Ryan Johnson has been a Forum reporter since 2012 and previously wrote for the Grand Forks Herald.
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FARGO — A state representative from Fargo will run for the North Dakota Senate. Rep. Thomas Beadle, R-Fargo, announced Tuesday, Feb. 20, that he'll seek election to the Senate from District 27 this fall.
FARGO — Several local Walmart employees are speaking out about alleged discrimination they say they've suffered at their jobs, including an unfair reduction in hours and prejudicial harassment by a manager. However, a company spokesperson said an internal investigation didn't find any evidence of discrimination at a Fargo store, 4731 13th Ave. S. Several employees spoke during the Fargo Human Relations Commission meeting Thursday, Feb. 15, and Chairwoman Rachel Hoffman said a total of about a dozen employees who were born in Somalia or Kenya attended the meeting.
MOORHEAD — It's the little things that matter to Rogna "Ronnie" Hewitt. The 99-year-old hardly remembers a time when The Forum wasn't in her life — she's been a subscriber since she married John "Ted" Hewitt in 1942. Over all those decades, Hewitt said it remained her daily source of news — but her connection has evolved along the way.
FARGO — A new downtown needle exchange program was approved by the City Commission on Monday, Feb. 12, but not without a debate about providing clean syringes to drug users. The commission voted 4-1 to approve Fargo Cass Public Health's Good Neighbor Project Syringe Services Program in a city-owned building at 510 5th St. N. Dave Piepkorn cast the lone dissenting vote.
FARGO — Luck picked the winning downtown bar that got a liquor license Monday, Feb. 12 — but the loser could get one soon, too.
FARGO — Two new bars want to open downtown — but first, the owners might need some luck in an unusual first for the city's liquor license process. Two bars, District 64 at 64 Broadway N. and Cowboy Jack's at 64 4th St. N., have applied for a Class Z alcoholic beverage license. City Auditor Steve Sprague said both are qualified applicants that passed background checks. But there's an issue: Only one license is available, and it might be awarded by chance.
FARGO — A program that offers transitional housing as a stepping stone between addiction treatment and mainstream society has expanded less than a year after it launched. Fargo's ShareHouse Inc. recently announced that it expanded its Recovery Living Program last month to now have up to 35 beds available for residents, an increase from nine beds dedicated to the program when it first became available last June. President and CEO Nate Medhus said the expansion was part of the plan from the beginning after getting the program off the ground last year.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A former Fargo resident is suing officials in her home state of Alabama, alleging discrimination against transgender people. Darcy Jeda Corbitt, 25, is one of three plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday, Feb. 6. Corbitt v. Taylor is backed by the American Civil Liberties Union, and claims Alabama's requirements for changing the gender designation on driver's licenses makes it difficult or impossible for transgender people.
WISHEK, N.D. — A mother of two elementary students here has filed a lawsuit alleging school officials are infringing upon her right to parent by restricting her access to school property and events. Katie Pinke's lawsuit, filed in federal court on Monday, Feb. 5, claims the Wishek School Board's unanimous vote Nov. 13 to require her to notify and get approval from Superintendent Shawn Kuntz before visiting school property was retaliation for her complaints about how school officials handled an incident in which a student brought a gun to Wishek Elementary School.
FARGO – He’s all but off the market, ladies. Carson Wentz, perhaps the most famous North Dakotan of the moment after the Eagles’ Super Bowl win last weekend, is engaged.