WEST FARGO – Investigators looking into the cause of a fire that burned on the outside of a fuel storage tank Sunday are focusing on a failure of the piping and the mechanical pump system that pumps fuel out of the tank, West Fargo Fire Chief Dan Fuller said Tuesday, Feb. 20. Fuller said 1,200 barrels of diesel fuel leaked from the tank at the Magellan Midstream Partners facility and investigators are trying to determine how it was ignited.
WEST FARGO – A large fire that broke out early this morning at the Magellan fuel tank terminal here has been extinguished, West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern said at about 12:10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18. The blaze, which created a hazardous plume of black smoke, was reported at 5:12 a.m. Sunday at the terminal at 902 Main Ave. E. Authorities initially issued a shelter-in-place advisory for anyone within a 5-mile radius, and nearby residents received automated phone calls alerting them to the situation. That advisory has been lifted, and streets in the area have reopened, said Assistant West Fargo Police Chief Jerry Boyer.
FARGO – A former Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing children while he worked at churches in Fargo and West Fargo has pleaded not guilty to two Class B felony counts of gross sexual imposition. Fernando Laude Sayasaya, 53, appearing in orange Cass County Jail garb, said little during the hearing Wednesday, Feb. 14, in Cass County District Court before Judge Steven McCullough.
FARGO – It hasn’t been determined whether Brooke Crews, the admitted killer of a pregnant Fargo woman and abductor of her newborn, will testify at the trial of accused accomplice William Hoehn. But she at least will be sitting for a deposition to answer investigators’ questions, a prosecutor said Friday, Feb. 9. A date has not been set for Crews’ deposition in the case of her boyfriend, Hoehn, said Assistant State’s Attorney Ryan Younggren, who noted that the deposition won’t be public.
COLFAX, N.D. – Students at Richland 44 Junior and Senior High School here are being offered outside counseling services in the wake of allegations that bullying or hazing of younger boys by older students in the boys locker room may have included sexual misconduct, a school official said Wednesday, Jan. 24.
BARNESVILLE, Minn. – Jaynie Halvorson, the Hawley mother and wife killed when the SUV she was driving collided with a semi Tuesday, will be remembered for her tremendous energy and love of community, a Barnesville High School official said Wednesday, Jan. 10. “She grew up here, and her family is all here. She was a very connected person to our school and our community,” counselor Kyle Gylland said.
FARGO – Arctic cold and snow will return to the Red River Valley Wednesday, Jan. 10, starting with fog and a fine, light mist before quickly changing to snow at about 2 p.m. in the Fargo-Moorhead area, the National Weather Service reports. About 4 to 5 inches of snow is expected in much of the region starting Wednesday afternoon and continuing until around midnight, with sustained winds rising toward sunset into the 25 to 35 mph range with gusts up to 45 mph. Strong winds are expected to continue into Thursday morning, Jan. 11, before tapering off.
MOORHEAD – The identities of the motorists involved in a four-car crash Saturday afternoon that fatally injured a 2-year-old boy were released by the Moorhead Police Department on Monday, Jan. 8. Zaiden David Engen died Saturday at Fargo’s Sanford Medical Center as a result of the injuries he suffered in the crash, Capt. Tory Jacobson said in a news release. Zaiden was a passenger in a vehicle driven by his father, Logan William Ness, 24, of Moorhead. His mother, Alyse Ann Engen, 22, of Breckenridge, Minn., was a passenger.
FARGO – The former business manager for the Fargo School District opted to resign after being accused of making comments to and about another senior administrator that, if proven true, would have violated the district’s policy on bullying, according to a district memorandum obtained by The Forum through a public records request.
FARGO – High winds Tuesday and Wednesday ripped off or damaged a number of exterior panels on the west side of the downtown Radisson Hotel, prompting city officials to close nearby streets to keep drivers and pedestrians safe. It’s not the first time high winds have caused such damage at the Radisson. In April 2015, a couple of exterior panels were damaged by winds that blew through the area.