Matthew Von Pinnon
Von Pinnon is editor of The Forum.
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Soccer is a simple sport. Two teams try to knock a ball into their opponent's net without using their hands. The team scoring the most goals wins. It's accessible, and that's why it's the most-popular sport on earth. And yet every four years, when the World Cup is held, casual observers have a lot of questions about the game and the tournament. Here's an attempt to answer some of them: Q. How are World Cup teams chosen?
CAVALIER, N.D.—A 45-year-old woman from here died Saturday night in a Pembina County rollover crash while being chased by police. Just before 8 p.m., the Pembina County Sheriff's department received a report of a reckless driver northbound on Highway 18 two miles south of Cavalier. The report said the vehicle was swerving and almost rear-ended another vehicle. A deputy caught up to the vehicle south of Cavalier and, when the driver would not stop, pursued the vehicle on Highway 18 through the town and then east on Highway 5 at high speeds.
WAHPETON, N.D. --The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified the man and woman who died at the scene of a rollover crash south of Wahpeton Saturday, Dec. 16. Sgt. Tom Herzig reports the victims of the fatal rollover were Jessica Denetz, 35, of Mantador, N.D., and Jeremy Denetz, 37, of Doran, Minn. Herzig said the couple was ejected from the vehicle and it’s unknown who was driving.
FARGO—Readers will notice some changes in our Saturday Business section beginning today. Business announcements—which include the many names and faces often associated with this section—will now be paid items. These include: • Hires and promotions • Honors and officers (people getting awards or being named to different boards) • Professional development (people who complete training or get certified for certain roles) • Contributions (Businesses contributing to nonprofit groups)
FARGO—A vice president at Forum Communications Co. has been promoted to chief operating officer. John Hajostek, 56, formerly company vice president of finance, is now COO. He's been with the company for 15 years. Forum Communications CEO and president Bill Marcil Jr. said Hajostek is fully prepared to take on this new challenge of running the company's day-to-day operations. "I am confident he has all the necessary skills to help our company continue to be successful as we navigate the future," said Marcil, also publisher of The Forum.
FARGO -- Delivery of Sunday's Forum newspaper is running about three hours late today due to a press problem.
FARGO -- ABC announced Monday afternoon that "American Idol" wannabes could audition Sept. 6 in Fargo. Fargo was listed as one of four newly announced open call cities. The three others were Houston, San Antonio, Texas, and Rapid City, S.D. Ryan Seacrest, longtime host of one of the most popular shows in TV history, tweeted out an invitation showing Fargo as one of the four new audition cities. No other details were given in the brief announcement, later emailed out by ABC.
Sleepless nights are difficult on the body. Over an extended period of time, lack of sleep breaks down our body in numerous ways. I often read that we need eight hours of sleep to be healthy. I wonder how many parents actually get eight hours a night.
When reporting the news, what to include as background information is often debated and can be highly controversial. A week ago, 24-year-old Tanner Beighley was killed when his motorcycle collided with a car in south Fargo. The Forum published a short story on the fatal crash. It's not clear yet who was at fault but it was a tragedy for all involved.
HORACE, N.D -- Protesters of the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion showed up to the groundbreaking of the $2.1 billion federal flood control project near here this afternoon. While the diversion is meant to protect the Fargo-Moorhead area from flooding, protesters say the project will displace many longstanding residents and farms south of the metro area by creating an unnecessary flood-retention area.