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Here is your InForum Minute for Monday, June 27.

FARGO — A motorcyclist has died following a crash that happened in Fargo Sunday night, June 26.
According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, a 21-year-old woman lost control of her motorcycle at the South University Drive and I-94 exit ramp. The report says she was thrown from the motorcycle before another motorcyclist then struck her. The second person involved was not injured, but the 21-year-old woman was transported to a hospital with serious, life-threatening injuries but later died from her injuries.

Authorities investigate what happened after pulling dead man from burning car

BUFFALO, N.D. – The Cass County Sheriff's Department continues to investigate a car fire that left one man dead.

Deputies, along with multiple first responders, were dispatched to the eastbound lane on Interstate 94, near mile marker 313, just outside Buffalo for a vehicle that was on fire. Arriving deputies and the Buffalo Quick Response Unit, pulled the lone occupant from the vehicle. They immediately began life saving measures, but the male driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Traffic flow has resumed in the eastbound lane of travel on I-94 after a brief shut down for Sanford AirMed.

Authorities continue to investigate the incident. No further information is being made available at this time.

Fargo leaders expected to OK resignation of former police officer

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Justin Nachatilo, a former Fargo police officer, testifies at a hearing Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, with the Civil Service Commission to appeal his firing for failing to complete a missing person report and mishandling a stolen vehicle case according to city records.
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FARGO — City commissioners are expected to vote to approve a settlement proposal that would let a former police officer resign rather than be fired.

That's according to Leo Wilking, an attorney for Justin Natchatilo, a Fargo police officer who was told by Police Chief David Zibolski in December that he was being terminated.

The Fargo Civil Service Commission upheld the termination in February. Natchatilo then appealed to the City Commission, which deadlocked last week on the question of whether to uphold the Civil Service Commission decision to uphold Natchatilo's firing, or allow Natchatilo to resign as a way of resolving the issue. Full story here.

North Dakota's lone abortion clinic to move to Minnesota after Supreme Court ruling

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Tammi Kromenaker, director of the Red River Women's Clinic, on June 24, 2022.
Chris Flynn/The Forum

FARGO — 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." Full story here.

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