Matthew Von Pinnon
Von Pinnon is editor of The Forum.
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Eleven years ago next month, while working as a Forum reporter, I wrote a story that divided the community like no other story I'd reported before. A Fargo family of four, headed by two lesbians, sought and were denied a family membership at the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties. Three days after the story was reported, dozens of activists seeking to change that policy picketed the downtown Y. Public forums were held for members and citizens to share their opinions. Letters to the editor on both sides of the debate filled the pages of this newspaper.
Meet the eight new members of The Forum's Readers Board, a group of area people who advise and provide feedback to us. These eight join four returning members whose terms expire in June. Members stay on for a year, but terms are staggered by a half-year.
Today, The Forum debuts its new Sunday Variety section. It's something our readers have said they've wanted for a while. Many told us they missed our comprehensive weekly calendar of events, a feature we mistakenly got rid of about a year and a half ago. We brought back that feature in the Sunday Variety section, and we improved on it. Now, the Sunday to Sunday calendar is organized by day of the week, which should help busy people sort out options to experience when they are free. Sunday Variety's cover story each week will focus on home and living. Aside from work, most of us spend mos
I hid The Forum from my first-grader on Saturday. Coming from the editor, that may seem strange.
Measure 3, the North Dakota "right to farm" constitutional amendment measure, had 66 percent of the vote as of press deadline Tuesday, with 71 percent of precincts reporting. The measure was spearheaded over an entire year by the North Dakota Farm Bureau. If passed, nothing statutorily would change. "It would have to be a legal challenge" over some agricultural practice, said Jeff Missling, Farm Bureau executive vice president.
Thanks a lot, Tom Hanks.
Starting today, The Forum will accept for publication the announcements of gay marriages, engagements and anniversaries if the marriage takes place in a state or country where it's legally recognized. Right now, that means anyone engaged to be married or who was legally married in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, the District of Columbia and several foreign countries could have their announcement published in The Forum.
Meet the five new members of The Forum's Readers Board. They join seven returning members whose terms expire in December. Members stay on for a year, but terms are staggered by a half-year. The paper's community sounding board chooses its own successors. We want to first thank departing members whose terms expired in June: Katie Hutton, Aaron Lamb, Sharon L. Miller, Krista Thom and Melissa Vosen Callens. New members are: Kirby Anderson, 56, of Fergus Falls, Minn., is a manager of customer service projects at Otter Tail Power Co.
I'm a dad, so I ended up at the Red River Valley Fair last week. The once-faltering fair seems to be on the upswing in recent years. This year, the weather was great, the admission price was reasonable (even if rides and food are still a tad pricey) and the midway seemed busy and lively the two evenings I was there. But as I chaperoned my kids around the grounds this year, it dawned on me that they are no longer exposed to the freak shows that were always part of the fair when I was a kid. No Bearded Lady. No World's Smallest Horse. No Two-headed Calf.
If you had only moments to leave your home - possibly for good - what would you grab? It's a question I think about from time to time, and yet usually the thought sort of fades away as I reason it's something I'll likely never encounter. But lately, with flash flooding in Duluth, a fatal apartment fire in Fergus Falls and a major home fire in Oakport Township, the question has lingered. Then I heard about a column from a Colorado Springs Gazette writer that really drove it home. The piece, titled "Hell in the rearview mirror," recounts the experience author and evacuee Bill Vogrin had as h