Darren Patterson will serve 18 months in prison for killing Jamie Grant. Patterson pleaded guilty to throwing the violent punch that left Grant with traumatic brain injuries in May 2017. It happened after a bar fight outside of the Hodo. Grant left behind his wife and then 8-year-old son, James.
FARGO—A post to an online garage sale site is sparking outrage. Hours after a woman got three free beds through the annual Slumberland Homes for the Holidays donation, she was selling two of the beds online. Slumberland first found out that a bed that looked like one of their own was being sold on a buy and sell group on Facebook. What makes this more up setting for the benefit; nearly 150 families applied for a bed, but only 74 beds were given. The store heard about this post within six hours of delivering it.
West Fargo sanitation crews want you to think twice about what you're putting in your recycling bins. Well-intentioned citizens may be adding items that don't belong — causing their recycling to be thrown in the landfill. This can include unrecyclable items like clear plastic containers and greasy pizza boxes. "With all the grease and everything, that's not a good thing," Sanitation Manager Tom Clark said.
WEST FARGO — City sanitation crews want you to think twice about what you're putting in your recycling bins. Well-intentioned citizens may be adding items that don't belong — causing their recycling to be thrown in the landfill. We took a look into one home's recycling bin Wednesday, along with Sanitation Manager Tom Clark.
Just two days after the Connor family's house was burned, a little boy, Ryne King, devised a plan to help them, and it includes four gallons of ice cream. King started selling root beer floats to try and raise $500 dollars for his friends. King raised nearly $400 dollars as of last week. "Once you do something nice, it's just going to keep on going back to you," King said. The Connors lost their West Fargo house in a fire on Thursday, June 1. "They've always been nice to us and helped us. So they deserve to get the money from us," King said.
WEST FARGO—The city of West Fargo has to scrape the grease from inside its sewers, which ends up costing around $24,000 a year. The build-up can be as thick as a 4-foot ring, extending a foot in length. The city says most of the grease comes mostly from local restaurants who don't dispose of the oil properly. Scraping off "the wall" is the toughest job for West Fargo Public Works employees, who say it's not pretty.
FARGO—Social media commenters say overbooking is a loophole for airlines, but some passengers have found a loophole of their own. Flight skipping is when a passenger intentionally misses one of their connecting flights in an effort to save money. So let's say you're flying from Fargo to Salt Lake City. Your itinerary might say that you fly from Fargo, to Salt Lake, to San Francisco, but you never get on that second plane. "If I was a little more strapped for cash, I think I would have been a little more inclined to do it," said Alistair McInerny, Fargo.
FARGO—Hundreds of thousands of babies in the U.S. are born prematurely every year—and people in the metro hope to change that. More than 400 people are expected to attend the Saturday, April 8, "March for Babies" — an annual walk hosted by March of Dimes. Participants hope to raise over $50,000 to to support research to help premature babies born in the United States.
HAWLEY, Minn. — School districts across Minnesota are struggling to hire and retain teachers. Rural districts in the northern part of the state have struggled more than ever to fill vacant teaching positions. State data shows teacher turnover is higher in smaller districts. Since 2010, districts with fewer than 300 teachers have accounted for more than 60 percent of all teachers who leave their jobs. Schools in our region are feeling the effects of those shortages.
VALLEY CITY—City commissioners here agreed to pay the city attorney an additional $17,000 to sever ties with him immediately, on top of a $150,000 buyout approved in December. The December buyout already called for City Attorney Russell Myhre to leave office by the end of June, but commissioners wanted to part ways with him sooner than that. They were upset that Myhre accused a group of city critics of being white supremacists, in an interview with the High Plains Reader, a Fargo newspaper. The commission approved the move in a meeting Monday, April 3.