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It's not often the U.S. attorney general flies to North Dakota specifically to hold a press conference to praise the work of the state's U.S. attorney and the good work his office did in busting bad guys. Any time this happens, it should be noted and underlined with a red Sharpie pen. So consider this column as an official noting and underlining of Jeff Sessions' stop in Fargo last week. Also consider it a question from the peanut gallery: If the current U.S. attorney is doing such a great job for the people of North Dakota, why replace him?
The Great Minnesota Muskie War is getting ugly. It includes threats, intrigue and vindictive backroom politics that would make Tammany Hall politicians blush. And it's all over a fish that, according to scientific studies, has no negative effects in the lakes in which it swims.
MOORHEAD — It is time for Moorhead to think big, perhaps bigger than it's dared think before. Does that mean anything fruitful will come of trying to fill the black hole left behind by the Herberger's store in the Moorhead Center Mall going out of business? Certainly not, but for some reason the death of Herberger's seems like a critical moment and one that can't pass without a major reaction.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—The family of a 6-year-old boy slain in Fergus Falls says it knows of multiple people who called social services in Otter Tail County to warn of possible abuse by the child's accused killers, but says nothing was done. The child's mother also says she called social services two times in the days leading up to his death.
Why making it more difficult for citizens to vote is seen as a good idea remains a mystery, but North Dakota's most populous county might be going down that road. Why isn't exactly clear, but this much we know: The issue appears to be breaking down along party lines. Republicans appear willing to take away an hour of voting time for Cass County residents. Democrats don't. In some ways, it mirrors the national debate over access to voting.
What looked like a bombshell story about the Fargo-Moorhead diversion turned out to be—forgive us for using this phrase—a nothingburger. A real, actual nothingburger. KFGO-AM reported this week that U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, representing Minnesota's 7th District, said he's skeptical the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will grant a permit for the $2.4 billion flood control project because of an alleged negative email Peterson received from DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr and Water Management Division Director Kent Lokkesmoe.
Fargo Police Chief David Todd wanted to send a message when he presented his department's annual report to the City Commission this week. So he did, knowing he would not make any friends in high places. Whether anybody at the top is listening, and whether they agree with him, is a whole different story. "Somebody needs to start talking about it," Todd said on my 970 WDAY radio show Tuesday, March 27.
Eric Johnson's experience at January's NFC Championship game in Philadelphia was not as horrible as it was for some Minnesota Vikings fans. But it wasn't exactly a walk in the park, either, and that led the West Fargo resident to complain to the National Football League. It appears his voice is being heard, along with the voices of many other Vikings fans.
Fargo The biggest piece of news regarding Easton Stick coming out of head coach Chris Klieman's press conference this week was that the North Dakota State senior quarterback will miss two weeks of spring practice because of an "elbow issue," to use the coach's verbiage. Stick has tightness in his right (throwing) elbow, Klieman said, and will be limited in how many throws he makes between now and April 20, when spring workouts end. Stick had an MRI, which found no injury, and he has been rehabilitating the elbow. "He's progressing well," Klieman said.
The Fargo City Commission race is going back to the future even more than it already has. Former two-term commissioner Arlette Preston was gathering signatures at the North Dakota Democratic-NPL convention, apparently in an attempt to submit a petition to get on the June ballot. Fargo allows commission candidates two ways of getting on the ballot: Pay a $100 filing fee or gathering 300 signatures of qualified voters. Preston could not be reached for comment.