5 things to know today: Moving clinic, Remaining legal, Cemetery fight, Horace growth, Weekend guide
A select rundown of stories found on InForum.
1. North Dakota's lone abortion clinic to move to Minnesota after Supreme Court ruling
North Dakota’s only abortion clinic will move from Fargo to Moorhead after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to overturn Roe v. Wade on Friday, June 24, returning the abortion issue to state legislatures.
When the move of the Red River Women’s Clinic occurs, it will mark the first time in more than 40 years that North Dakota will be without a facility providing abortions.
Clinic Director Tammi Kromenaker said while she knew the ruling was coming because of the draft opinion leaked in May, it's still "devastating."
"Unreal. Unbelievable," Kromenaker said in an interview from the clinic. "It's vicious. But to see it become reality is still a shock."
2. Abortion remains legal in Minnesota despite Supreme Court decision
Abortion services will still be legal in Minnesota despite the U.S. Supreme Court's historic decision on Friday, June 24, that overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that recognized a woman's constitutional right to an abortion and legalized it nationwide.
The court, in a 6-3 ruling, upheld a Republican-backed Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy except in the case of a medical emergency or severe fetal abnormality.
Planned Parenthood North Central States president and CEO Sarah Stoesz on Friday called the decision "an unconscionable rollback of fundamental rights" that will harm millions of people since abortion access now hinges on state laws.
"An abortion ban is not a ban for all people. It is only a ban for certain people who are unable to travel," Stoesz said. "And for many people, that's not just a question of not having the funds to travel, there are many other barriers that keep them from being able to travel. Abortion bans fall highly inequitably upon the people of this country there's no question about it. It's deepening health disparities."
Stoesz said Planned Parenthood has been preparing for the decision for months and is committed to providing abortions where they are legal, including in Minnesota.
3. A cemetery fight was roiling this South Dakota church. Then came the armed guards
Rollie Trooien stood outside the plain white church on a hot Sunday afternoon, June 12, determined to attend the annual meeting of the cemetery association.
He was eager to vote on the association’s new leadership.
After all, generations of his ancestors were buried here, in the cemetery by Singsaas Church , a rural house of worship on the South Dakota side of the Minnesota state line.
Yet in front of him, on the church's front steps, were guards — armed guards. Their untucked shirts showed the lines of hip-holstered handguns.
Then there was the AR-15. Someone had reported seeing an assault rifle, a weapon built for a war zone, not a house of worship.
Trooien, 82, wryly admitted later he was beginning to have doubts about the wisdom of attending this meeting.
"I got second thoughts about wanting to go in the church, because if I'm the one they're after and they have an AR-15, I wouldn't have much chance — it would be kind of a shooting gallery," he said. "You hear about these shootings and that, and you say, 'I don't want to get shot — not today anyway,' so you put up your guard a little bit."
The AR-15 sighting was the last straw from someone in the crowd. They called the sheriff.
4. Growth in Horace 'exploding'; as homes pop up around new schools, businesses, other amenities have followed
Horace, long a sleepy little bedroom community for the Fargo-Moorhead metro area, is booming.
Last year, the town of 4,200 saw nearly 300 building permits taken out for single family homes, and it is on track for something similar this year, City Administrator Brent Holper said.
And the town's list of wants and needs is being steadily checked off.
The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy recently opened next to Vive Salon, and Sanford Health has announced it will open a clinic next year in a strip mall now under construction.
The Catholic Diocese of Fargo has also confirmed that it is building a parish hall there for St. Benedict Catholic Church - a prelude to eventually building a new St. Benedict’s there.
The city has two big new schools, Heritage Middle School and Horace High School. And basements are being dug and foundations poured around them by the dozen as developers race to take advantage of those magnets for young families.
To curly top it all off, a Dairy Queen Grill and Chill restaurant should be opening there this fall.
“A lot of those different elements are starting to fall into place, so we’re excited about that. And we’re continuing to get more jobs into our community, which is always good, too,” Holper told The Forum in a recent interview.
5. A fan's guide to catching the Great Race this weekend in Fargo and Detroit Lakes
Vintage car fans will have plenty of opportunities to take in the final miles and finish of the Great Race in downtown Fargo on Sunday, June 26.
Similarly, fans of four-wheeled beauty will be able to get an eyeful in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, on Saturday, June 25, with local car clubs showing off their highly burnished babies before the Great Race rolls into that town for an afternoon and early evening stop.
The weather should be a plus. Winds out of the northwest are expected to be brisk and gusty, but both days should be in the low- to mid-70s, dry with some sun peeking through the clouds - and not nearly as hot or soggy - as Friday.
On Sunday, Fargo spectators can expect to start seeing the cars in the Great Race arrive at the corner of 19th Avenue North and North University Drive about 12:45 p.m. The course will then wind south through the northside and into downtown, said Stephonie Broughton, a spokeswoman for the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau. Racers will drive south on North University to 12th Avenue North, then east to Broadway. They will head south on Broadway to Seventh Avenue North, then jog east again to Fourth Street North. They then continue south to First Avenue North, before turning west until they hit Broadway again. At that point, the racers turn north, crossing the finish line at Broadway Square at Second Avenue North. The first cars should do that between 1 and 1:15 p.m., local officials say. The last cars should cross the finish line about 3 p.m., with an award ceremony planned for 4 p.m.
A big chunk of Broadway will be blocked off to traffic and parking - except for the racers - for much of Sunday, Broughton said Thursday, June 23.
There will be no parking on Broadway, from First Avenue North, north to the railroad tracks (just past Fifth Avenue North) from 5 a.m to 5 p.m. That stretch of Broadway will be closed by 6 a.m. to all traffic but the racers, said Broughton.
The finish line is being sponsored by Fargo’s OK Tire and Service store.