Matthew Von Pinnon
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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
Fargo and West Fargo both have their respective monthly downtown cruise nights, when folks with cool cars show them off and the rest of us ogle or take a trip down memory lane. Moorhead this summer started offering a monthly Bike Night for motorcyclists, a new twist on these events that have proven especially popular with baby boomers. All three cities' events are similar in many ways. But West Fargo allows something the others don't: unrestricted alcohol. Attend a West Fargo Cruise Night and it's hard not to notice all the beer in the hands of those walking around. I don't consider mysel
As the father of a 2-year-old girl, I disdain automatic-flushing toilets. They are Enemy No.
Last week, Forum Communications Co., parent company of The Forum, rolled out over four days the results of a North Dakota political poll focusing on two weighty state measures and two hotly contested candidate races. Our aim was to give our audience some idea of how voters felt about these matters roughly a month before what many expect to be a record-turnout primary election on June 12. After much research, the company hired a reputable polling firm from Des Moines, Iowa, to survey 500 likely voters May 3-8.
I rarely, if ever, respond to letters to the editor that are critical of The Forum. There are several reasons for this. First: Being by far the largest news source in our region, we carry much influence - and that comes with big responsibilities. If people think we're wrong or don't like what we're doing, they should have a means to tell us and everyone else using that same reach. Second: We believe to our core that open discussion is the key to a strong democracy. By giving our critics a large forum, it makes us sharper and ideally builds trust in our product.
Today marks the six-month anniversary of our SheSays section. If you had asked us back on Oct. 1, we could never have anticipated the strong outpouring of emotions a modern-day women's section would garner. We heard from young and old alike. Some said it reminded them of women's sections of yesteryear.
On Friday afternoon, reporter Wendy Reuer and photographer Carrie Snyder ran out to a three-vehicle accident that was snarling traffic on the westbound lanes of Interstate 94 in Fargo. The female driver, who North Dakota Highway Patrol officers said caused the accident, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. A child passenger in her car fell into the care of officers until family members could pick her up. Snyder captured several photos of the scene, including some of the woman being arrested and a patrol officer escorting the little girl to his vehicle. For whatever rea
We learned last week that North Dakota government expects to have $1.5 billion in surplus and reserves by the middle of next year. By most measures, that's an extremely conservative estimate. Tax collections from almost all categories continue to blow away projections, and the pace of oil production is only picking up. It's why The Forum launched the "Billion-dollar Bracket" contest on today's front page. We asked readers to submit their ideas for how the state should best spend its immense and rapidly growing public wealth.