5 things to know today: Fatal shooting, April storm, Submitting signatures, Financial advantage, Cleanup week

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Jeff Glover Jr.
Jeff Glover Jr., of Mott, North Dakota, was killed inside his child's school when a Hettinger County Deputy shot and killed him in what officers say was a disturbance and an assault on the responding officer.

1. Sheriff's deputy fatally shoots man during child custody dispute inside Hettinger County school

The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation is working to determine the details of a deadly police shooting inside a Hettinger County school.

The incident happened Thursday afternoon, April 21, inside the Mott-Regent School in Hettinger just before 3 p.m. According to a press release from the Hettinger County Sheriff's Office Friday afternoon, deputies responded to a report of a disturbance inside the school.

A deputy made contact with a man who refused to leave the school, the release said.

Watch the full story from WDAY's Matt Henson and Nick Broadway


2. Storm will bring widespread rain in Red River Valley — with waves of thunderstorms possible

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The spring storm raking across the region this weekend will bring steady rain punctuated by repeated waves of thunderstorms that could cause localized overland flooding in parts of eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.

The afternoon of Friday, April 22, the National Weather Service issued a flood watch along and north of Highway 200 in North Dakota, extending east into part of northwestern Minnesota.

There were reports of overland flooding in Steele County Friday afternoon, and heavy rain was falling as the low-pressure system moving across South Dakota crept to the east, south of Grand Forks.

Severe weather is expected after 9 p.m. in much of eastern North Dakota, the National Weather Service advised. The affected area is south of Devils Lake, north of Grand Forks and Thief River Falls, Minnesota, and all areas to the south of that line in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Read more from Forum News Service's Patrick Springer


3. Group aiming to raise bar for changing North Dakota Constitution submits signatures

Former North Dakota Adj. General Mike Haugen speaks at a press conference in support of a proposed ballot measure on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in the North Dakota Capitol.
Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service

A group of North Dakotans trying to raise the threshold for amending the state constitution has taken a step toward getting its measure to appear on the November ballot.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced Friday, April 22, that the measure's sponsoring committee turned in what it says are about 33,600 signatures in support of making it more difficult to change the state's guiding legal document.

If Jaeger's office deems at least 31,164 signatures came from qualified North Dakota residents, the measure will be placed on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Under state law, constitutional measures can pass with a simple majority vote — a bar the group believes is too low. The measure would raise that requirement to 60% of the voters in an election. The proposal would also mandate that only a single subject can be addressed in a constitutional ballot measure.

The group's effort comes after several successful constitutional measures passed in recent years, including one that established the state Ethics Commission in 2018.


Read more from Forum News Service's Jeremy Turley

4. Republicans carry massive financial advantage into North Dakota congressional races

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., speaks to delegates at the North Dakota Republican Party state convention on Saturday, April 2, 2022.
Kyle Martin / The Forum

Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Kelly Armstrong, the two endorsed North Dakota Republicans running for Congress this year, hold several key advantages over their opponents, including incumbency, superior name recognition and the popularity of their party.

But perhaps their biggest edge in pursuit of reelection is cash.

Hoeven and Armstrong maintain mammoth campaign reserves heading into election season. Their Democratic opponents have very little to fund their underdog campaigns.

Earlier this month, Hoeven, a former governor and banker who has held his Senate seat since 2011, reported more than $3.2 million in his campaign coffers, according to Federal Election Commission filings.

Katrina Christiansen, a Jamestown engineering professor and the endorsed Democrat in the Senate race, reported just $6,700 in her nascent campaign account.

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5. Get ready for cleanup days, weeks in metro

Cleanup Week
An example of how to stack items for Cleanup Week. Special to The Forum

The metro is gearing up for spring cleaning.

Moorhead has changed the name of its annual citywide extra trash collection to Cleanup Days, while in Fargo, Dilworth and West Fargo they are still calling it Cleanup Week.

The rules and regulations vary by city, but most items will be picked up. Demolition and construction materials, residential electronics and household chemicals will not be collected.

Moorhead announced this year it won't be collecting tires and said those should be taken to retail tire shops.

Read more from The Forum's Helmut Schmidt

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A select rundown of stories found on InForum.
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A select rundown of stories found on InForum.