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Morning headlines: Movie to be made about heroic North Dakota aviator Carl Ben Eielson

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Here is your InForum Minute for Friday, May 12.

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Carl Ben Eielson was born in Hatton, ND and went on to be a world record setter in aviation and exploration to the North and South pole in the 1920's. He was one of the first to deliver mail by plane and use planes for medical rescues.
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FARGO — Carl Ben Eielson, of Hatton, learned to fly in World War I. After that, he became famous for his early explorations and flights in the Arctic and Antarctic, setting world records along the way.

His incredible life story could soon be told on the big screen. Full story here.

Former California cheerleading coach arrested in Fargo on child molestation charges

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Erick Joseph Kristianson.
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FARGO — A former California cheerleading coach was arrested in Fargo on child molestation charges in two states.

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Erick Joseph Kristianson, 44, of Antioch, Tennessee, faces multiple felonies in Orange County, California, that allege he molested six girls, some as young as 11 years old, while coaching a competitive cheer club near Los Angeles, according to a news release from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Full story here.

Last of 3 men sentenced for fatal Red River stabbing in Fargo

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Joseph Poitra, left, appears in East Central District Court on May 11, 2023.
Chris Flynn / The Forum

FARGO — The last of three men charged in connection to a fatal stabbing near the Red River in downtown Fargo has been sentenced to time served.

Cass County Judge Nicholas Chase sentenced Joseph Matthew Poitra, 29, on Thursday, May 11, to time served for his involvement in the Oct. 29 death of 33-year-old Phillip Dewey Bergquist of Ashland, Wisconsin. Poitra was slated to be released Thursday. Full story here.

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