FARGO — After serving in law enforcement for over four decades, Cass County Chief Deputy Richard Majerus says the one piece of advice he hopes officers always remember is to have "a good thought on how they're doing and how they treat people". Majerus, who will retire Friday, Sept. 1, is well known for how he treats people. "Whether you're his wife or his best friend or someone he met 10 years ago, he's always going to stop and give you that 10-15 minute conversation that he thinks you deserve," said Sgt. Tim Briggeman, who worked with Majerus for over a decade.
TOWER CITY, N.D. — A groundbreaking ceremony will be held here Friday, Aug. 25, for a 16,000-square foot addition to Maple Valley High School. The $4 million project, designed by ICON Architectural Group, will add five elementary classrooms, a new kitchen, commons area, library, entrance and reception area to the school. Brian Wolf, superintendent of Maple Valley School District, said it will also allow the fire-sprinkler system to be renovated.
FARGO — The Powerball lottery jackpot hit $700 million on Wednesday, the second-highest amount in its history, but not everybody was lining up to buy a ticket. Mark Meister, a North Dakota State University professor, hasn't bought a Powerball ticket in years. And even when he did, it was "just on a whim." His reasoning is simple. "My life is good right now," Meister said. "With money comes trouble." Getting rich is overrated, Meister said, and living simply is the way to go.
FARGO — U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., honored the work of the U.S. Postal Service here on Friday, Aug. 18, including the efforts of two mail carriers who went above and beyond to help elderly customers in need. Heitkamp presented the Postmaster General Hero Award to Josh Hefta, a rural carrier in Minto, N.D., and Meredith Gozdal, a rural carrier in Drayton, N.D.
FARGO — With Monday's solar eclipse fast approaching, the most important devices for watching, eclipse viewing glasses, are seemingly unavailable in Fargo-Moorhead. Every location that carried the glasses in the metro area was sold out on Thursday, Aug. 17. The only location known to have plans of restocking before the eclipse is the Walmart at 4731 13th Ave. S. in Fargo. The store has a shipment coming Friday, Aug. 18.
FARGO — Mary Jean Dehne remembers watching the news in 2010, horrified to hear about a fight between two boys at Madison Park in north Fargo. One of the boys was her student. "He ended up in the emergency room, and I never saw him again," Dehne said. For Dehne, the incident served as a turning point for the park, which she described back then to be a "drug-infested, violent part of our city."
FARGO — Nick Geray had to take his wife to the emergency room at the new Sanford hospital in southwest Fargo on the first day it opened. She was having some complications after a surgery, Geray said. But instead of driving from his home in north Fargo to a hospital nearby, he drove 20 minutes across town. Geray is one of many Fargo residents adapting to the July 25 opening of the Sanford hospital at 5225 23rd Ave. S. With the opening, emergency services transitioned from the Sanford at 801 Broadway to the new medical center.
FARGO — About 40 people gathered near the Black Building on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 10, curious about the man strapped into a harness on top of the 110-foot structure. John Fisher, executive director of the local nonprofit group, CHARISM, slowly inched his way down the eight-story building with his wife and three children cheering from below. His oldest daughter was waving a sign that read, "Go Daddy go!" "He is scared out of his mind," said his wife, Abby. "But he challenged all these people to conquer their fears, so he thinks he needs to do the same."
FARGO — All city of Fargo employees will soon take part in diversity training, following a request from Mayor Tim Mahoney after the arrest of an Anishinaabe man during a sweat lodge ceremony in late February. However, leaders of the city's Native American Commission say they were not included in the planning process and were unaware that the training had been scheduled.
WAHPETON, N.D. — Gary Rogers, an area radio sports and news announcer with 53 years of experience and more than 5,000 games under his belt, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer last week. The 72-year-old was given a couple weeks to live, according to longtime friend Brett Lambrecht. Reflecting on a four-decade-long career, Rogers said: "It was all good. Seriously, everything was good up until the past few weeks." Lambrecht said Rogers is well known around Wahpeton and the southern Red River Valley as a passionate man and outstanding announcer.