Erik Burgess covers city and county government for The Forum. He started as the paper's night reporter in 2012, after graduating from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. He was born and raised in Grand Forks, N.D., and also spent time interning at the Grand Forks Herald.
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FARGO, N.D. — When Jere Hilland teaches you how to defend yourself, he always preaches using “reasonable force.” “In other words, if someone punches you in the nose, you can punch them in the nose,” said Hilland, who has taught firearms classes in North Dakota for 10 years. “But you can’t keep punching them in the nose. That’s excessive force.” That’s where Hilland guesses Byron Smith went wrong.
FARGO - Law enforcement officials say they are looking for the driver of a stolen vehicle who was involved in a high-speed chase Thursday afternoon that crossed state lines and reached speeds of 135 mph. Sgt. Troy Hischer of the North Dakota State Patrol said he chased a stolen black 2010 Chevrolet Camaro driven by an unidentified male through Harwood and parts of Fargo after 3 p.m.