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White nationalist fliers appear on vehicles at downtown Fargo apartment

A resident at the Woodrow Wilson Apartments alerted WDAY News that cars in the area had fliers from the Patriot Front on them, Monday morning Sept. 5.

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The flier placed on cars outside of the Woodrow Wilson Apartments in Fargo.
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FARGO — The white nationalist hate group, the Patriot Front, appears to have made another effort to spread its message in Fargo.

Renters at the Woodrow Wilson Apartments near downtown Fargo, recently found fliers from the group on their cars.

The graffiti art from the group popped up in a south Fargo walking tunnel last month, in addition to other vandalism which appeared on the Red Raven Espresso Parlor.

WDAY News talked to Dr. Terry Hogan, Fargo's director of diversity, equity, and inclusion. He says this recent instance is very unsettling.

"We can have disagreements, but that disagreement or those disagreements shouldn't be, 'Is that I should have hate rhetoric towards you,'" Dr. Hogan said, who started his work as Fargo's director of diversity, equity and inclusion just last year.

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Originally from Chicago, he says the transition into Fargo has been smooth, and that these acts of hate do not represent the community he's gotten to know.

"The bottom line is that the problems that I have had to solve is very minimum to none. Why? Because people in general have said to me, 'We welcome you here,'" he said.

The Fargo Police Department says they have gotten three reports of Patriot Front graffiti this year.

"If you see something that is unworthy, say something. Bring notoriety to it, so that we can stop things that shouldn't be," Dr. Hogan said.

Dr. Hogan says he's confident in the community's ability to move past this, and that it starts with everyone having voice in city government and building partnerships, strategies and initiatives to move the city forward.

Ben Morris joined WDAY in June of 2021 as a news reporter. He grew up in southern New Hampshire, before he moved to Fargo. He majored in media communications and minored in marketing at the University of Toledo in Ohio.
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