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FARGO — At the height of the Rev. Billy Graham's career, the famed Christian evangelist could draw a crowd rivaled only by rock stars. Over the course of his career, Graham preached to more than 200 million people in 185 countries. Nearly 70,000 of those people attended a three-day event held at North Dakota State University's Dacotah Field in June 1987. For some, preparation for Graham's arrival began April 10, 1987, more than two months before his scheduled arrival. "Graham class to begin," reads a headline on that day's edition of The Forum.
FARGO - The Rev. Dale Vitalis, a long-serving Lutheran pastor here, has died. He was 89. Vitalis was the pastor at downtown Fargo's First Lutheran Church before retiring in 2013. He was also a senior pastor at Fargo's Pontoppidan Lutheran Church from 1978 to 1985. Vitalis died Sunday, Feb. 18, at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, according to an obituary from the Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home. "He died peacefully with no pain and our whole family was able to see and talk to him this past week," said his daughter Susan Vitalis in a Facebook post.
VERSAILLES, Ky.—I know what you're thinking. I can hear the voices, see the comments and envision the eye-rolling and head shaking already. "Another Carson Wentz story, seriously? About his personal life, nonetheless?" The answer is yes, and yes. But please, bear with me here. This story has less to do with Wentz and everything to do with the historic, medieval-themed Kentucky venue in which he recently proposed to his now-fiancee, Madison Oberg, a Kentucky native.
Over the course of history, many of the world’s most infamous tales have remained a mystery. Were the pyramids of Egypt built by aliens? Does Bigfoot really exist? And most importantly, why were there never fries on Taco Bell’s menu? That last tale is no longer a mystery after Mexican fast-food giant Taco Bell rolled out its latest menu item nationwide on Thursday, Jan. 25: nacho fries.
Have you ever wondered what North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven might look like if he were a historic piece of art? How about Josh Duhamel? Or Carson Wentz? No, you say? Yeah, neither did I. But after using a cool, new feature from Google's Arts and Culture mobile app, myself and others couldn't help but be amused and entertained with the (uncanny) side-by-side comparisons.
FARGO—Data released following the AFC and NFC Championship games reveals only one state outside of the New England area will be rooting for the Patriots in the upcoming Super Bowl: North Dakota. The data was compiled and mapped by popular online sports gambling site betonline.ag, which used its software to collect over 500,000 geotagged Twitter data. A geotag refers to an electronic tag that assigns a geographical location to a photograph or video, or a posting on social media.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz published a tweet Friday, Jan. 12, which appears to be in response to recent remarks made by President Trump. The tweet from Wentz reads: "Much love for the people of Haiti! They've been thru so much but it was incredible to see so much hope for them--even tho they've been stricken by so many natural disasters. Such a resilient nation & a place I'm passionate about. Definitely changed @jmattjmattjmatt and I forever!" Much love for the people of Haiti!
LONDON—Award-winning international journalist and author Roxana Saberi, who graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, will be taking on a new position with CBS News, the company said in a release. Saberi, 40, who has served as a freelance correspondent for CBS News since 2016, has taken on a new role as a London-based correspondent and will report for all CBS News platforms.
A season-ending knee injury may have costed Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz the MVP award, but a tweet from you could earn him another honor. Wentz, along with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, have been selected as three finalists for this year's FedEx Air and Ground NFL Players of the Year.
FARGO—Gander Outdoors CEO Marcus Lemonis has confirmed that the former Gander Mountain store here has not made the final list of stores that will be reopening. In a Periscope video posted on his Twitter page Wednesday, Jan. 3, Lemonis went through the final list of stores he said will eventually be reopening as Gander Outdoors, formerly Gander Mountain.