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Motorcyclist dies from injuries in south Fargo crash

FARGO — A motorcyclist has died from injuries she suffered in a crash on Sunday, June 26, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The crash happened at about 7:50 p.m. on South University Drive, south of Interstate 94 in Fargo.

Two motorcycles were headed south on University Drive.

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One of the motorcycles, a 2021 Harley Davidson driven by 21-year-old Tessa Holt of Fargo, lost control and was laid down on its side, throwing Holt from the motorcycle, the patrol said. The second motorcycle struck Holt, lost control and was laid down on its side, the patrol said. Full story here.
The driver of the second motorcycle, 21-year-old Elijah Fields, was also involved in a crash that drug him several hundred feet underneath a vehicle and seriously injured him just a few months ago.

North Dakota Highway Patrol again uses aircraft to assist Fargo police with traffic enforcement

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A Cass County Sheriff's Deputy stops a group of motorcyclists on Friday, May 20, after a North Dakota Highway Patrol airplane flagged their driving habits.
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FARGO — On Saturday, June 25, the North Dakota Highway Patrol and the Fargo Police Department conducted an aircraft-assisted traffic enforcement effort that focused on reckless drivers, street racers and fleeing suspects.

It was the second such team effort utilizing a Highway Patrol aircraft to assist law enforcement officers in the Fargo area and more are planned.

During the most recent detail, citations issued included: seven for speeding; six for driving under suspension; five for registration violations; three for exhibition driving; two for right-of-way violations, and two for no insurance violations, according to a report released by the Highway Patrol. Full story here.

Senior housing on site of former south Fargo KMart on hold

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The former Kmart site at 2301 S. University Drive, Fargo, has been cleared and the site is surrounded by fencing. An excavator was filling dump trucks Monday, June 27, 2022, with material from the site. A low-income housing project planned for part of the site is now on hold due to issues in getting federal financing.
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FARGO — A housing project for low-income seniors in south Fargo is on hold, while federal funding set aside for it could soon be redirected to another senior housing project planned just west of downtown.

Beyond Shelter had planned to build 88 units of senior housing as part of a development by Grove Enclave at the site of a former Kmart store at 2301 S. University Drive.

However, the Fargo City Commission was told Monday, June 27, that issues were found in an environmental review that would have delayed getting federal funding, making the project unworkable as proposed. Full story here.

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