Ryan Johnson has been a reporter for The Forum since 2012 and previously wrote for the Grand Forks Herald.
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HAWLEY, Minn. — Jane Anderson could've bought a new pickup, but she had another bright idea for what to buy with that money — 72 solar panels that could make enough electricity to offset her home and business power needs. Anderson, owner of The Groom Room dog boarding and grooming business east of Hawley, said she's always been curious about solar but assumed it was unaffordable.
FARGO — Some film and TV projects are just work, but Nick Fink's latest role is more than just a way to pay the bills. The Fargo native will be a series regular on the new MTV series "Sweet/Vicious," appearing in all 10 episodes of the first season that premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15. The dramedy follows college students and secret vigilantes Jules and Ophelia as they try to get justice for abuse victims. Fink, 25, said he's been at auditions and knew he was perfect for Tyler, one of the characters on the new series.
FARGO -- Voters on Tuesday, Nov. 8, rejected the first increase to North Dakota’s tobacco tax since 1993. Measure 4 aimed to raise taxes from 44 cents to $2.20 per...
FARGO—A Fargo-based technology company has expanded to Sioux Falls, S.D. Mobile application company Myriad Mobile now has two engineers on its team based in downtown Sioux Falls in a subleased space it shares with tech company Lemonly. The largest city in South Dakota is a lot like Fargo in many ways, according to Jake Joraanstad, CEO and co-founder. "There's some great companies there that we'd love to do business with," he said.
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...