Forum staff reports
FARGO — Authorities have identified the victim of a fatal vehicle crash that happened Dec. 31 south of Fargo. Delmar Ruff, 72, who's from the Fargo area, was northbound on Interstate 29 when a large vehicle passed three other vehicles — a pickup, a semi and the van Ruff was driving — creating whiteout conditions, according to t he North Dakota Highway Patrol.
MEDORA, N.D. — Due to heavy snow, the North Unit scenic drive of Theodore Roosevelt National Park was closed as of Wednesday morning, Dec. 26. While the scenic drive is closed to vehicle traffic, it remains open to foot travel. Meanwhile, the park's South Unit, East River Road is open, though all visitor centers are closed. All hiking trails in the park remain open.
MANHATTAN, Kansas — The answers were the same, but the wardrobe was different. Chris Klieman, in a black suit and purple tie, was formally introduced as the new head coach at Kansas State on Wednesday afternoon. Klieman, who is doubling as the North Dakota State head coach this week, accepted the position on Monday. He and his family flew to Manhattan, Kan., on Tuesday night and are returning this afternoon for NDSU's practice later on today.
Forum sports reporter Chris Murphy, WDAY sports reporter Joel Sipper and Forum/West Fargo Pioneer sports reporter Clay Cunningham discuss the beginning of the high school basketball and hockey seasons in North Dakota and Minnesota, along with a nice gesture from the West Fargo Sheyenne boys hockey team.
WEST FARGO — The city of West Fargo is seeking public input on a study conducted last fall that focused on improving transportation and mobility within the 13th Avenue corridor. The public information meeting is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Training Room at the West Fargo City Hall. For those who cannot attend, there will also be an online open house at http://13thavewfstudy.com/ from Dec. 7 to Dec. 21.
FARGO — A West Fargo man pleaded guilty in Cass County District Court on Monday, Dec. 3, to firing a gun at a Fargo strip club in April. Pedro Dagdag III, entered guilty pleas to charges of reckless endangerment and preventing arrest, both Class C felonies, and to one count of fleeing a peace officer, a Class A misdemeanor. The charges stemmed from an incident that occurred on April 11 at the Northern Gentlemen's Club, 325 10th St. N.
Forum sports reporter Chris Murphy, WDAY sports reporter Joel Sipper and Forum/West Fargo Pioneer sports reporter Clay Cunningham discuss state volleyball in North Dakota, Barnesville and Mahnomen-Waubun's run to state championship football games and what to look for with the upcoming winter season in high school sports.
FARGO — Fargo police are warning local businesses about several counterfeit bills circulating in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Police have taken several reports since October of counterfeit $100 bills that are being used in the area, specifically at gas stations, according to a Fargo Police Department Facebook post. In these cases, a group of individuals have entered the gas station and prepaid for $10 in gas, police said. They then pay with a counterfeit $100 bill and receive $90 back in real money, police said.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — No. 6-seeded West Fargo upset No. 1 Fargo Davies 25-20, 25-22, 27-25 Saturday to clinch the North Dakota East Region tournament championship. Erin Binstock led the Packers with nine kills and four blocks. Halle Erickson added seven kills and 11 assists. Maddie Waldera paced West Fargo's defense with 20 digs. Katelyn Tveito totaled 15 assists. Lucie Holaday added four kills and two aces.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Fargo Davies earned a 25-17, 25-18, 25-11 sweep over Devils Lake on Friday in the North Dakota Class A East Region volleyball tournament. Grace Solberg led the Eagles with 13 kills and Morgan Hall added 10. Kenzee Langlie tallied 23 assists, while Grace Solberg paced Davies' defense with 18 digs. Ava Wild added four blocks. Chiara Olson and Mattea Vetsch each had six kills to lead Devils Lake. Kyleigh Toso added five kills with a pair of blocks. Abby Johnson paced the Firebirds defense with 13 digs.