1. Sanford Health might conduct research on fighters it sponsors

Sanford Health, which is financially backing a team of mixed martial arts fighters, might also use them as research subjects.

The potentially unusual relationship between Sanford and team of fighters it sponsors raises a number of ethical concerns about who holds the power when a health care organization has an existing financial relationship with its research subjects, said a bioethics expert.

"One of the big concerns that you have about this arrangement is the question of whether or not the subjects are freely consenting to enroll in a trial if the trial is being conducted by their employers, people who are paying their salaries," said Dr. Carl Elliot, professor of bioethics at the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota.

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2. Rep. Peterson undecided on Trump impeachment

Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., speaks to constituents at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead on Friday, Nov. 8, during an agriculture discussion with Bill Northey, U.S. Department of Agriculture under secretary for farm production and conservation, center, and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. David Samson / The Forum
Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., speaks to constituents at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead on Friday, Nov. 8, during an agriculture discussion with Bill Northey, U.S. Department of Agriculture under secretary for farm production and conservation, center, and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. David Samson / The Forum

Rep. Collin Peterson says he will wait to hear the evidence before deciding whether he would support any eventual House impeachment action against President Donald Trump, but he acknowledged many of his constituents have not been shy about letting him know their opinion.

"Just about everybody who talks to me about this calls it BS. So, right now that's where they're at," Peterson said Friday, Nov. 8, after an agricultural town hall meeting held in Moorhead's Hjemkomst Center.

Peterson, D-Minn., said he understands when some Democratic lawmakers say they support pursuing an impeachment inquiry based on a sincere belief it is their duty to do so under the Constitution.

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3. Caterpillar, West Fargo couple spar in court

Ernie and Gail Brookins stand Friday, Nov. 1, in their West Fargo workshop. Ernie invented a hydraulic torque converter, seen on the bench to their left, that they are in a legal battle with Caterpillar over. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
Ernie and Gail Brookins stand Friday, Nov. 1, in their West Fargo workshop. Ernie invented a hydraulic torque converter, seen on the bench to their left, that they are in a legal battle with Caterpillar over. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

A West Fargo couple who claimed a patent was invalidated because global construction equipment giant Caterpillar allegedly lied to the U.S. patent office will have to wait several weeks for a magistrate to decide whether to dismiss their case.

U.S. District Magistrate Alice Senechal in Fargo listened Friday, Nov. 8, to arguments from Caterpillar attorney David Swenson and Ernie and Gail Brookins, who represented themselves in court. Caterpillar asked the federal court to dismiss the couple's lawsuit, which alleges the company committed fraud.

“Caterpillar broke the law in order to steal my patent, which is my private property,” Ernie Brookins said as he read from a written statement. “In order to get that done, they became white-collar crooks who need to be prosecuted and sent to jail.”

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4. Veteran seeks owner of POW-MIA ring found at rest stop

Mike Yem found this POW-MIA ring at a rest stop on Interstate 94 outside Bismarck. WDAY photo
Mike Yem found this POW-MIA ring at a rest stop on Interstate 94 outside Bismarck. WDAY photo

An Iraq War veteran in the North Dakota National Guard is searching for the owner of a POW-MIA ring found about a month ago at a rest stop along Interstate 94 just outside of Bismarck.

Mike Yem first came upon the ring when he was heading out to the Badlands to go hunting with his friend when their pickup truck broke down about 5 miles from the state's capital city.

"I opened up the door, saw (the ring) on the ground, picked it up (and) threw it into the center console," Yem said. "It ended up in my pickup (and) got buried by some stuff."

When Mike's wife Megan was cleaning his truck a few days ago, she found it again.

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5. Turkey in Fargo finds a friend in colorful car

Some call the bird a nuisance. Many morning drivers along 13th Avenue South have to dodge and brake to avoid it.

But one driver has had the most unique encounter of all.

Matt Chaussee drives the route nearly every day, but recently, the morning commute got weird in a hurry.

"It was the most bizarre thing, the past couple of weeks," he explains. "Every time we drove by him, his head would perk up and he would kind of chase the car a little bit and this happened every morning when I was taking my daughter to day care."

Watch the story from WDAY's Kevin Wallevand