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FARGO — A traffic engineering tool known to prevent virtually all of a particularly deadly type of crash will begin to be installed for the first time on portions of North Dakota interstates this summer. Workers will start putting in high-tension cable median barriers along parts of Interstate 94 around Fargo and Bismarck and Interstate 29 in the Grand Forks area. Jane Berger, programming division director at the North Dakota Department of Transportation, said the 2019 project will cost about $6 million.
FARGO — It may seem counterintuitive to spray any kind of liquid outdoors during frigid North Dakota and Minnesota winters, but city crews here do it in the name of safer roads. The cities of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo use salt brine as one weapon in their winter weather arsenals. Fargo Public Works Director Ben Dow said the liquid keeps snow from bonding to pavement and can help fight frost on bridge decks and underpasses. “It’s like putting butter on your pan when making eggs so the eggs won’t stick,” Dow said.
FARGO — Work areas come in all varieties, but the spaces two men occupy on the Block 9 tower construction site downtown are wildly different than most. Jeff Jerde, 53, and Justin Beauchane, 41, operate the two large cranes being used to build the $117 million, 234-foot high-rise backed by the R.D. Offutt Company and Gov. Doug Burgum’s Kilbourne Group. Their jobs are to move heavy equipment and materials from one spot to another at the site along Broadway and Second Avenue North.
MOORHEAD — Local parks make a good training ground for the only cross-country ski team in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area, and well-groomed ski trails can help ensure the athletes stay on their feet. Other people may be compromising those trails, however, perhaps without even realizing it. Tom Dooher, Moorhead High School Nordic ski coach, said it’s great that so many people enjoy being outdoors in the winter, but when some are walking, hiking or biking on trails meant for skiers, they leave big ruts behind.
MOORHEAD — He rents “shop space” in a cold-storage building in this city’s industrial park, but isn’t using it for woodworking or any other hobby. Instead, “Homeless Dave,” as he calls himself, has turned the spot not meant for human habitation into his home. Boxes overflowing with household items cover the concrete floor. A bumper-pull camper parked inside is where he showers and sleeps. A makeshift office, where he uses his old computer, is shrouded in tarps and equipped with heat lamps to stave off the winter chill.
FARGO — The defeat of an incumbent U.S. senator after a vote on a controversial Supreme Court nominee. Two visits from President Donald Trump during a heated campaign. Allegations of sodomy and sexual assault among students in a rural North Dakota school district. The departure of a popular Bison football coach and the hiring of another in the middle of a championship run. These were some of the most notable events of 2018 in the Fargo-Moorhead area, based on a vote of The Forum’s newsroom staff. Here are summaries of our top news stories, ranked one through 10.
FARGO — When Cass County Sheriff-elect Jesse Jahner takes over his new duties in January, he’ll say farewell to another role he’s played for nearly his entire law enforcement career. For 17 of his 20 years with the sheriff’s department, Jahner has also been a member of the region’s highly-trained tactical team. As an operator on Red River Valley SWAT, he’s been called out to help resolve standoffs, domestic disturbances and other incidents where there may be an increased level of danger to the public and officers.
FARGO — People often look at abortion as a black or white issue, with no gray area. You’re either against abortion or in favor of a woman’s right to choose to terminate a pregnancy. But a local nonprofit group is working to establish a neutral zone on the polarizing issue, with help from a little "green." Plants for Patients provides a green plant, housed in a handmade clay pot with a personalized note, to women who seek abortions at the Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo, North Dakota’s only abortion facility.
FARGO — At first sight, Sylvia Peach Leiviska doesn’t seem like someone who could take down a 600-pound blue wildebeest. But the 12-year-old Fargo girl, who’s 4-foot-8 and 75 pounds, has quite a story to tell about the animal she snagged on safari with her family in South Africa last summer. In photos, holding the crossbow and rifle she used, she’s dwarfed by the wildebeest’s massive body. “It was just crazy how big it was,” she said.
MOORHEAD — Former employees of a now-defunct sand-and-gravel company claim management deprived them of tens of thousands of dollars in wages for their work on a major interstate project here in 2016. Some make an even more explosive claim — that the former Summit Sand and Gravel company used subpar material for parts of the diverging diamond interchange at Eighth Street South and Interstate 94, which could compromise the integrity of the $13.6 million, taxpayer-funded project.