Matthew Von Pinnon
Von Pinnon is editor of The Forum.
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Every year at The Forum, we welcome several paid summer interns. While the interns always learn a lot during their stay, and do exactly the same kind of work that our professionals do, we benefit from them as well. Today's youth, and what they're interested in, helps us see fresh perspectives.
Growing up a block from Moorhead State's Alex Nemzek Field, I've always loved Independence Day. Every year at dusk on the Fourth of July, thousands of people descend on my old stomping grounds for the annual fireworks display. I try to make it there each year, and, when I do, I park in my dad's driveway. While most of the people who arrive there that night come for the big fireworks, I come for other reasons, many of which bring me back to fond childhood memories of growing up in south-central Moorhead. The best part of the city's annual Independence Day celebration is in its chaos. Parki
If you are one of the relatively few people who listen to KFGO's "News and Views" with Joel Heitkamp these days, you might not have heard that North Dakota's fourth-largest city is enduring a flood of historic proportions. Instead, Heitkamp has spent considerable air time the past 10 days trying to get listeners fired up about what he thinks is a much bigger story for the people of our area to know: The wife of Forum Communications Co.
Last Wednesday and Thursday, while floodwaters caused problems along the Missouri and Souris rivers in North Dakota, a first-of-its-kind gathering of public agency officials and volunteers met in Fargo to determine how to better protect people and property from routine flooding in the Red River Valley and Devils Lake region. Called the Integrated Warning Team Workshop, its mission was to examine how flood information put out by these various agencies is actually used by the public and to try to form a team that can speak with a unified voice to better help the public understand the issues tha
Mother's Day will always mean something more for me. Last year, after spending the entire day with her children, grandchildren and husband, my mom had an unexpected heart attack and died. She was 70. I got the call from Dad late that night. I could hear the uncertainty in his voice. An ambulance had taken her to the hospital. I came quickly, but not quickly enough to say goodbye.
Every time it seems this saga over UND's "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo might conclude, another twist in the script keeps us turning the page - or shutting the book in disgust. Both sides are firmly dug in. That was made clear this past week when the NCAA said it was not budging on the nickname issue even though North Dakota has written retention of the name and logo into state law. But there is a solution that doesn't get talked about much - a decision bound to leave both the NCAA and North Dakota feeling unfulfilled yet dignified. The best compromises do that. It's so simple.
REED TOWNSHIP, NORTH OF WEST FARGO - Karen Kraft and her mother, Sandra Scheidegger, are at the crossroads of water politics this weekend. Karen lives within a short walk of her semi-rural childhood home, where her mother still resides. The only thing separating the two is 19th Avenue North, a gravel road in these parts where it intersects with Cass County Road 17. Karen's on the north side of 19th, her mother on the south side. A swollen Sheyenne River routinely floods the area this time of year, though most homes are high and stay dry.
The family of Dylan Cox has been on my mind a lot this past week. Dylan is the 17-year-old Amor, Minn., teen who last Monday night killed Tabitha Belmonte, his 16-year-old girlfriend and mother of his 7-month-old child. Dylan then turned the gun on himself. Tabitha's funeral is tomorrow. Friends and classmates gathered Thursday night and again on Friday morning at Perham's school to publicly grieve and reminisce about the too-short life of the young mother. Meanwhile, Dylan's family and friends grieve in relative obscurity.
One year ago tomorrow, the Red River at Fargo-Moorhead crested at 36.95 feet, about nine days after it began rising. Two years ago today, the Red in Fargo eclipsed 18 feet - minor flood stage - on its way eight days later to a crest of 40.82 feet, the highest level since man began putting a numbered stick in the river at Fargo to record such things. These tight time frames from the start of flooding to top-level crests stand out in our minds because they are relatively fresh. But the circumstances of the epic 2009 flood probably won't be repeated anytime soon.
There's a saying in the newspaper business that every night is election night in the sports department. See, news departments plan for weeks and even months for big election nights, evenings usually marked by lots of late-breaking results and tighter-than-normal deadlines for everyone. The sports department, on the other hand, works in similar conditions more often than not, which leads to the saying. But even for busy sports departments, nothing compares in their world to the maddening pace of March, when most college and high school winter sports are consumed by playoff games and champion