Here is your InForum Minute morning briefing for Thursday, Oct. 21.



MOORHEAD — Police on Wednesday, Oct. 20, identified a woman whose body was found on a railroad bridge in north Moorhead late Sunday morning as Amber L. Evert, 38, of Moorhead.

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Police said no foul play was suspected in Evert's death and no other details were available.

Emergency workers were called to the area of north Moorhead's Memorial Park about 11:45 a.m. Sunday, where BNSF Railway workers found a woman's body on a railroad bridge crossing First Avenue North near City Hall, police said.

Minnesota policymakers can't break stalemate on $250 million, hero pay remains months away

Members of Minnesota's Frontline Worker Pay Working Group on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, met at the Capitol to consider plans to send $250 million to front-line workers.
Dana Ferguson / Forum News Service
Members of Minnesota's Frontline Worker Pay Working Group on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, met at the Capitol to consider plans to send $250 million to front-line workers. Dana Ferguson / Forum News Service

ST. PAUL — Policymakers tasked with sending $250 million to front-line workers who stayed on the job during the pandemic have failed to reach a deal after months of discussion. And they couldn't agree that they'd reached a stalemate six weeks past their deadline to hand to state lawmakers a plan for the hero pay.

Members of the Frontline Worker Pay Working Group on Wednesday, Oct. 20, again parted without a compromise after two lawmakers sought to punt the issue to the Legislature. And they learned that at a minimum, payments wouldn't reach eligible workers for at least three months.

Lawmakers and commissioners who comprise the group will try once again to strike a deal next week but members seemed less than hopeful at Wednesday's end. Full story here.

Build a mega school, add on to 2 schools or build new: West Fargo Schools considers its options

A highly preliminary drawing of a new elementary school site for West Fargo Public Schools by YHR Partners, the school district's architect and planners.
A highly preliminary drawing of a new elementary school site for West Fargo Public Schools by YHR Partners, the school district's architect and planners.

WEST FARGO — To combat overcrowding at elementary schools that feed into Sheyenne High School and Liberty Middle School, the West Fargo School board will soon be considering constructing another elementary school or paying for additions to Freedom and Independence elementary schools, potentially creating a mega-elementary.

Monday, Oct. 18, the West Fargo School Board heard three options to ease the crowding at elementary schools that feed into Sheyenne High School, especially Independence and Freedom elementary schools.

The options would be to expand Independence Elementary, build additions to both Freedom Elementary School and Independence Elementary, or build a new elementary school. Full story here.

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