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FARGO — North Dakota, Minnesota and other states could be without Amtrak service if a proposal in President Donald Trump's budget becomes reality. The president's budget calls for eliminating federal funding for Amtrak's "long distance train services, which have long been inefficient and incur the vast majority of Amtrak's operating losses."
FARGO — City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn was a no-show at a Thursday, April 13, meeting where the Fargo Human Relations Commission released a controversial report, requested by Piepkorn in October, on the costs and benefits of refugee resettlement. Piepkorn was the only city commissioner not at the City Hall meeting attended by over 100 people. Barry Nelson, a member of the Human Relations Commission, told The Forum he believed Piepkorn was on vacation.
FARGO — The letter showed up one morning at 121 9th St. N. in Fargo. It was addressed to Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Keefe of Fargo, the parents of Pvt. Walter Joseph Keefe, an Army infantryman serving overseas in World War I. The news was the worst possible, one of the many dire messages sent back to the U.S. after it joined World War I—a day marking its 100th anniversary Thursday, April 6. Keefe had been wounded in the fighting at Chateau Thierry, France. He'd been sent to a hospital in the city of Nantes where American Red Cross nurses cared for him.
FARGO — For nearly 40 years, the federal government has subsidized commercial passenger flights to out-of-the-way towns like Devils Lake, N.D., and Thief River Falls, Minn. Proponents of the program, known as Essential Air Service (EAS), say it supports small airports and helps rural economies stay competitive. But it's often criticized as congressional pork. The EAS program, as it has in years past, landed on the chopping block this month with President Donald Trump's budget blueprint calling for its elimination, which would save about $175 million per year.
FARGO — A video posted online by Planned Parenthood shows police turning away two of the group's supporters as they try to deliver a petition to the Fargo office of U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, who called the video "staged." The video was shot Friday, March 24, during a protest outside Cramer's office. It starts with Amy Jacobson of Planned Parenthood saying she and Danni Pinnick are at the office to submit the petition signed by over 800 North Dakotans in support of the group.
FARGO — Some of the giants that line Fargo's streets, tower over backyards and cast long shadows in city parks are more than just big trees. They're champions. Of the roughly 75 types of trees on the North Dakota Register of Champion Trees, 26 are in Fargo — more than any other city in the state. Since 1984, the North Dakota Forest Service (yes, it's an actual agency) has been keeping track of the state's largest trees, including native species like juniper, boxelder and cottonwood as well as non-natives like honeylocust, Siberian elm and Norway spruce.
FARGO — A pair of evidentiary hearings in Alfonso Rodriguez Jr.'s appeal of his death sentence have been delayed again. An evidentiary hearing on forensic issues in the murder case was to start Tuesday, March 28, but it's now set to begin June 20. Seven days have been allotted for testimony, but only four days may be needed, court records stated. Another evidentiary hearing, focused on Rodriguez's mental health, was set for June 20 and could last four days or more. But that hearing will be moved to a later date, court records stated.
FARGO — A newly released video shows a Cass County deputy cussing out a North Dakota trooper who arrested him for drunken driving in Barnes County. The deputy, Jesse Barbot, resigned before the Cass County Sheriff's Office reached a decision on how to discipline him for his arrest and subsequent berating of Trooper Jed Dahnke.
Every legislative session, hundreds of lobbyists descend upon the statehouses in Bismarck and St. Paul, trying to achieve their legislative agendas. Some are hired guns contracted by various groups to work on a variety of issues, while others are in-house lobbyists employed by the groups they represent. In North Dakota and Minnesota, a handful of groups stand out because of the number of lobbyists they have.
FARGO — With smoking being the No. 1 cause of preventable death in the U.S., tobacco companies and health groups seemingly would be clear opponents in statehouse politics. But that stark division can get blurred in North Dakota and Minnesota where, according to state records, at least a half dozen lobbyists are registered to represent both tobacco firms and health organizations — groups like the North Dakota Hospital Association and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.