Forum Staff Report
FARGO—An Alabama man on a mission to cut lawns in all 50 states satisfied his North Dakota obligation on Saturday, July 7. "He is a good mower, I wish he lived in this neighborhood," said Barb Zacher, referring to Rodney Smith Jr., who was just completing the job of mowing her backyard in north Fargo Saturday afternoon. Originally slated to be in Grand Forks on Saturday morning, Smith said in a Facebook post that he had "no luck" finding lawns in Grand Forks, so he said headed to Fargo instead.
MOORHEAD — Grace Elizabeth Bettie's family will hold a candlelight vigil for her 6 p.m. Monday, July 2, at Buffalo River State Park, where she recently drowned, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office. The Moorhead girl was 9 years old. Her death Wednesday, June 27, at a popular swimming hole in the park near Glyndon, Minn., remains under investigation. She had been on an outing as part of the Moorhead Police Summer Youth Program when she went missing, according to witnesses. Lifeguards eventually found Bettie's body in the water.
FARGO — Two men were injured in a crash Saturday morning, June 30, on Interstate 94 in Otter Tail County, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. Scott Lee Brevig, 46, Anoka, Minn., was eastbound in a Ford pickup around 8 a.m. when he rear ended a Peterbilt semi driven by Mike Dennis Baldwin, 55, Humble, Texas. The pickup then rolled over into the median. Both men suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, the Patrol said. Brevig was taken to Sanford Health in Fargo and Baldwin was taken to Lake Region hospital in Fergus Falls.
It's been 61 years since a tornado obliterated a northside neighborhood, more than 1,300 homes were damaged. There were 12 deaths and more than 100 people were injured. It is the worst tornado disaster in the history of North Dakota. The tornado was highly visible and had slow forward speed. Due to the visibility, the tornado was well-photographed, which was an important part of tornado research. Take a look at our coverage over the years.
MANDAN, N.D.—A vehicle fire reported Friday evening, May 11, near Mandan may have been tied to a phone charger malfunction, according to a North Dakota Highway Patrol report on the incident. According to the report: The fire happened about 7:14 p.m. on Friday about 15 miles west of Mandan on Interstate 94. The driver, Trevor Susla, 21, of Chanhassen, Minn., was eastbound on the interstate when he saw flames coming from the area of his cellphone charger in the console of his vehicle. He pulled the SUV he was driving off the road and got out.
FARGO — A fire damaged a garage Sunday afternoon, May 6, but no one was injured, the Fire Department said. Firefighters were dispatched around 4:40 p.m. to a house at 1036 16th St. N. after neighbors noticed smoke coming from the detached garage. Flames were coming through the roof when firefighters arrived but they extinguished it within a short time. There was no one home at the time. The fire is currently under investigation.
CAVALIER, N.D.—The 55-year-old man who was killed Friday, April 13, when his all-terrain vehicle left a rural road in Pembina County and was thrown has been identified. The crash victim has been identified by the North Dakota Highway Patrol as Dean Becker of Cavalier. He was driving his four-wheel, all-terrain vehicle on 134th Avenue Northeast, about 7½ miles northwest of Cavalier, when he left the road, entered a ditch and encountered rough ground, ejecting him from the vehicle, according to Sgt. Ryan Panasuk of the highway patrol.
FARGO—A celebration to observe the 10th anniversary of African Soul, American Heart will be held Thursday, April 19, at the Radisson Hotel. Participants can enjoy live music, cocktails and appetisers as well as learn about plans for the African Soul, American Heart students and see the trailer for a new documentary, "Bright Soldiers," scheduled for release next fall.
CHRISTINE, N.D.—Construction will begin on Monday, April 16, on southbound Interstate 29 from reference point 32 to reference point 44, the exit to Christine. The project involves reconstruction of the southbound lanes of the interstate. During the project traffic will be head-to-head in the northbound lanes, speeds will be reduced and a width restriction of 15 feet will be in place.
CAVALIER, N.D.—A 55-year-old man died from injuries sustained when he was thrown from the all-terrain vehicle he was driving on a rural road near here on Friday, April 13, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.