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One of the city's landmarks, the Lashkowitz High Rise, is seen Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, along the Red River in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

FARGO — A giant cartoon-style ACME demolition detonator is not likely to feature in the implosion of the Lashkowitz High Rise, much to the chagrin of Fargo Housing CEO Chris Brungardt.

However, he notes they are playing around with the idea of a lottery fundraiser to determine who gets to push the button that brings the 204-foot structure crashing down.

The Lashkowitz High Rise, 101 Second St. S. in downtown Fargo, is coming down this August after years of planning.


A towering 22 stories high, the Lashkowitz High Rise has stood on the shores of the Red River overlooking both metros for more than 50 years. Fargo Housing is planning to replace the aging structure with modern affordable apartments. Full story here.

North Dakota Senate passes bill targeting catalytic converter theft

Bismarck Police Sgt. John Brocker shows a vehicle catalytic converter that is being held in the department evidence locker.
Tom Stromme / The Bismarck Tribune

BISMARCK — North Dakota lawmakers have revved up another effort to target thefts of vehicle anti-pollution devices that contain precious metals.

The state Senate on Friday, Feb. 3, unanimously passed Senate Bill 2299, brought by Sen. Shawn Vedaa, R-Velva. The bill now goes to the state House of Representatives, where a similar Senate bill failed in 2021. Full story here.

Oak Grove family faced retaliation after reporting coach inappropriately touched girl, lawsuit alleges

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Oak Grove Lutheran School is seen Aug. 7, 2020, at 124 North Terrace in Fargo.
Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

FARGO — Multiple families reported concerns about a Fargo private school coach , including one family that said he inappropriately touched their daughter, before he was arrested on child porn charges, according to a federal lawsuit.

A father and his daughter filed the federal lawsuit against Oak Grove Lutheran School on Jan. 23. The lawsuit's complaint alleges that school leaders ignored a report that then-track coach Daniel Mark Stoa, 35, inappropriately touched the girl when she was on the varsity track team. Full story here .

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