didn't know the extent of the driver's injuries.
BRANDON, Minn. — A 23-month-old girl was run over by a driver maneuvering into a parking stall at Chippewa Park near Brandon, Minn., Saturday afternoon, Aug. 25, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office reported. The toddler, whose name was not immediately released by police, was airlifted to Children's Hospital in the Twin Cities.
FARGO — News of Sen. John McCain's death was met with sadness by his colleagues from North Dakota and Minnesota Saturday, Aug. 25. "My thoughts are with Cindy, Roberta, and John's entire family as we remember the gift of his remarkable life and his commitment to the idea that strong character, when used to serve others, is the highest human pursuit," Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said in a statement, referring to McCain's wife and mother respectively.
VERGAS, Minn. – A 17-year-old Frazee, Minn., girl was airlifted to Sanford Hospital in Fargo with an apparent spinal injury after an early morning crash Sunday, Aug. 12, in Otter Tail County, the sheriff’s office said. The girl, who was not named, was southbound on County Highway 4 around 2:15 a.m. when she said she may have fallen asleep.
FARGO - A fire totaled an SUV after the occupants heard a noise and stopped on the 25th Street South exit ramp from Interstate 94 on Friday, July 27, the North Dakota Highway Patrol reported. According to the report: Alexis Nelson, 18, Fargo, was driving a 2001 Land Rover eastbound on Interstate 94 and exited at 25th Street South about 9:25 p.m.