Forum Staff Report
FARGO — North Dakota State University's newest building will be named after a company started by two of its alumni, the university said Thursday, Oct. 4. Aldevron Tower is an addition to Sudro Hall that's scheduled to open in 2020. Aldevron the company is a biotechnology firm started in 1998 by Michael Chambers and John Ballantyne. Today it has operations in Fargo; Madison, Wis.; and Freiburg, Germany.
FARGO — Valley City State University has a new president, Alan LaFave, who was named to the post by the State Board of Higher Education Thursday, Sept. 27, according to a news release. He is currently provost and vice president for academic affairs at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D. The previous VCSU president, Tisa Mason, left in December after three years to become president of Fort Hays State University in Kansas. Margaret Dahlberg has served as interim president. The board made its decision during its meeting at VCSU.
FARGO — City staff is scheduled to begin moving into the new City Hall building over the next three weeks starting Monday, Aug. 27, the city said. The public will still need to go to the current City Hall where staff will serve them until the new building opens to the public on Sept. 17.
FARGO - A fire totaled an SUV after the occupants heard a noise and stopped on the 25th Street South exit ramp from Interstate 94 on Friday, July 27, the North Dakota Highway Patrol reported. According to the report: Alexis Nelson, 18, Fargo, was driving a 2001 Land Rover eastbound on Interstate 94 and exited at 25th Street South about 9:25 p.m.
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.