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Morning headlines: Fargo schools eye possible consolidation of 3 elementary campuses

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Here is your InForum Minute for Wednesday, Sept. 28.

FARGO — On Tuesday, Sept. 27, the Fargo School Board approved an updated long-range facility plan that includes a call to research the possibility of consolidating elementary campuses.

Consolidation plans include combining Horace Mann and Roosevelt elementary schools and possibly the Madison Elementary campus into one new building that might be built on the site of the Horace Mann property.

Horace Mann and Roosevelt are currently a paired campus. Full story here.

Man, woman and two dogs found dead near Detroit Lakes

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A passerby speaks to a Becker County Sheriff's Office deputy at the perimeter of an active crime scene near County Road 6 and West Lake Drive in Detroit Lakes on Sept. 27, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune

DETROIT LAKES — A man, woman and two dogs were found dead at a residence in Lakeview Township, near Detroit Lakes, on Sept. 27.

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At 9:09 a.m., emergency dispatchers received a phone call requesting the need for law enforcement on the 25000 block of County Road 6, according to a Becker County Sheriff's Office news release.

North Dakota lawmakers call for independent investigation of AG cost overrun after 'troublesome' report

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North Dakota State Auditor Josh Gallion speaks at a press conference on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Bismarck.
Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service

BISMARCK — The North Dakota attorney general's office agreed in 2020 to lease a poorly equipped office building from a company owned by a state lawmaker, according to a report released by state Auditor Josh Gallion on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

After making expensive renovations to the south Bismarck building, the state's top law enforcement agency under the direction of then-Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem racked up a $1.7 million budget overrun, according to the report.
Read the full story here.

Fargo School Board approves $1,500 employee retention bonuses

FARGO — The Fargo School Board voted Tuesday night, Sept. 27, to provide $1,500 retention bonuses for eligible employees.

The plan applies to certified staff and teachers, classified hourly support staff, professional support staff and administrators.

Eligible employees are defined as staff that have regular and permanent work schedules. Full story here.

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Most lawmakers agree with Gov. Kristi Noem on her contention that record — and growing — surpluses allow the state to give dollars back to taxpayers. Exactly how to do that is up for debate.
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