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Morning headlines: Police investigate death of a man found in downtown Fargo behind Alerus building

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FARGO — The Fargo Police Department is investigating an unattended death after locating a man deceased near the 50 block of North Broadway in Fargo on Sunday, Aug. 14.

According to a news release from the Fargo Police Department, at 8:42 a.m., a medical assistance call came in and dispatchers sent the Fargo Police Department, Fargo Fire Department and Sanford Ambulance.

Upon arriving on the scene, emergency personnel located a deceased male on the east side of a building. No information related to the individual's identity is presently available, the release said.

Results from the autopsy are pending and the cause of death is currently being investigated by Fargo police.


Fargo police are urging anyone with information about this incident, or what may have led up to it, to contact them at 701-235-4493. Anonymous tips can be submitted by texting keyword FARGOPD and the tip to 847411.

Burgum pushes for law ensuring North Dakota students, elected officials can recite Pledge of Allegiance

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The Fargo School District's administrative office building. Forum file photo

BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum on Monday, Aug. 15, announced plans to help craft legislation that will ensure students in public schools, as well as elected officials across the state, will be given the "opportunity to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and express support for the American ideals upon which our country was founded."

Burgum said in a statement released Monday afternoon his administration is working on a framework for legislation to guarantee the opportunity exists to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, as other states have done. Full story here.

West Fargo moves ahead with adding half-cent increase measure to ballot

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West Fargo City Hall and police station (Matt Von Pinnon/Forum)

WEST FARGO — West Fargo City commissioners are moving forward with adding the half-cent tax increase to the November ballot.

The commissioners voted unanimously during the Monday, Aug. 15 meeting in favor of adding the measure. The measure is designed to support the city's police and fire services, and would increase the city portion of sales tax from 2% to 2.5%.

The measure, which was drafted as two questions, was discussed at the June 20 meeting with commissioners holding off voting in hopes of combining the two questions to make it easier for voters. Full story here.

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