Morning headlines: Several North Dakota schools targeted by false shooting threats

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A police vehicle is parked outside of Fargo North High School on Thursday, March 2, 2023, after authorities received calls that made false threats of shootings at schools across North Dakota, including North High and Ben Franklin Middle School.
Alyssa Goelzer / The Forum

FARGO — At least six school districts across North Dakota received calls threatening shootings Thursday, March 2, that police quickly determined to be hoax "swatting" calls.

Law enforcement received phone calls reporting shooters at two schools in Fargo on Thursday morning, which officers found to be fake, according to Fargo police spokeswoman Katie Ettish. Full story here.

Police arrest Fargo man who allegedly stole car with infant inside

FARGO — The Fargo Police Department has arrested a man suspected of stealing a vehicle with an infant inside on Wednesday, March 1.


At 3:20 p.m., police received a report that a car had been stolen with an infant inside.

Officers found the vehicle driving near 17th Avenue North and Broadway and tried to stop the vehicle, according to Fargo police. Full story here.

Insect that kills ash trees found in Moorhead for the first time

Ash trees
Some ash trees are well branched, with neat, tailored shapes. Dave Samson / The Forum

MOORHEAD — The emerald ash borer has reached Moorhead.

This wood boring insect, native to Asia, has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees throughout 36 states since it was first discovered in the U.S. in 2002.

An insect larva found by a Moorhead city forester was submitted for testing, and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture confirmed that it was an ash borer. It's the first such confirmation in Moorhead or Clay County, state officials said Thursday, March 2. Full story here.


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