1. Report shines light on poorly performing nursing homes, including 6 in North Dakota.

FARGO — Five North Dakota nursing homes performed poorly in routine inspections and are among 435 facilities in the nation that federal officials have on a watch list that could place them under added scrutiny. Read story here

In part two of the story, one resident was denied visitors while dying; others were found outside in the cold. Read story here



2. From the archives: Mother forced to stand helplessly as Fargo twister kills seven children

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After seven children of the James McCarty family died in their Fargo home during a tornado that struck the city early on July 7, the funeral procession, led here by members of the Grand Army of the Republic and Continental Hose Company, traveled past on July 8 the Lincoln School, which can be seen in the background. Photo courtesy of Institute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo (51.52.4)
After seven children of the James McCarty family died in their Fargo home during a tornado that struck the city early on July 7, the funeral procession, led here by members of the Grand Army of the Republic and Continental Hose Company, traveled past on July 8 the Lincoln School, which can be seen in the background. Photo courtesy of Institute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo (51.52.4)

FARGO — The words “tornado”, “Fargo” and “deadly” immediately conjure images of the 1957 twister that destroyed a north Fargo neighborhood and claimed 12 lives, six of them children in the Munson family alone.

Yet, that is not Fargo’s only tragic twister tale.

Nearly 70 years before that storm ripped through town, another deadly tornado snuffed out the lives of seven children in one family living on the north edge of Fargo. Read story here



3. New book on 'female desire' tells story of woman who accused West Fargo teacher of underage sex

In this 2015 photo, a group of students stand in support of Aaron Knodel, a West Fargo teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with an underage student. He was acquitted of most of the charges, and the other charges were dismissed. Forum file photo
In this 2015 photo, a group of students stand in support of Aaron Knodel, a West Fargo teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with an underage student. He was acquitted of most of the charges, and the other charges were dismissed. Forum file photo

WEST FARGO — A new book will feature a woman who accused her now-exonerated West Fargo teacher of having a sexual relationship with her while she was an underage teen more than a decade ago.

The book, “Three Women,” by journalist Lisa Taddeo is set to be released Tuesday, July 9, by Avid Reader Press, a division of publisher Simon and Schuster. Read story here



4. McFeely: 'Dear Mr. Peterson please be so kind and send me something to eat' and other heartbreaking letters from former POWs

Former German prisoner of war Michael Oberlehner sent a letter to Moorhead farmer Hank Peterson in 1948 talking about the difficulties getting food, cigarettes and clothing in post-World War II Austria. Oberlehner worked on Peterson's farm in 1944. The letter and photograph are part of a collection housed at the Minnesota State University Moorhead archives. Mike McFeely / The Forum
Former German prisoner of war Michael Oberlehner sent a letter to Moorhead farmer Hank Peterson in 1948 talking about the difficulties getting food, cigarettes and clothing in post-World War II Austria. Oberlehner worked on Peterson's farm in 1944. The letter and photograph are part of a collection housed at the Minnesota State University Moorhead archives. Mike McFeely / The Forum

MOORHEAD — The letters are at once unfailingly polite and heartbreaking. Some nibble around the edges of what the writer really is trying to say, and others get straight to the point. All paint the topsy-turvy picture of young men believing their time as prisoners of war in a foreign land was far better than their situation after they'd been released and returned home. Read story here



5. ‘I will be at the death’: This reporter died with Custer at the Little Bighorn — a story first told 143 years ago

Mark Kellogg, a reporter for the Bismarck Tribune and New York Herald, was killed while covering the Battle of the Little Bighorn on June 25, 1876. Special to The Forum
Mark Kellogg, a reporter for the Bismarck Tribune and New York Herald, was killed while covering the Battle of the Little Bighorn on June 25, 1876. Special to The Forum

BISMARCK — Mark Kellogg was an itinerant journalist and telegraph operator who followed the Northern Pacific Railway as it forged an iron path through the Dakota Territory frontier.

After stints in Lacrosse, Wis., and Brainerd, Minn., Kellogg arrived in rough and rowdy Bismarck not long after the railroad reached town. He worked as a reporter for the Bismarck Tribune, whose press came in on the first train to reach town. Read story here