Here is your InForum Minute morning briefing for Tuesday, Oct. 12.



Ronald Thompson. West Fargo Public Schools / Special to InForum
Ronald Thompson. West Fargo Public Schools / Special to InForum


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WEST FARGO — Former West Fargo teacher Ronald Thompson will be charged with soliciting a minor after an out-of-state tip led West Fargo investigators to suspect he had been trying to solicit a minor online.

At a press conference, Wednesday, Feb. 24, West Fargo Police Chief Denis Otterness said during the investigation, which involved investigators from a specialized task force, Thompson solicited a minor online that was actually an undercover investigator. Full story here.

Minnesota DNR puts temporary ban on transport of farmed deer to halt chronic wasting disease

A whitetail buck in the final stages of the always-fatal chronic wasting disease. 
Contributed / Warden Micheal Hopper, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism
A whitetail buck in the final stages of the always-fatal chronic wasting disease. Contributed / Warden Micheal Hopper, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism

ST. PAUL — Minnesota temporarily banned the transport of white-tailed deer in the state due to increasing reports of a fatal disease in the animals.

The Department of Natural Resources on Monday, Oct. 11, put in place an emergency rule ceasing the importation of white-tailed deer into the state and the movement of farmed white-tailed deer around the state. The order comes after a Wisconsin deer farm shipped 387 deer with chronic wasting disease to five states, including Minnesota and North Dakota. Full story here.

Fargo-Moorhead to hold Tuesday meeting for input on bicycle and pedestrian plan

FARGO — The Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments will soon be holding two virtual public open houses to discuss a bicycle and pedestrian plan update.

The meetings will be from noon to 1 p.m. and from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, and will begin by showing a presentation about the project, which will be followed by a question and answer session.

Every five years, the Metro COG updates the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan, which takes a comprehensive look at the area's bicycle and pedestrian networks. Area plans for the networks have been discussed since 1975, and the community has met to discuss the plan 115 times since its inception. Full story here.

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