5 things to know today: Officer resigns, Vaccination app, Splitting districts, Dakota High, Honoring sandbaggers
A select rundown of stories found on InForum.
1. West Fargo assistant police chief resigns amid internal investigation for potential policy violations
Assistant Police Chief Jerry Boyer resigned from the West Fargo Police Department Wednesday, Sept. 15, as the agency continues an internal investigation.
Boyer submitted his resignation Wednesday, and it will go into effect, Oct. 1, according to city of West Fargo spokesperson Melissa Richard. He will remain on paid administrative leave until the end of September.
2. Minnesota launches proof-of-vaccination app
The state of Minnesota has partnered with software developer Docket Health to enable residents secure access to their immunization records via a free mobile app.
The app is called Docket , and is designed to enable quick proof of vaccination.
With many private businesses expected to begin requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for entry and use of services, an authentic, portable and accessible record of shots received is believed likely to become an in-demand resource.
3. Pursuing 'better representation,' North Dakota tribes call for split House districts
Several tribal leaders have urged lawmakers charged with redrawing North Dakota's political map to subdivide state House districts around reservations, which they say would give American Indians a better chance to win seats in the Legislature.
The state redistricting committee met in Bismarck on Wednesday, Sept. 15, to solicit input from tribal representatives as the decennial process ramps up. The committee of 14 Republicans and two Democrats, none of them Native American, must create new districts that are roughly equal in population using fresh figures from the 2020 census.
4. Ceremony marks reopening of Fargo's alternative high school under new name
A commemoration ceremony held Wednesday morning, Sept. 15, marked the reopening of the newly named Dakota High School in Fargo, formerly known as Woodrow Wilson High School.
The Fargo School Board voted unanimously in December to change the name of the school after it was decided Woodrow Wilson was no longer a suitable name based on the former president's views on race.
According to the district, the name change occurred after the district received "vast community input" on the former president’s positions and policies regarding equity and race.
5. Fargo's 'Spirit of the Sandbagger' honors volunteers who battled floods
The metal sculpture, "Spirit of the Sandbagger," adorns the top of an arch behind the floodwall in downtown Fargo and commemorates thousands of volunteers who fought numerous Red River floods.
More than 100,000 volunteers filled an estimated 3.5 million sandbags that stretched 10 miles as the city fortified its defenses against the record flood of 2009.
That monumental effort was made in 10 days and was crucial in enabling Fargo to hold back the Red River, which surged to a record crest of 40.84 feet.