Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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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.
A "massive effort" to fill and stack more than 1 million sandbags in backyards and atop earthen dikes before March 28 gets under way today as Fargo prepares for a major flood. Moorhead, too, is gearing up for the flood battle, and the city announced Thursday it will provide residents with sand and sandbags. The city is also helping to coordinate a volunteer center that will operate Saturday. Oakport Township north of Moorhead will provide residents with sand during a sandbagging push planned for the weekend.
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Moorhead Mayor Mark Voxland declared a state of emergency Wednesday after the National Weather Service reaffirmed its prediction that the Red River will crest at 33 feet in Fargo-Moorhead. Residents were urged to take steps to protect their private property to 34 feet. City Manager Bruce Messelt said a handful of homeowners will need to sandbag or take other temporary measures if the river reaches 33 feet. The city didn't plan major sandbagging operations and had received no calls for assistance, he said.