Morning headlines: Coalition aims to hinder Red River Women's Clinic's move to Moorhead

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Wide view of the abortion clinic in Fargo with protesters and clinic escorts out front
Anti-abortion protesters and patient escorts stand in front of the Red River Women's Clinic on June 29, 2022, in downtown Fargo.
C.S. Hagen/The Forum

MOORHEAD — With a recent court battle adding time to the clock, the North Dakota trigger ban on abortion will take hold in 24 days. Anyone seeking abortion care after those 24 days will have to cross state lines into Moorhead, where the Red River Women's Clinic plans to move from its downtown Fargo location.

PLAM Action, a newly formed opposition group which stands for Pro-Life Action Ministries, is publicly pledging to keep the clinic from opening in Moorhead.

Minnesota state representative Tim Miller, a Republican, is one of the people in charge of PLAM Action. He said their options are limited.


"We did investigate to see if we had any sort of legal pathway to stop them," he explained. "We don't." Full story here.

Lawsuit blaming Fargo treatment center for 12-year-old's suicide can go to trial, appeals court says

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Aliana Roberson

FARGO — A lawsuit that alleges the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is responsible for the death of a 12-year-old who died by suicide at the organization’s Fargo facility should not have been dismissed without a trial, a U.S. appeals court ruled Tuesday, Aug. 2.

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals said North Dakota U.S. District Court Judge Peter Welte was wrong to rule that the Ranch was not acting under state authority when it provided mental health treatment for Aliana Roberson in 2018. Aliana was 12 years old when she took her life on Oct. 2, 2018, at the residential treatment and education center for children. Full story here.

Family of Mapleton man fatally shot by police asks for privacy, says they're cooperating with investigators

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Andrew Martinez.
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FARGO — The family of a Mapleton, North Dakota, man killed by police officers is asking for privacy in the wake of his death.

In a Wednesday, Aug. 3, statement to The Forum, Andrew Martinez’s family said they are cooperating with law enforcement as officers investigate what happened leading up to his death Monday afternoon in Mapleton.

“We ask that our privacy is respected as that investigation proceeds and as our family grieves the loss of our loved one,” the family said in the statement.

Fargo attorney Tim O'Keeffe issued the statement on the family’s behalf. It is common for the families of those shot and killed by law enforcement to seek legal advice, especially when investigators and media are trying to contact them, he said. Full story here.

White nationalist graffiti pops up in pedestrian tunnel in south Fargo

White supremacist graffiti is seen in a Fargo pedestrian tunnel
Graffiti from the Patriot Front is seen in a pedestrian tunnel under I-94 at 9th St. S. in Fargo. The Southern Poverty Law Center describes Patriot Front as a white nationalist hate group.
Robin Huebner / The Forum

FARGO — Graffiti touting a white supremacy group has littered a popular pedestrian tunnel in south Fargo.


Red, white and blue stenciled signs for Patriot Front popped up recently in the pathway that runs underneath Interstate 94 at Ninth Street South.

Sean Bourke of Fargo, who was walking through the tunnel with his son and dog on Wednesday, Aug. 3, said he first noticed the graffiti on the previous Saturday.

“If it’s white supremacy, you gotta get anything that’s hate-related out,” Bourke said. Full story here.

Nationwide cement shortage could delay local road projects

Cement being poured at the site of the old K-Mart in Fargo on Wednesday, Aug. 3.
Finn Harrison / WDAY News

FARGO — Cement is joining the many things in life going through a supply shortage.

The experts WDAY News spoke to said it started early this year in southern states, when cement saw a sharp increase in demand. They are also blaming imports of cement dropping off dramatically.

The shortage is affecting projects at Quality Concrete in south Fargo.

"Traditionally, concrete is fairly easy to line up on a project," Althoff said. "As easy as the day before you schedule your pour." Full story here.

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