1. Racial comments preceded shooting, suspect told police

A verbal confrontation that occurred before the fatal shooting of Jason Halvorson, a local food truck owner, in June might have been racially charged, according to information provided during a court hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Halvorson, a white man, was shot multiple times at about 1 a.m. on June 7, and Kareem Lee Byrd and Charles Edward Harris III, both black men, were later charged in connection with the killing. Those close to Halvorson told The Forum they don't believe he would have said anything racially insensitive.

"That's not the way Jason is — he's not prejudiced," said Michelle Rohrich, Halvorson's cousin, adding that she was shocked when that information came up during Wednesday's hearing.

Read more from The Forum's Raju Chaduvula

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2. Man involved in incident near NDSU arrested

Fargo police surrounded a home in the 1100 block of College Street North late Monday night after a man ran back into the home following a verbal dispute with his wife outside the home when police arrived. Residents were urged to evacuate or shelter in place in the neighborhood.   Barry Amundson / The Forum
Fargo police surrounded a home in the 1100 block of College Street North late Monday night after a man ran back into the home following a verbal dispute with his wife outside the home when police arrived. Residents were urged to evacuate or shelter in place in the neighborhood. Barry Amundson / The Forum

The commander of Red River Valley SWAT says he can't remember the last time his team had to negotiate a hostage situation.

"It's very rare," said Lt. Bill Ahlfeldt with the Fargo Police Department, who has been a member of the SWAT team for 16 years, and its leader for the past five.

There have been cases where the team was called in for a hostage situation in recent years, he said, but all have been resolved before SWAT ever arrived.

However, the team trains about once a month for situations like the one that unfolded the night of Monday, Sept. 16, when a man was thought to have barricaded himself inside a home with two young girls in a neighborhood south of the North Dakota State University campus.

Read more from The Forum's Barry Amundson

3. Funeral arrangements made for Landon Solberg

Landon Solberg seen here with his sister earlier this summer in a photo from his CaringBridge.
Landon Solberg seen here with his sister earlier this summer in a photo from his CaringBridge.

When Bud Leinen returned home from the war, he and more than 160 other World War II veterans from Wahpeton-Breckenridge formed a club and made a pact.

The group of men had fought in Europe and the islands in the South Pacific. And their agreement? The last one standing gets a bottle of Virginia Dare red wine.

Now, the honor of last man falls to Leinen. From that crowd of more than 160, he is it.

Read more from The Forum's Carissa Wigginton

McFeely: Landon's faith was unshakable, even in the face of the unthinkable

4. 'Protecting our people'

An aerial photograph taken Feb. 13, 2017, shows the sprawling Sacred Stone Camp on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and along the Cannonball River that was near the main protest camp. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune
An aerial photograph taken Feb. 13, 2017, shows the sprawling Sacred Stone Camp on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and along the Cannonball River that was near the main protest camp. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Mike Faith said passersby would probably never know that the reservation's northern border was the site of international news when thousands of protesters gathered to help the tribe fight the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

When the nearly yearlong protest ended in early 2017, Standing Rock’s Environmental Protection Agency spent about $800,000 and 11 weeks to clean up leftover trash, generators, wood stoves, pup tents and dozens of broken-down cars from protesters who weren’t ready to leave when newly minted President Donald Trump reversed his predecessor’s order and allowed the pipeline’s construction to continue.

“We literally picked up every little piece of paper,” said Hans Young Bird Bradley, the brownfields coordinator for the tribe’s EPA. “We turned over every rock.”

Watch the story from The Forum's Natasha Rausch

5. 'Tankhouse' shooting locations

The Sons of Norway will be used as a location in the film Tankhouse.
David Samson / The Forum
The Sons of Norway will be used as a location in the film Tankhouse. David Samson / The Forum

After months of writing (and re-writing), hours of tweaking and editing and a few scouting trips from sunny California to the humid oasis that is North Dakota in the summer, filming has finally begun on "Tankhouse."

Throughout the week, the cast and crew of the new film has been filming scenes at the newly-transformed Broadway Garage in downtown Fargo. But where exactly will the rest of the movie be set in our bustling city? Some of the locations may surprise you.

Read more from The Forum's Emma Vatnsdal