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Several firefighters stand outside a small white church.
Firefighters work the scene of an arson fire at Maple Sheyenne Lutheran Church in Harwood on Friday, June 17, 2022.
David Samson / The Forum

HARWOOD, N.D. — The Cass County Sheriff's Office says somebody apparently tried to start a fire "several times" in a Harwood, North Dakota church.

A fire that damaged Maple Sheyenne Lutheran Church near Harwood Friday morning, June 17, is being investigated as suspicious. Investigators are expected to release more information about the fire today, Friday, June 24. Here's a look back at last week's story on the fire.

Fargo driver could face charges after airplane hangar crash

Hector International Airport in north Fargo. Forum file photo
Hector International Airport in north Fargo. Forum file photo

FARGO — A 32-year-old woman may face criminal charges after she allegedly drove a pickup truck through a private hangar at Hector International Airport and damaged two airplanes.


At about 1:33 p.m. on June 13, Rachelle Slotten of Fargo drove a 2022 Chevrolet SLV into the private hangar north of the Fargo Jet Center, a hub for private planes, according to Greg Schildberger, a spokesman for the city of Fargo.

Slotten then struck an airplane, which spun around and hit a second airplane, according to Schildberger. Full story here.

North Dakota governor requests presidential disaster declaration for spring storms, flooding

The National Guard used several 1-ton sandbags to stabilize the Bourbanis Dam when it was in danger of rupturing in the spring of 2022 in northeast North Dakota.
Photo contributed by Kyle Gagner

BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum has asked for a presidential disaster declaration after spring storms and flooding caused more than $57 million in damage across North Dakota.

The request to President Joe Biden and the Federal Emergency Management Agency would cover 40 counties , including Adams, Barnes, Billings, Bottineau, Burke, Cavalier, Dickey, Divide, Dunn, Foster, Golden Valley, Grand Forks, Grant, Griggs, Hettinger, Kidder, LaMoure, Logan, McHenry, McIntosh, McKenzie, McLean, Mountrail, Nelson, Oliver, Pembina, Ramsey, Ransom, Renville, Richland, Rolette, Sargent, Steele, Stutsman, Towner, Traill, Walsh, Ward, Wells and Williams. Full story here.

More than 5,500 North Dakota deer licenses remain after first lottery, Game and Fish says

North Dakota’s regular deer gun season opens at noon Friday Nov. 10. (North Dakota Game and Fish Department photo)
More than 5,500 deer licenses remain in this year's deer gun lottery.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department photo

BISMARCK – North Dakota’s deer gun lottery has been held, and more than 5,500 deer gun licenses remain. Only resident applicants who were unsuccessful in the lottery can apply for remaining licenses.

More than 71,000 people applied for a deer gun lottery license, in addition to over 13,600 gratis applicants. The 2022 deer gun proclamation allows for 64,200 deer gun season licenses.

Unsuccessful applicants can apply online for remaining licenses beginning June 29. The deadline for applying is July 13.

Information on the remaining licenses and type available by unit are here.


Special Olympics North Dakota Summer Games slated for May 14 in Fargo

Members of Team Bismarck walk along Broadway in downtown Fargo Thursday, June 7, 2018, for the opening ceremonies of the North Dakota Special Olympics Summer Games.
Members of Team Bismarck walk along Broadway in downtown Fargo Thursday, June 7, 2018, for the opening ceremonies of the North Dakota Special Olympics Summer Games.
David Samson / The Forum

FARGO — The city of Fargo is set to host the Special Olympics North Dakota Summer Games for the 23rd straight year.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 14, at Fargo Davies High School. It will offer competition for 280 athletes with intellectual disabilities from across the state. All competition events are free and open to the public.

Participants will compete in state contests for athletics — powerlifting, swimming and volleyball. Additional events for participants include an opening ceremony and parade of athletes, award ceremonies and Olympic Town activities. Due to USA Games in Orlando, Fla., the outdoor sports will take place on June 25. More on the event here.

Sandy's Donuts locations to close June 27 through July 5 for kitchen updates

Sandy's Donuts
The former angled roof of Sandy's Donuts in West Fargo is being replaced (pictured above) with metal siding and terra cotta. "It won't look like Hardee's anymore," doughnut production manager Jessie Ostlund said. Dave Wallis / The Forum

WEST FARGO — Get your doughnut fill this weekend, folks.

Sandy's Donuts locations in the metro area will be closed from June 27 through July 5 for kitchen updates.

The popular eatery posted the announcement to its social media sites Thursday afternoon, June 23. Full story here.

North Dakota man wins $1.6 million on slot machine

Elton Spotted Horse of Mandaree, N.D., is pictured here by the machine where he won a $1.6 million jackpot last weekend.
4 Bears Casino and Lodge photo

NEW TOWN, N.D. — A western North Dakota man won $1.6 million on a slot machine this past weekend at the 4 Bears Casino and Lodge in New Town.

Elton Spotted Horse of Mandaree made a $5.88 bet to win the jackpot, according to the casino.


The win came by matching three symbols on the Dancing Drums Explosion slot machine, said Scott Wilson, general manager of the casino.

The casino has been in operation since 1993 and plans to add a gaming riverboat with 50 slot machines and live blackjack tables on Lake Sakakawea.

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