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FARGO —A former Oak Grove Lutheran School track coach plans to change his plea in a child pornography case.

Daniel Mark Stoa, 34, is slated to appear Dec. 6 in Cass County District Court for a change of plea hearing. He was scheduled to have a hearing Thursday, Sept. 23, for a promoting or directing an obscene sexual performance by a minor charge and four counts of possessing certain material prohibited by North Dakota law.

The Thursday hearing has been canceled. Stoa pleaded not guilty to the charges in March. Read more here.

North Dakota KIDS COUNT report outlines how state can build better child care system

This graphic shows the average cost of full-time child care at centers and group facilities per year compared to the cost of in-state tuition at University of North Dakota for the 2021-22 school year. 
Contributed / North Dakota KIDS COUNT
This graphic shows the average cost of full-time child care at centers and group facilities per year compared to the cost of in-state tuition at University of North Dakota for the 2021-22 school year. Contributed / North Dakota KIDS COUNT

JAMESTOWN, N.D. — A Jamestown mother who needed child care for her 2-year-old twins in 2018 said the expense of child care is a “heavy lift” for families in need of that service.

Jessica Edland's sister ran a child care business in Dickinson, North Dakota, and Edland said people who run child care programs aren’t making tons of money.

In May 2018, she found a child care provider through the Child Care Aware website but hired an in-house nanny for two months while she was waiting to get her twins into the provider. Full story here.

Standing Rock calls on feds to scrap DAPL environmental review and start over

Protests over the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline grabbed the world's attention in 2016 and 2017. (Forum News Service file photo)
Protests over the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline grabbed the world's attention in 2016 and 2017. (Forum News Service file photo)

BISMARCK — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is calling on President Joe Biden’s administration to scrap its ongoing environmental review of the Dakota Access oil pipeline and start over, alleging that the federal government has overseen a biased process and botched its tribal obligations.

In a letter sent to the Department of the Army’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Works Jaime Pinkham on Wednesday, Sept. 22, Standing Rock said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers “is already gravely off track” in its court-ordered environmental review of Dakota Access and laid out a series of requests for a revamped study. Full story here.

Low-income senior housing added to development plans for former Kmart in Fargo

Developers recently aired plans to raze the now closed south Fargo Kmart and replace it with a development featuring housing, new commercial property and a grocery store.  (Helmut Schmidt / The Forum)
Developers recently aired plans to raze the now closed south Fargo Kmart and replace it with a development featuring housing, new commercial property and a grocery store. (Helmut Schmidt / The Forum)

FARGO — A plan for the vacant Kmart building and its huge parking lot took a step forward Monday, Sept. 20, when both the Fargo City Commission and the Cass County Commission approved tax breaks for the development of a 92-unit apartment building for low-income senior citizens.

There were also unanimous votes by both bodies for another affordable senior citizen housing building with 120 units in southwest Fargo at 3361 Westrac Drive S., which is a few blocks south of the Cass County Jail.

The need for more low-income housing for seniors has been apparent with vacancy rates in the 1% to 2% range in the past two years. Full story here.



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