Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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FARGO - The body of a man who police say jumped into the Red River while fleeing an officer this morning was recovered just before 7 a.m. from the river just east of Fargo City Hall. Lt. Jeff Skuza said an officer was checking on a report of a suspicious person near the Petro Serve USA gas station on Second Street North between First and NP avenues at about 4:20 a.m.
WHEATON -- Todd Schmitz said his sister-in-law had no idea what sparked the massive blaze that burned her bar and arcade business to the ground and gutted a former jewelry store here Monday. But one thing was certain, he said: Even with insurance, it will be "very difficult" to rebuild D-Bar and Grill in sparsely populated Traverse County, which has lost more than half its residents since 1960, according to the latest U.S. Census estimate. "It's so hard to make ends meet for all these businesses on Main Street," Schmitz said. "It's so difficult.
DeAnn Eichelberger knew something was wrong with her son when the former high school hockey player tried to give her directions to pick him up from a New Year's Eve party. "He said, like, 'The puck's going south, Mom,' " she recalled. For the next few hours, family members of Jacob Eichelberger frantically searched for the 18-year-old in subzero temperatures. Someone eventually called police about a man screaming and pounding on the door of a south Fargo church.
FARGO - A 7-foot, 330-pound West Fargo man accused of fighting with Fargo police at a bar Thursday says he was only trying to help his girlfriend as she was having a diabetic reaction. Quennon Echols, who formerly played for the F-M Beez minor league professional basketball team, was charged Friday in Cass County District Court with felony simple assault on a peace officer and misdemeanor preventing arrest. Judge Georgia Dawson set bail at $5,000, or $500 bond, with the condition that Echols consume no alcohol. Brandi Lang of West Fargo said she and Echols, her boyfriend of 11 years, went i
FARGO - The foundation under a collapsed wall of Minard Hall at North Dakota State University has been stabilized, and officials are trying to figure out how to proceed with an addition and remodeling project. General contractor Meinecke-Johnson finished shoring up the building's foundation with soil about 1 a.m.
MOORHEAD - Heather Arntson had already dialed 911 to report the car that slammed into an SUV carrying her husband, herself and their four children, including a 3-month-old baby and 20-month-old toddler. But when the car's alleged drunken driver tried to flee the south Moorhead scene, she called 911 again - only, it was now the driver who was probably in the greatest danger. "I said, 'The suspect's running now, and he picked the wrong guy because my husband's an Army Ranger,' " she said she told the dispatcher. Her husband, Mike Arntson, was able to chase down the driver and stop him without
FARGO - The Ada police chief appears in a group photo holding what looks like an open beer can on a public sidewalk across from the Fargodome. Fargo city ordinance prohibits consuming alcohol or having an open, nonempty alcohol container on any public sidewalk. The photo was posted on the Web site of Fargo country music station Bob 95 FM, along with other photos from the June 20 Kenny Chesney concert during which Ada Police Chief Wade Krohmer's wife and son were arrested. A phone message left for Krohmer at his office Thursday seeking comment on the photo was not returned.
FARGO - Floodwaters forced residents to flee to higher ground Thursday in Fargo, Moorhead and the surrounding area, as forecasters warned that the Red River could reach a record 43 feet by Saturday. In south Fargo, police, firefighters and National Guard members evacuated the Riverview Place senior living center and 35 to 40 homes in the River Vili subdivision after finding cracks in an earthen dike. In Moorhead, city officials released a statement just before 8 p.m.