Forum staff reports
FARGO—A Fargo man pleaded guilty Tuesday, Feb. 21, in Cass County District Court to a charge of sexual imposition involving a child. Christopher Leiva, 36 or 37, will be sentenced at a later date. Leiva's attorney, Steven Mottinger, indicated he anticipates a joint sentencing recommendation that would entail a proposed sentence of seven years in prison. A charge of child abuse that had been pending against Leiva has been dismissed. According to court documents, Leiva committed sexual acts with someone who was less than 15 years old.
FARGO -- Elm Street is temporarily closed between 14th and 15th avenues north in Fargo, the city announced. The closure, which began Monday night, Feb. 20, is due to the rising level of the Red River caused by recent snowmelt and rain. The road will be closed until further notice. The National Weather Service predicts the flood will crest Thursday, Feb. 23, at 21 feet. Flood stage in Fargo-Moorhead is 18 feet. The river is expected to return to its banks possibly within a week.
FARGO — Politics and a Plate, hosted by the United Republican Committee, will be from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at the Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave. S. Speakers include Sen. Ron Sorvaag, R-Fargo and Rep. Thomas Beadle, R-Fargo, who will deliver the 2017 legislative crossover report. Cost is $15 and includes a buffet lunch. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. To attend, contact email@example.com or (701) 730-3388. The next Politics and a Plate will be April 12.
MOORHEAD—Minnesota State University Moorhead students who took an exam to become certified public accountants achieved a pass rate of 79.6 percent, surpassed in the region only by students from the University of Minnesota, by 0.4 percent, according to MSUM. The pass rate applies to students who take the exam within a year of graduating from a program. Sheri Erickson, a CPA and professor of accounting, credited MSUM's small class sizes and "unique" master's program in accounting and finance to prepare students for the exam and for accounting careers.
FARGO—The Cass County Auditor's Office will conduct the county spelling bee at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Woodland South room of the Baymont Inn, 3333 13th Ave. S. For more information, contact the Cass County Auditor's Office at (701) 241-5600.
FARGO—The rapid snowmelt from the unseasonably warm weather made the Red River creep into minor flood stage Monday, Feb. 20, and the National Weather Service predicts the flood will crest Thursday, Feb. 23, at 21 feet. As of early afternoon on Monday, the Red River was at 18.13 feet, slightly above the 18-foot threshold for minor flooding. The river is expected to return to its banks a few days later, possibly within a week.
Hockey 6 Junior Schedule/results United States Hockey League Games Saturday, Feb. 18 Youngstown 3, Team USA 2 (so) Chicago 3, Muskegon 2 (ot) Cedar Rapids 4, Lincoln 3 Des Moines 3, Dubuque 2 Fargo 3, Madison 1 Sioux City 6, Green Bay 5 Omaha 6, Tri-City 2 Bloomington 7, Sioux Falls 4 Games Sunday, Feb. 19 Muskegon 3, Chicago 1 Waterloo 6, Lincoln 0 College men Area conference schedules National Collegiate Hockey Conference
ITTA BENA, Miss.—North Dakota State's baseball completed a series sweep Sunday with a 7-4 win over Mississippi Valley State to improve its record to 4-0. The Bison belted out 14 hits with Matt Elsenpeter going 3-for-5 with 2 RBI and Danny Palmiscno going 3-for-5. Drew Fearing has two hits while Ben Peterson delivered a solo home run. The Bison jumped out to a 6-2 lead after four innings. NDSU's Reed Pfannenstein pitched five innings, giving up five hits and two runs to earn the win.
BROOKINGS, S.D.—No. 17-ranked South Dakota State edged No. 25-ranked North Dakota State 20-18 in a Big 12 Conference wrestling dual Sunday before 1,606 spectators in Frost Arena. Both teams won five matches, but the Jackrabbits held the advantage in bonus points. NDSU finishes the regular season at 14-5 overall and 4-3 in the Big 12.. The Bison are scheduled to compete at the Big 12 Wrestling Championships on March 4-5 in Tulsa, Okla.
TUCSON, Ariz.—Dejah Mulipola hit a two-run home run in the first inning as host and No. 10-ranked Arizona squeezed past North Dakota State 2-1 Sunday during the final day of the Wildcat Softball Invitational. The Wildcats have opened the season with 10 straight wins. NDSU falls to 3-7.