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U.S. Secret Service honors Fargo police

The U.S. Secret Service has recognized Fargo police for their role in investigating a man who authorities say may have brought a gun to a 2005 rally in Fargo attended by President Bush.

The U.S. Secret Service has recognized Fargo police for their role in investigating a man who authorities say may have brought a gun to a 2005 rally in Fargo attended by President Bush.

A federal jury convicted 27-year-old Daniel Cvijanovich in October of threatening the president. He was sentenced in January to 19 months in prison, which he is currently serving in Pekin, Ill.

Prosecutors said Cvijanovich told fellow inmates at the Stutsman County Jail that he planned to kill the president after he was released. At the time, Cvijanovich was serving time for throwing a rock at a federal building in Fargo and threatening federal agents in 2001.

Fargo Police Detective Paul Holte said authorities received a tip that Cvijanovich had talked about making threats and possibly trying to assassinate the president when Bush visited North Dakota State University on Feb. 3, 2005.

The Secret Service asked Fargo police to assist them in interviewing Cvijanovich and investigating the threat, Holte said.

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Cvijanovich told authorities he went to the rally but got scared off when he noticed someone looking at him funny, Holte said. It's unknown whether Cvijanovich actually brought a gun to the rally, he said.

Authorities obtained a warrant and searched Cvijanovich's apartment at 2421 20th Ave. S. in Fargo on March 29, 2006, more than a year after the rally. Holte said they found a handgun, disguises and journals advocating anti-government views in which Cvijanovich wrote how he "wanted to go down in history."

Cvijanovich was arrested shortly thereafter, but he hasn't been charged in connection with the rally.

John Kelly, an agent with the Secret Service field office in Fargo, said the matter remains under investigation.

On Feb. 27, Special Agent John Kirkwood from the Secret Service in Minneapolis presented the Fargo Police Department with a plaque of appreciation for its assistance in investigating the case.

In addition, officers Holte, Paul Lies and investigators Jim Shaw and Chuck Sullivan received commendations and autographed photos of President Bush.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528

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