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MOORHEAD — Holding back tears, 19-year-old Malachi Rohrer can't help but get emotional when thinking back to the accident that changed his life. "Explaining what happened doesn't hurt my feelings a lot, but when I slowly explain it and go through all the details in my head, that's when it really hits me," the Moorhead resident said. "Keeping it simple makes it easier to talk about." For Rohrer, that simplicity can be hard to find ever since an accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down, dashing his dreams of joining the U.S. Coast Guard as a helicopter pilot.
FARGO—Oops, we did it again. Both Fargo and Grand Forks stood pat in 2018 as two of the top 20 drunkest cities in the United States, according to a 24/7 Wall Street study published in USA Today. Fargo ranked as the fifth-drunkest city in the country, while Grand Forks ranked eighth. Neither Fargo's nor Grand Forks' ranking changed from the same study conducted in 2017.
FARGO - A fast-food restaurant here is giving its customers three more opportunities to take advantage of a promotional offer for free chicken. Every Tuesday in May, the West Acres Chick-fil-A, 4100 13th Avenue South, is giving away a free chicken sandwich to customers who visit the restaurant between 2 and 5 p.m., according to a West Acres Instagram post. The remaining dates to take advantage of this promotion are Tuesday, May 15, Tuesday, May 22 and Tuesday, May 29. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bih4mpb
FFARGO - A woman who went reported as missing Sunday night, May 6, has been found safe, according to Fargo police. Tricia Cheri Flaagan, 34, went missing Sunday around 9:40 p.m in the 2500 block of 25 1/2 Avenue South in Fargo.
If you live in North Dakota and you've got a political yard sign, go ahead and flaunt it. That's what a new study suggests after its results revealed that North Dakota is among the most tolerant states in the country when it comes to their neighbors' political yard signs. The study, which was conducted by ShieldCo, a custom business, signage and décor company, surveyed 3,000 Americans asking them what they think about yard signs, and, in particular, their neighbors' yard signs.
AUSTIN, Texas—Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz kicked off a two-week fundraising campaign Monday, April 30, to help transform the lives of thousands of kids in Haiti. Wentz is raising funds for the Mission of Hope Haiti Sports Complex project through his AO1 Foundation at The Giving Back Fund. The 60-acre sports complex will host sports leagues for 15,000 kids annually and provide programs focused on character development, education and discipline. Over the next two weeks, Wentz says, he'll personally match every dollar, up to $500,000.
FARGO—An esteemed panel of four local media experts gathered together Thursday afternoon, April 26, to have a healthy discussion on the modern-day media landscape, particularly, the topic of fake news. The event, which was hosted by the Northern Plains Ethics Institute, was held inside Minard Hall on the campus of North Dakota State University in front of a packed lecture hall and was moderated by Jack Zaleski, former editorial page editor of The Forum.
OWASSO, Okla.—The family of a 7-year-old Oklahoma boy who was born with two rare genetic conditions are now the proud new owners of a cat that shares the exact same characteristics. Madden Humphreys, of Owasso, Okla., was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. He also has a rare condition known as heterochromia iridum, which means his eyes are two different colors. For Madden, looking different than his peers, unfortunately, has resulted in several bullying-related incidents at school.
FARGO—Actor and comedian Nick Swardson announced he'll be taking his stand-up routine on the road this summer, which includes a stop in Fargo. Swardson, a Minneapolis native, said on his official Twitter account Friday, March 23, that his "Many Smells Tour" will come to Fargo June 3. A native of the Twin Cities, Swardson found fame working with Adam Sandler on movies like "Grandma's Boy," "Benchwarmers," and "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry". He also had his own Comedy Central TV program, "Pretend Time with Nick Swardson".
FARGO — At the height of the Rev. Billy Graham's career, the famed Christian evangelist could draw a crowd rivaled only by rock stars. Over the course of his career, Graham preached to more than 200 million people in 185 countries. Nearly 70,000 of those people attended a three-day event held at North Dakota State University's Dacotah Field in June 1987. For some, preparation for Graham's arrival began April 10, 1987, more than two months before his scheduled arrival. "Graham class to begin," reads a headline on that day's edition of The Forum.