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FARGO — Health officials told the Fargo Cass Public Health Board of Health Friday, Feb. 15, that active cases of tuberculosis are relatively rare in the region and the disease itself is not an easy one to contract. Dr. Heidi Lako-Adamson, a health officer with Fargo Cass Public Health, said she has been working in emergency medicine for more than 25 years without becoming infected with TB bacterium, and she said she's not worried about it happening in the future.
FARGO — A psychiatrist on Friday, Feb. 1, added his voice to those of other experts who claim the man convicted in the 2003 kidnapping and killing of 22-year-old Dru Sjodin has an intellectual disability, a diagnosis that if accepted by the court would make Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. ineligible for execution. Arturo Silva, a forensic psychiatrist, testified in federal court here that in his opinion, Rodriguez has deficiencies in his ability to cope with the demands of everyday life that are so extensive they support a diagnosis of intellectual disability.
FARGO — Police here are alerting residents about a nationwide theft ring that's hit Fargo. City police say the gang, known as the Felony Lane Gang, has been active in the U.S. for at least a decade. The gang breaks into unattended vehicles in parking lots, taking purses, credit cards, checkbooks and ID's. Police say that in January 2018, Fargo had at least 12 cases linked to the gang. The local incidents involved thieves targeting fitness centers, day cares, movie theaters, sporting events, cemeteries and parks.
FARGO — Members from 24 Fargo-Moorhead area organizations got together Tuesday, Jan. 15, to explore a critical question: Can simple practices inoculate people against mental health problems while enhancing happiness in our workaday world? Science says the answer to that question is yes, said Jill Nelson, coordinator of The People Project, a community-based effort aimed at bringing the benefits of positive habits and thinking into the workplace.
WAHPETON, N.D.— The Richland County State's Attorney's Office has decided not to bring charges in connection with a crash on Interstate 29 that killed three people. Flor Avila, 24, of Fargo was driving south on I-29 on July 15 when her vehicle collided head-on with a pickup driven by 15-year-old Connor Radtke, of West Fargo. Radtke's northbound pickup had edged off the road, and Radtke overcorrected, causing the pickup to cross the interstate median before it collided with Avila's car, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
FARGO — It was 30 years ago this week that Fargo-Moorhead residents had to dig themselves out from a weekend storm that dropped 24.3 inches of snow over two days — an unprecedented parade of precipitation that to this day retains the record for most snowfall in a two-day period in the metro area. The snow choked streets and avenues, and a Forum story from the time quoted Fargo's street superintendent as saying it would take two weeks to clear downtown streets of snow.
FARGO — 2018 is in the rearview mirror, but some unfinished business between the city of Fargo and the Fargo Municipal Airport Authority is carrying over into the new year. Late last year, some long-simmering issues came to the fore after the airport authority proposed giving a raise to airport Executive Director Shawn Dobberstein, which would increase his compensation package from about $167,000 to about $220,000 by the year 2020.
WISHEK, N.D. — Friends and family of Daniel Seminole have taken to social media with questions and concerns following his death in a Bismarck hospital after experiencing what authorities said was a medical emergency while being transported by a McIntosh County sheriff's deputy late Thursday, Dec. 13.
HORACE, N.D. — The Cass County Sheriff's Office is notifying the public about a sex offender living in Horace, who authorities believe has a high risk of re-offending. David Laverne Lilley Jr., who is either 32 or 33, is living at 22 Horseshoe Bend Mobile Home Court in Horace, according to the sheriff's office. Lilley is described as 5-foot-8 and 195 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. The sheriff's office said Lilley was convicted of gross sexual imposition involving a victim who was 13 and an acquaintance.
FARGO — The city of Fargo has taken a step toward confirming the right to carry guns during states of emergency. A city ordinance now prohibits possessing or carrying guns and various other weapons during any state of emergency that has been declared by the mayor or acting mayor. However, the city was recently informed the ordinance is inconsistent with state law, which allows for the lawful possession of a gun during a declared emergency.