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FARGO — A new review of rural Cass County residents who applied for farm home tax exemptions could add the property value equivalent of the entire town of Kindred, N.D., back to the county's tax rolls.
FARGO — Heidi Heitkamp is well known as a U.S. senator and former North Dakota attorney general. But to her brothers and sisters, she is remembered as the sibling who spent lots of time in the family's laundry room. Doing the laundry was one of her designated chores in a family of seven children. "Buried, reading book after book," sister Holly said, recalling what her older sister was often doing instead of folding the laundry. "Pretending to be working," brother Joel added.
MOORHEAD—Well-wishers crowded around the depot here as families and friends gathered to see their sons and brothers board a train that would carry the young men on a journey that ultimately would take them to the battlefields of Europe. It was cloudy that day, and the roads were muddy, making travel difficult for those who came from the countryside for the send-off ceremony on Saturday, May 25, 1918, one of many such celebrations to bid farewell to waves of men who were going off to fight in World War I.
FARGO—John Lohman was 21 years old when his Forum news team won the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Fargo's deadly 1957 tornado. He spent 48 years in The Forum newsroom, ultimately reaching the post of associate editor before retiring in 2000. He also filled the role of outdoors editor for many years, a position that enabled him to pursue his love of hunting and fishing.
FARGO — Sanford Health envisions a day when patients can walk into a primary care clinic and provide a blood sample that will reveal genetic susceptibility to certain diseases and help to guide treatment options. That day, as it turns out, is coming soon with the planned "mid-year" rollout of a laboratory test that uses a small blood sample to determine a patient's risk for certain diseases.
FARGO — Crazy Horse is remembered as an uncompromising Lakota warrior who never signed a treaty and who played a leading role in the stunning defeat of Lt. Col. George Custer at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. He refused to be photographed, but his likeness is being carved on a mammoth scale in a mountain in the Black Hills, and he remains an enigma in spite of his lasting fame.
FARGO — Lalit Saravana saw two basic paths to a college education. One was to go out of state to a university that would leave his parents with a huge debt to pay off. The other was to attend North Dakota State University and work his way through college. Saravana chose the work-and-stay-at-home option. In addition to taking a heavy course load, he worked full time — actually more than full time, often racking up 50 or 60 hours a week on the job — while pursuing a business major.
FARGO — Higher education leaders voted to hire an independent audit firm to review complaints concerning finances, space utilization and a workforce training program at the North Dakota State College of Science. The three-member audit committee of the State Board of Higher Education voted unanimously to approve the independent audit in a special meeting on Friday, May 4. Members decided to hire an outside audit firm because of the workload facing internal audit and compliance staff and to have an independent examination of the concerns.
FARGO — Minnesota regulators have decided they must conduct a supplemental environmental review of the revised Fargo-Moorhead Diversion and now local officials hope permit approval for the $2.4 billion project can come this fall. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, which must grant a permit for a dam on the Red River in order for the project to proceed, notified the Diversion Authority that it needs more information about the impacts of the modified project under its permitting process.
FARGO — Concealed by his cowboy hat, the three-inch scar on Brady Jandreau's head serves as a reminder of the day his professional rodeo career came to an abrupt end. The day he almost died. Jandreau was thrown from a bronco during a rodeo on April 1, 2016, inside the Fargodome. His foot got caught in the stirrup, tethering him to the horse, which stepped on the right side of his head. Jandreau remained conscious throughout the ordeal.