Candidate for lead Cass County prosecutor job cited for Fargo crash

No injuries were reported in the crash. Cass County Assistant State's Attorney Ryan Younggren was cited for failing to yield.

Cass County Assistant State's Attorney Ryan Younggren points Thursday, April 1, during a trial at former North Dakota Air National Guard Tech Sgt. Erik Clemenson.
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FARGO — A candidate for the lead prosecuting job in Cass County was involved in a crash Tuesday, May 17, in Fargo.

Assistant State’s Attorney Ryan Younggren was cited for failing to yield during the 5:30 p.m. crash at 32nd Avenue South and 42nd Street South, according to a report from the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

Samuel Warme, 22, of Hawley, Minnesota, was driving east on 32nd Avenue through the intersection when Younggren turned left in front of Warme’s vehicle, according to the report. Warme hit the rear passenger side of Younggren’s vehicle.

Warme had a green light and was going straight through the intersection, the report said. Younggren, who was westbound on 32nd Avenue and tried to turn left onto 42nd Street, had a flashing yellow left-turn arrow, the report said.

Younggren told The Forum he saw a gap in traffic that he thought he could get through.


Both Younggren and Warme were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. Neither reported injuries.

Warme’s and Younggren’s vehicles were towed due to “disabling damage,” according to the report. Warme was not cited.

Younggren is running for Cass County State's Attorney against colleague Kim Hegvik.

April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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