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The North Dakota State University campus. Forum file photo
The North Dakota State University campus. Forum file photo

FARGO — The field of candidates for president of North Dakota State University has been winnowed to five finalists who will be interviewed on campus.

The North Dakota State University Presidential Search Committee announced the finalists on Tuesday, Jan. 18, selected from a national pool of candidates.

Each candidate will present an open forum at the Memorial Union, Ballroom A, or accessible by Zoom. The hour-long open forums will begin at 10:30 a.m. Candidates will then be available to meet and greet the campus from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Full story on the candidates here.

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Fargo city commissioners taking action against Police Chief David Zibolski

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Fargo Police Chief David Zibolski speaks to the Fargo City Commission Monday night, Feb. 8, regarding increases in drug overdose deaths. David Olson/The Forum

FARGO — Despite Commissioner Dave Piepkorn calling for Fargo Police Chief David Zibolski's immediate dismissal during an interview Wednesday morning, Jan. 19, on KFGO's "News and Views with Joel Heitkamp" program, Mayor Tim Mahoney and other commissioners don't agree.

Commissioner Tony Gehrig said he is working with city administrators on a performance improvement plan for the police chief, which Mahoney also favors.

In Gehrig's mind, there are three ways the city commission can address concerns about morale and staffing issues in the department. Full story here.

1 killed, 3 seriously injured in I-94 crash near Tower City

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A photograph of the Hagerott family from an online fundraiser set up after Kelli Hagerott, 43, was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 94 near Tower City, North Dakota.
Family photo via GoFundMe

TOWER CITY, N.D. — An SUV rear-ended a broken-down tow truck Saturday, Jan. 22, on Interstate 94, killing one motorist and badly injuring three others.

The crash happened at about 9 p.m. Saturday on a stretch of road with scattered ice 2 miles east of Tower City, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

A 1997 International flatbed tow truck with a mechanical issue stopped in the right driving lane of westbound I-94. The driver, Mario Butler, 43, of Minot, called another tow truck and received a ride away from the scene, leaving the tow truck with the mechanical problem in the driving lane, the patrol said. Full story here.

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