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FARGO — The Catholic Diocese of Fargo has placed a priest on paid administrative leave after he told church officials about "concerns that had been brought to him regarding his interaction with youth," Bishop John Folda said in a statement Saturday, May 27. Father Thomas Feltman, pastor of St. John the Baptist's Catholic Church in Wyndmere, N.D., and St. Arnold's Catholic Church in Milnor, N.D., won't be performing any priestly duties and won't be living on diocesan property while the complaint is investigated, diocesan spokesman Paul Braun said.
FESSENDEN, N.D. — The former Wells County sheriff was jailed Saturday, May 27, on suspicion of committing two felonies: bribery and conspiring to deliver methamphetamine. Johnny Zip Lawson, 41, was also booked on three misdemeanors: neglect of duty by a public official, ingestion of meth and providing false information to a law enforcement officer, according to staff at the Stutsman County Jail in Jamestown.
RURAL BARNESVILLE, Minn. — A couple is accused of stealing roughly $80,000 worth of collectables from a home in rural Barnesville, including Nazi memorabilia and four guns. Amber Hedstrom and her boyfriend, Justin Marlen, were each charged Thursday, May 25, in Clay County District Court with nine counts of felony theft.
FARGO — Mary Locken was aiming to fire a warning shot. This single working mom wanted to put fear in the hearts of her teenage sons who'd both been caught using pot and pills. So she called the Fargo police and made a request, one they had never heard before. She wanted a police dog to sniff the rooms of her house for drugs. Officers obliged, but no stash was detected, only residue.
NAPOLEON, N.D. — A funeral was held Tuesday, May 2, for a former Napoleon police officer who killed himself about two months after he was fired under controversial circumstances. The officer, 31-year-old Nathan Weber, was a husband and father of three who lived in Napoleon, a Logan County town of roughly 800 people in south-central North Dakota. Weber and James Waldo, Napoleon's police chief at the time, were both fired in February after receiving negative job performance reviews from Mayor Todd Moos.
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.