Here is your InForum Minute morning briefing for Monday, Sept. 13.
MOORHEAD — Moorhead police are investigating a fatal Friday night, Sept. 10, shooting.
Officers responded at 8 p.m. Friday to the 3000 block of 17 Street South for a report of gunshots, according to a news release. A bystander was treating an adult victim, the release said.
Attempts to resuscitate the person were unsuccessful, police said. The investigation has been deemed a homicide case, according to the release.
“At this time, no further victim or suspect information is available,” the release said. “No one is in custody, and this case is still very active.” Full story here.
Fargo City Commission veers away from option to switch to city council, ward system
FARGO — For now, any chance of changing Fargo's style of government from a city commission to a city council has been eliminated.
A proposal to move ahead with an ordinance that would lay out the process for having Fargo's form of government transformed failed on a 3-2 vote this past week.
The ordinance, prepared by City Attorney Erik Johnson, was created at the request of the City Commission in July. It laid out how to go about changing the form of government since the city's home rule charter does not have a process for that.
The ordinance would not have changed the city's form of government. Full story here.
Fargo-Moorhead K-12 leaders report record enrollment growth despite pandemic
FARGO — Minnesota State University Moorhead expects its enrollment to continue to go down, according to preliminary numbers.
MSUM reported it had 5,047 students for the unofficial fall headcount, according to a news release issued Friday, Sept. 10. That’s down 485 students from last year, or about 9%.
Overall, the university has been on a downward trajectory since at least 2002. While there were some periods of upward trends, MSUM is slated to be down about 35% from two decades ago, if numbers hold for 2021.
The decline in enrollment is not a surprise, Brenda Amenson-Hill, vice president of enrollment management and student affairs, said in a statement. The coronavirus pandemic was expected to impact enrollment, though MSUM’s count is “right in the middle of the scenarios from our projection committee,” she said. Full story here.