5 things to know today: Ruled ineligible, Budget slashed, LWCF funding, Historic home, 'Creepy' Karpis

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The West Fargo Sheyenne Mustangs won't be playing in the North Dakota boys state soccer tournament after using an ineligible player the entire season and having to forfeit those games.
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1. West Fargo Sheyenne boys soccer team ruled ineligible for this week's ND state tournament

The West Fargo Sheyenne boys soccer team won't compete at the North Dakota state tournament this week.

Sheyenne administration notified the North Dakota High School Activities Association on Monday night that the team used an ineligible player during the entire season.

"The deliberate or inadvertent use of an ineligible participant in a team sport includes the prescribed penalty of forfeiture of all matches in which the student participated," the NDHSAA wrote in a release.


It was found during a routine review of learner records that an ineligible player was found to have participated on the team throughout the season, according to a news release from West Fargo Public Schools on Tuesday morning.

Sheyenne was the No. 2 seed from the East Region and the Mustangs were 11-4-2 overall and 8-4-2 in the Eastern Dakota Conference prior to the forfeits.

District superintendent Beth Slette, district activities director Logan Midthun and Sheyenne activities coordinator Cory Hermann addressed the situation at a news conference at West Fargo's Leidal Education Center on Tuesday afternoon. Secondary assistant superintendent Vince Williams and Sheyenne High School principal Ryan Salisbury were also present.

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2. 11th-hour motion slashes West Fargo's 2023 budget

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West Fargo City Hall and police station (Matt Von Pinnon/Forum)

In an attempt to curb city spending, the West Fargo City Commission cut several items from the city budget before ultimately approving it on Monday, Oct. 3.


The city's budget hearing was extended from the commission's Sept. 19 meeting to Oct. 3 due to a notice hearing. On Monday, the commission again considered the 2023 budget as initially proposed.

City Administrator Tina Fisk said there were no changes to the previously proposed 2023 budget, which lowered the mill levy by less than 0.48 mills to a total of 72.21 mills.

An initial motion to pass the budget failed Monday, with Commissioners Mark Simmons and Roben Anderson voting against it, and Mayor Bernie Dardis and Commissioner Brad Olson voting in favor. Commissioner Mandy George was not in attendance.

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3. Department of Interior awards $1.3M in LWCF funding for North Dakota projects


The Department of the Interior has awarded $1,250,858.23 to the state of North Dakota from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, according to a news release from the office of Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Authorized by Congress, LWCF funds support local public parks projects, state conservation and expand outdoor recreation access.

When he first came to the Senate, Cramer helped pass the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, which was signed into law by President Trump in March 2019. The bill reauthorized and reformed the LWCF program so states receive at least 40% of its funding. Traditionally, the majority of investments were spent on federal land acquisition.

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4. Fargo eyes 5 options for fate of 'architectural masterpiece' in the way of flood levee construction

This home seen Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at 1458 S. River Road, Fargo, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s granddaughter and another Wright apprentice. It is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
This home seen Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at 1458 S. River Road, Fargo, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s granddaughter and another Wright apprentice. It is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

City leaders and a north Fargo family are mulling potential options for the future of a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's granddaughter.

The house at 1458 S. River Road was designed and built by Elizabeth Wright Ingraham and her husband, Gordon Ingraham. Both studied under Wright, an iconic American architect.

In 2016, the city placed the house, which is owned by the John Stern family, on a list of homes to be bought out to make room for a flood-protection levee along the Red River.

However, Stern wasn't willing to sell and the house was taken off the buyout list in 2017.

Since then, Stern and Fargo officials have talked about what to do with the property .

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5. How an ND woman kidnapped by gangster 'Creepy' Karpis and shot in his getaway car finally got justice

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In 1971, after nearly 40 years, Ruth Whipps, lays eyes again upon the gangster who kidnapped her during a bank robbery in 1932.
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Ruth Whipps was used to standing out in the crowd. In the fall of 1932, the 46-year-old bookkeeper was the only woman who worked at Citizen’s National Bank in Wahpeton, North Dakota.

But even she wasn’t quite ready to stand out the way she did on Sept. 30 when she was grabbed by a bank robber, forced to cling for dear life to the outside of his speeding getaway car, and riddled with bullets.

For decades, she never knew the identity of the man. But in 1971 — when she was 85 years old and living in a nursing home — she found out that the man who took her hostage was one of America’s most notorious gangsters, “Public Enemy No. 1.”

Read more from The Forum's Tracy Briggs

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