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FARGO -- Emergency crews were responding to a report Thursday morning, Aug. 16, that a helicopter had crashed in a field south of Fargo. Dispatchers received a report of a crash about 10:15 a.m. and initial dispatch radio traffic indicated the pilot had escaped the aircraft without serious injury but the helicopter was on fire. The location of the incident was in the area of 165th Ave. S.E. and 51st St S.E. No other details were immediately available.
FARGO — A man sentenced to 23 years behind bars for his conviction on attempted murder and other charges connected to an armed standoff with police at a West Fargo hotel in 2016 is appealing his case to the North Dakota Supreme Court. Jan-Michel Wangstad's defense attorney will give oral arguments on the appeal at a hearing before the state Supreme Court set for Sept. 6.
FARGO — A judge heard arguments Monday, Aug. 13, from an attorney for Curious Kids Childcare, which has been closed since its license expired July 21. The child care center has asked Cass County District Judge Douglas Herman to order that the license be reinstated while the business challenges a license revocation action that was brought in May by the North Dakota Department of Human Services. The revocation action was in response to an incident at the center in April in which three children, all under the age of 2, got free from the center and wandered off.
FARGO — A Minot, N.D., man has been charged in Cass County District Court with two counts of misdemeanor disorderly conduct stemming from incidents in late May in which a man approached women at Fargo businesses and made sexually explicit requests.
FARGO — Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney suggested on Friday, July 27, that Cass County commissioners might want to consider boosting the pay for the position of sheriff — but not for himself.
FARGO — U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in Fargo on Thursday, July 26, that many American Indian tribes are in free fall due to overdose deaths involving opioids. But he said multiple agencies are working together to battle the threat and he presented commendation awards to four law enforcement officers in North Dakota credited with saving the lives of people who overdosed on opioids.
FARGO—In November 1930 a cornerstone was placed in what would become known as the Black Building on Broadway in downtown Fargo. Businessman George Black financed the project with proceeds from the sale of his original Fargo store, which opened in 1912 at 112 Broadway, to Sears, Roebuck. A store with no name The sale occurred in the wake of stock market crash of 1929. As part of the deal, Black inadvertently sold the rights to the Black name to Sears; so for a time his new downtown business was known simply as the "The Store Without A Name."
FARGO—Puzzled Escape Rooms will soon open a second location in Fargo. The business opened its first escape room in 2016 in the Black Building in downtown Fargo and that space now has five escape rooms. The new spot on the third floor of the Syndicate Building, 612 1st Ave. N., is expected to open in late August. Escape rooms offer participants a chance to search for clues, solve puzzles and discover the mystery of the room over the span of 60 minutes. The theme of the new room is an explorer's club and it will open with a new adventure, The Time Machine.
FARGO—Mid America Steel's new home is taking shape in north Fargo, but it may be the end of the year before all of the company's operations move to the new site. That's according to CEO Lee Holschuh, who said that for now the company is leasing its old home on NP Avenue from the city of Fargo, which bought the property two years ago to accommodate a floodwall. Mid America has operated at the downtown location since 1905. Its new fabrication plant, which is being built at 1501 19th Ave. N. in Fargo, is expected to cost about $40 million.
EPPING, N.D. — The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified a man who was trying to get a motorcycle off railroad tracks near here when he was struck and killed by a train Saturday night. According to the Highway Patrol: Paul L. Sagaser, 65, was traveling west on County Road 8 about 11:30 P.M. Saturday when he crashed while trying to cross the tracks. Sagaser was attempting to remove the motorcycle from the crossing, but it's believed the front wheel was stuck between the track and a railroad tie, the patrol said.