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FARGO—At a time when police departments around the country are wrestling with the question of whether and how to use police body cameras, only one city in the Fargo-Moorhead area—Dilworth, Minn.—is employing them. "We've had them almost two years now. I have seen nothing but positive reaction," said Dilworth Police Chief Ty Sharpe. He said when he receives complaints about officers, or calls regarding a case, looking at the video has made it easier to determine what happened.
FARGO — Two giants of the region's business world shared some stories and some laughs Wednesday, Sept. 20, during a 1 Million Cups event in Fargo. Ron Offutt, founder and chairman emeritus of RDO Equipment Co., and Bill Marcil Sr., chairman of Forum Communications Co., which owns The Forum newspaper, chatted on the Stage at Island Park while answering questions posed by their children, Christi Offutt, CEO and Chairwoman of RDO Equipment, and Bill Marcil Jr., publisher of The Forum and president and CEO of Forum Communications Co., respectively.
FARGO — A 17-year-old found dead over the weekend in a residence hall at North Dakota State University was identified Monday, Sept. 18, as Devin Delaney by an attorney representing the teen’s family. “Yesterday, the Tom and Kjertsen Delaney family lost their son and brother, Devin,” attorney Paul O. Taylor wrote in a letter released to the public.
Saturday, Aug. 19 1:24 p.m. Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind texts her mother, Norberta LaFontaine-Greywind, to say she is going to an upstairs apartment to model a dress. 2:30 p.m.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A Moorhead man received a 30-year sentence on Tuesday, Aug. 22, for kidnapping and raping a pregnant woman hired as an exotic dancer. With good behavior and credit for time he has already spent behind bars in connection with the case, Jesse Paskey, 34, could be released after serving about 15 years. Earlier this summer, Paskey was found guilty at trial in Clay County District Court on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of kidnapping and one count of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.
FARGO — A Lakeville, Minn., man was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday, Aug. 17, in Cass County District Court to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident that caused the death of a woman from a Twin Cities suburb. A manslaughter charge that had been pending against the man, Timothy Barr, was dismissed.
FARGO — The nephew of a self-described white nationalist who wants to hold a pro-white rally in Fargo said Wednesday, Aug. 16, that he hopes no such event is held. But if it is, he wants large numbers of people to stand together in peaceful opposition. "If there's a Nazi rally in Fargo, there will be counter demonstrations. There are too many good progressive people in Fargo for there not to be," said Jacob Scott Wieber, 26, of Fargo.
FARGO — Scott Pruitt, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, attended a closed-door roundtable discussion in Fargo on Wednesday, Aug. 9, on the federal government's proposed revision of the Waters of the U.S. rule, known as WOTUS. Attendees of the roundtable held at North Dakota State University included North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven and U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, as well as representatives of a number of farm groups.
DILWORTH, Minn. – An early morning patrol went from bad to worse for a Dilworth police officer who stopped a driver for a bad headlight early Wednesday, Aug. 2. According to documents filed in Clay County District Court: After Officer Brad Browning stopped the vehicle for a non-working headlight about 1:45 a.m., he determined the driver, Stephen J. Hietala, 27, of Perham, Minn., had an active arrest warrant from Otter Tail County for an alleged assault on a peace officer.
CLITHERALL, Minn.—The group of women outside the Justice Two Coffeehouse and Eatery was having a good time sharing food and stories. The gathering on a recent summer day was a small class reunion and some of the stories were no doubt about days spent together in the early 1970s at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. But the women also talked happily about the coffeehouse, offering universally favorable reviews. Beryl Schultze, of Minneapolis, remarked about the "friendly, friendly people waiting on us."