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5 things to know today: Radisson shooting, Man sentenced, Bison Dynasty, Services takeover, Robotic ride

This window was shot out early Friday, Nov. 15, at the Radisson hotel in downtown Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

1. Gunshots in downtown Fargo

One man is in custody after police say he fired at officers and then into a front window of the Radisson Hotel at 201 Fifth St. N. in downtown Fargo early Friday, Nov. 15.

After receiving a report of a man with a gun at about 4 a.m., officers arriving at the scene saw a green laser being pointed in all directions. Officers then saw a man holding a gun with a laser outside of the front entrance of the hotel.

"The male fired one shot towards officers, and then turned and fired additional shots into the Radisson lobby through the glass window next to the front doors," Fargo Police Chief David Todd said during a 9 a.m. news conference, adding that the glass of the front window was shattered.

A north-facing window in the skyway above the Radisson entrance was also struck during the altercation.

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2. Fargo man sentenced for possession of child porn

Brent Braun
Brent Braun

A Fargo man was sentenced to 12 ½ years in prison after investigators found more than 21,000 files depicting child porn.

But agents still were reviewing millions of files in Brent Robert Braun’s collection of pornography last week, according to court documents.

U.S. District Judge Peter Welte sentenced Braun, 44, on Friday, Nov. 15, in Fargo. Braun pleaded guilty in June to a federal charge of distributing child porn and one count of possessing the material. Investigators found more than 21,000 files of child porn and over 1.2 million images of child erotica, according to a news release.

Children depicted in the images were as young as 2 years old, the release said.

Read more from The Forum's April Baumgarten

3. Building the Bison Dynasty: Tanner Volson


Tanner Volson - Homegrown series - with logo

"Homegrown: Building the Bison Dynasty" is an original video series produced by Click Content Studios in which Forum sportswriter Jeff Kolpack visits the small towns across North Dakota that have produced some of the highest-profile college athletes in our region. How does NDSU football seem to always find the best? What makes in-state guys so special? And how have they contributed to the NDSU championship run over the years?

Watch the first episode highlighting Tanner Volson, a former Bison offensive lineman


4. ND, Cass County officials discuss conflicts in social services takeover

The Cass County Courthouse in October 2016.
The Cass County Courthouse in Fargo as seen in October 2016. Forum News Servicefile photo


With the state taking over most of the funding for county social services agencies in an attempt to keep property taxes down across North Dakota, bumps in the transition were apparent at a meeting Friday, Nov. 15.

State Sens. Judy Lee, West Fargo, and Kathy Hogan, Fargo, along with North Dakota Human Services Director Chris Jones, met with Cass County officials to try to answer some questions about the switch that takes effect Jan. 1.

Statewide, there will no longer be separate social services agencies in the counties, and most will be in new "zones," or groups of counties, to try to cut down on administrative costs and streamline services.

Some counties have already worked together for years, but instead of 45 separate agencies in the state, there will now be only 19, with residents allowed to go for services in any of the offices.

More from The Forum's Barry Amundson

5. Local robotics team gives 4-year-old the gift of mobility

The Northwood and Hatton Robotics team gives four-year-old the gift of mobility
Students on the Northwood and Hatton High School robotics team work on a motorized chair to help a young girl. Submitted photo

The Thunder Robotics Team at Northwood High School, specializes in cool gadgets, now the northern valley robotics team has spent months applying their skills to help a little girl in need, by building a motorized wheel chair from scratch.


Their robots can pick up and throw a ball, or take a 4-year-old where she wants to go.

"It gives you a chance to inspire others," said Myelle Redding, a Sophomore at Northwood High School.

The students from Northwood and Hatton spent most of their summer and fall building a chair for Emma Basting. A couple years ago she had a tumor on her spine that left her paralyzed.

Watch the story from WDAY's Ken Chase

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