1. Fargo Park Board abides AG ruling

Fargo's Park Board complied on Tuesday with a ruling by North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and updated minutes from a special meeting on July 2 where former park district executive director Joel Vettel's resignation was accepted and a separation agreement was approved.

Stenehjem found that the board broke the state's open meetings law by not giving proper, detailed notice of what would be discussed at the July 2 meeting. His finding came in response to The Forum asking him to weigh in on the matter.

On Tuesday, the five-member board approved minutes with more detail of the July 2 meeting, where they also appointed deputy executive director Dave Leker as interim executive director.

Although the exact reasons for Vettel's resignation weren't discussed or specifically stated, The Forum submitted a public records request and obtained copies of a job review that wasn't as favorable for 2018 as it was for 2017.

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2. Family of Moorhead girl who drowned to file lawsuit

Grace Bettie of Moorhead, right, is pictured with her mother, Freedom Kerkula, in this undated photo. Bettie, 9, drowned in the swimming pond at Buffalo River State Park near Glyndon, Minn., on June 27, 2018. Special to The Forum
Grace Bettie of Moorhead, right, is pictured with her mother, Freedom Kerkula, in this undated photo. Bettie, 9, drowned in the swimming pond at Buffalo River State Park near Glyndon, Minn., on June 27, 2018. Special to The Forum

The family of a Moorhead girl who drowned during a youth outing at a state park plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Moorhead, the Moorhead Police Department and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the family's attorney said Tuesday.

Grace Bettie, 9, was taking part in a Moorhead police summer youth program with nearly 180 other children when she drowned in a crowded swimming pond at Buffalo River State Park near Glyndon, Minn., on June 27, 2018.

William Lubov, a Golden Valley, Minn., attorney, retained by the girl’s family last August, told The Forum the three parties were to be notified of the suit Tuesday and that as soon as he receives “proof of service” from the three defendants, the lawsuit will be filed in Clay County District Court.

A Minnesota DNR spokesperson said Tuesday that the agency had not yet received notice of the lawsuit. A Moorhead police spokesperson referred questions to City Hall.

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3. Minneapolis Fed: ND hardest hit by trade war

Spilled soybeans are pictured outside an Archer-Daniels-Midland Inc. grain elevator in St. Louis on Oct. 25, 2017.  Bloomberg photo by Luke Sharrett.
Spilled soybeans are pictured outside an Archer-Daniels-Midland Inc. grain elevator in St. Louis on Oct. 25, 2017. Bloomberg photo by Luke Sharrett.

From The Williston Herald via Forum News Service

Of the six states that lie in the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis' six-state region, North Dakota has been hit hardest by the trade war.

Just how hard, however, is difficult to pin down.

The Minneapolis Fed lists soybeans, car parts, pork, adhesive films and tapes, combine harvesters and paper towels as among the biggest export losers for the first four months of 2019 for North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Montana, and Michigan.

North Dakota showed the biggest impact of the six states, at 14%, while neighboring Montana had a 3% drop. That compares to a national dip in exports of 1% for the same period.

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4. Fargo Post 2 World Series title game

Fargo Post 2's Brayden Koenig celebrates after hitting a one-run single in the first inning of Tuesday night's American Legion Baseball World Series championship game in Shelby, N.C.      American Legion photo
Fargo Post 2's Brayden Koenig celebrates after hitting a one-run single in the first inning of Tuesday night's American Legion Baseball World Series championship game in Shelby, N.C. American Legion photo

Fargo Post 2 will have to wait another day in its bid to become the first North Dakota baseball team to win an American Legion World Series championship.

Rain suspended Tuesday night’s title game against Idaho Falls Post 56. The game will resume at 9 o'clock this morning at Veterans Field at Keeter Stadium in Shelby, N.C., and will be televised on ESPNU.

Post 2, which reached its first title game in its 91-year history, was holding a 2-1 lead after one inning. Post 2 entered the game with a 54-7 record and a 3-1 record in the World Series, its only loss a 7-3 setback to Idaho Falls in the opening round.

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5. Roosevelt in the ND Badlands

Roosevelt's ranching associates, shown in a photo believed to have been taken between 1884 and 1886. The rider second from the right is believed to be Sylvane Ferris, who along with Bill Merrifield was Roosevlt's partner in the Maltese Cross Ranch on the Little Missouri River. Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library, Dickinson State University
Roosevelt's ranching associates, shown in a photo believed to have been taken between 1884 and 1886. The rider second from the right is believed to be Sylvane Ferris, who along with Bill Merrifield was Roosevlt's partner in the Maltese Cross Ranch on the Little Missouri River. Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library, Dickinson State University

Teddy Roosevelt said the romance of his life began in the Little Missouri Badlands and he famously credited his time in the Dakota Territory for molding him into the man who became president.

He first conceived of what became the Rough Riders on the Dakota Territory Range. He had noteworthy adventures in the badlands — but wasn’t above a little puffery, according to historians.

In light of the preparations for the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum connected to his namesake national park, The Forum's Patrick Springer looks at the president's time in the Badlands.