After four years of covering news for the Grand Forks Herald and The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Ryan Johnson has been a features and business reporter for The Forum since 2013.
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FARGO—A proposed increase in the state's tobacco tax could bring in $70 million each year, but that isn't why proponents put it on the ballot. Measure 4 would raise taxes from 44 cents to $2.20 per pack of cigarettes and boost the wholesale price tax on cigars and tobacco products from 28 to 56 percent. The idea was pitched to legislators in 2015 to lower the youth smoking rate by about 20 percent, Eric Johnson said.
ST. PAUL—Katherine Young was disgusted by the latest issue of Girls' Life magazine, so she did something about it—and had her version of what the magazine cover should look like...
FARGO—David Cook was bored with flowers, so he started collecting trash. Not long ago, the Hastings, Minn., artist was known for his whimsical "flower bombs," temporarily planting flower sculptures wrapped in colorful duct tape. He did that two years ago in Fargo, setting up near the intersection of Main Avenue and Broadway in the early morning and leaving the flowers up for a day to surprise and delight strangers. "They were big, pretty, colorful flowers, and that was all they were," Cook said.
FARGO—Fans of Fargo Brewing Co. have enjoyed beers at the production facility in north Fargo since 2013, but they'll find an upgrade in just about everything at the company's new taproom across town. Fargo Brewing's facility at 610 N. University Drive was built "industrial production-first," according to co-founder Jared Hardy. The small taproom there was a bit of an add-on, he said.
FARGO—Karl Jensen said it's about protecting the Missouri River. Lois Leben wanted to show her three young granddaughters the importance of standing up for the environment, while Birgit Pruess hoped to make a point about the need for alternatives to oil. They didn't all share the same motivations, but hundreds of people turned out Saturday, Aug. 27, for a walk along the Red River that started in Fargo's Oak Grove Park and ended on the Veterans Memorial Bridge to show their solidarity with Dakota Access Pipeline protesters near Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
FORT YATES, N.D. — "Divergent" star Shailene Woodley has teamed up with young activists from here to protest a new oil pipeline that would transport crude from North Dakota. Woodley...
WEST FARGO—Frank Clemens got into homebrewing a decade ago, when craft beer options were few and far between. Now, Clemens and three friends are gearing up to open Flatland Brewery...
FARGO — Rebel Marie is terrified what people might do if they see her walk in with her daughter. Darcy Corbitt said it's become as complicated as "planning a state visit for the president of the United States." Reed Rahrich's nights out downtown with friends now require stops at specific businesses just so he'll be safe. The most eventful part of using a public restroom might be realizing the paper towel dispenser is empty for those who are cisgender, meaning their gender identity matches their assigned gender at birth.
FARGO — Rebel Marie is terrified what people might do if they see her walk in with her daughter. Darcy Corbitt said it's become as complicated as "planning a state...
FARGO—Shelby Stangler is a reluctant Belieber. Not long ago, she figured out a new song she liked was sung by Justin Bieber, the Canadian pop star discovered through YouTube videos...