1. Judge blocks new ND abortion law

A federal judge blocked the state of North Dakota from enforcing a new law requiring physicians to inform patients that it may be possible to reverse a drug-induced abortion Tuesday, Sept. 10, ruling that it violates doctors' First Amendment protections against "compelled speech."

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland sided with the American Medical Association and the state's sole abortion clinic, which brought the lawsuit and requested a preliminary injunction against a law they argued would force physicians to lie to patients.

Supporters of House Bill 1336, which the Republican-controlled Legislature easily passed before Gov. Doug Burgum signed it in March, argue it would give women the full information needed to make a decision about ending a pregnancy. Opponents say it's unsupported by science.

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2. Rains are too much, too late for farmers

Lindsey Fingarson's rain gauge shows 1.25 inches that fell on the night of Monday, Sept. 9, on his farm north of Edinburg, N.D. It was a dry summer in far northeastern North Dakota for many farmers until recently, and now farmers are waiting for drier weather to continue harvest. More than 2 inches of rain have fallen in the past two weeks at Fingarson's farm, which is the equivalent of the amount of rain that fell in the area during the entire growing season. Photo by Eric Hylden / Forum News Service
Lindsey Fingarson's rain gauge shows 1.25 inches that fell on the night of Monday, Sept. 9, on his farm north of Edinburg, N.D. It was a dry summer in far northeastern North Dakota for many farmers until recently, and now farmers are waiting for drier weather to continue harvest. More than 2 inches of rain have fallen in the past two weeks at Fingarson's farm, which is the equivalent of the amount of rain that fell in the area during the entire growing season. Photo by Eric Hylden / Forum News Service

Gray clouds spitting rain on his eyeglasses, Lindsey Fingarson pulls up a rain gauge from the soggy ground on his farmstead near Edinburg. The gauge, mud sticking to its bottom, registered 1.25 inches.

For Fingarson and other northern Walsh County farmers, the rain, when it finally came, was too late to help this year’s crops. In the past two weeks, Fingarson’s farm has received a total of 2 inches. That’s the same amount that fell during the previous three months.

Now the opposite extreme is causing Fingarson to be disheartened.

“The timing of the rain is all wrong,” he said on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

More from Forum News Service's Ann Bailey

3. Minn. man sentenced in beating death of 3-year-old son

Tracy Norman Brant
Tracy Norman Brant

A 36-year-old Breckenridge man who pleaded guilty in July to second-degree murder in the death of his toddler son was sentenced Tuesday, Sept. 10, to 25 years in prison.

Tracy Norman Brant was accused of killing his 3-year-old son Winter Sky Barker, who was found dead with blunt-force injuries in the family's apartment on April 10, 2018.

According to court documents, police responded to an incident at the apartment that morning and found Brant performing chest compressions on the 3-year-old, who had no pulse and was not breathing.

Emergency crews were not able to revive Barker. Brant’s girlfriend said the boy had bumps on his head and bruises but was fine the day before, according to court documents.

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4. UND students won't be able to resell tickets

The UND student section unfurls the Nodak Nation flag prior to a hockey game against the University of Wisconsin Badgers at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks. Photo by Nick Nelson for Forum News Service
The UND student section unfurls the Nodak Nation flag prior to a hockey game against the University of Wisconsin Badgers at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks. Photo by Nick Nelson for Forum News Service

UND students will not be able to resell their men's hockey tickets this season.

Ticketmaster made the decision this summer to not support the “closed ticket buyer module,” which was the platform that allowed students to sell their tickets exclusively to other students.

So, if UND continued to allow the resale of tickets, members of the general public would be able to buy the student tickets and start sitting in the student section.

UND and Ralph Engelstad Arena didn't want that.

More from Forum News Service reporter Sydney Mook and WDAY's Ken Chase

5. Fargo teachers union going to court over contract

Fargo School board negotiators, from left, Kristi Ulrich,  Jennifer Benson (hidden), David Paulson and John Rodenbiker discuss teacher contract issues on Wednesday night, May 21, with Fargo Education Association negotiators at right, from back, Jenifer Mastrud, Grant Kraft, Heather Guy-Spickard and David Marquardt.
Fargo School board negotiators, from left, Kristi Ulrich, Jennifer Benson (hidden), David Paulson and John Rodenbiker discuss teacher contract issues on Wednesday night, May 21, with Fargo Education Association negotiators at right, from back, Jenifer Mastrud, Grant Kraft, Heather Guy-Spickard and David Marquardt.

The Fargo Education Association, the local teachers union, is going to court in an attempt to bring the Fargo School Board back to the negotiating table.

The association released a statement on Tuesday, Sept. 10, that it had filed papers Monday in Cass County District Court to force Fargo school officials to resume teacher contract talks.

The Fargo School Board declared an impasse on Aug. 26 at the last negotiation session between the two sides, though association representatives maintain there was no reason to call an impasse and have asked that talks continue.

Read more from The Forum's Dave Olson