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FARGO — The job of police chief is fraught with potential pitfalls. It's a precarious role that feels the tug of demands from the public, officers and city leaders. Not meeting enough of those demands can be a problem, but so can trying to please everyone. "You're basically putting a guy out there on a tightrope with a broomstick to balance with over a whole bunch of crocodiles," said Pat Claus, a former deputy chief at the Fargo Police Department.
FARGO — Just before the Dakota Access oil pipeline protest brought thousands of visitors to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, many businesses there started collecting a 5 percent sales tax. Standing Rock Tax Director Karol Two Bears said imposing the tax was not a shrewd move meant to cash in on the vast protest camps that swelled over the summer on and near the reservation, which continued to grow into the fall. The tax, which went into effect July 1, had actually been in the works for years, she said.
BISMARCK — Sitting on a couch in the sunlit living room of the North Dakota Governor's Residence, first lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum had something she wanted to talk about, something she had never made public before. She's already announced her plans to work to erase the social stigma around addiction and spread the word that it's a chronic disease, not a character flaw. But what she hasn't told everyone is that she herself has struggled with an alcohol addiction.
CASSELTON, N.D. — In releasing a long-awaited investigation report, the National Transportation Safety Board said a defective axle that broke was the likely cause of a fiery 2013 collision between an oil train and a derailed grain train just outside Casselton. At an NTSB meeting Tuesday, Feb. 7, in Washington, D.C., crash investigators said the axle had an empty space in the center of it that should have been solid.
NOME, N.D. — This 62-person hamlet in Barnes County is facing a question other sleepy North Dakota towns have already grappled with: What should be done when white supremacist Craig Cobb is trying to move in? Cobb, aka Paul Craig Cobb, has already tried to turn the towns of Leith and Antler into enclaves of white supremacists. Now, it's believed he started last week to move into the former Zion Lutheran Church in Nome, about 70 miles southwest of Fargo.
FARGO — The head of the local Catholic diocese says he was outraged by The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's front-page story Saturday, Feb. 4, because the newspaper interviewed an alleged white supremacist at a Fargo cathedral. The story centered around Pete Tefft, a Fargo resident who's been the target of signs posted downtown accusing him of being a "Nazi." The signs show Tefft's photo and ask people to tell him he's not welcome here.
FARGO — Dave Moszer's face has the weathered creases of a man who's spent much of his life outdoors, riding motorcycles and working construction. A number of his days in the elements involved installing steel on the outside of what would become Scheels Arena, a place where he now takes in Fargo Force hockey games, a place where his son, Brian, skates weekly.
FARGO — A long-running dispute centered around a payloader seized by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation in 2014 appears to finally be coming to an end. A cash settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit that accused BCI agent Arnie Rummel of unjustly seizing Darrell Schrum's payloader and giving it away, lawyers for Schrum said Monday, Jan. 23. Schrum's attorneys, Mark Friese and Neil Roesler, said they expect their client to receive $55,000 from the state, an amount that includes $35,000 in attorney fees.
FARGO — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum will attend Donald Trump's presidential inauguration on Friday, Jan. 20, in Washington, said governor's office spokesman Mike Nowatzki. The governor and his wife, Kathryn Helgaas Burgum, left Tuesday, Jan. 17, for the nation's capital and are expected to return to North Dakota this weekend, Nowatzki said, noting that the couple paid their own travel costs.
FARGO – North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum will attend Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration on Friday, Jan. 20, in Washington, said governor’s office spokesman Mike Nowatzki. The governor and his wife, Kathryn Helgaas Burgum, left Tuesday, Jan. 17, for the nation’s capital and are expected to return to North Dakota this weekend, Nowatzki said, noting that the couple paid their own travel costs.