Wendy reports for The Forum and West Fargo Pioneer, where she is also assistant editor. A University of Minnesota Morris graduate from North Dakota, Wendy started her career in television news and entertainment in Minnesota and at CBS in Television City, Calif. before working at newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota.
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WEST FARGO — An apparent act of vandalism caused more than 200,000 gallons of water to flood the ground and possibly foundations of at least three historic Cass County buildings at Bonanzaville. "I've been here nearly five years, and we’ve never, ever had any vandalism," Bonanzaville Executive Director Brenda Warren said Monday, Jan. 7. "I just can't imagine who would want to purposely destroy precious artifacts and historic buildings. It’s heartbreaking."
WEST FARGO -- A pioneer village and museum here will host the popular “Antiques Roadshow” next summer.
FARGO — A former West Fargo middle school teacher who pleaded guilty to having sex with a student and sharing illicit photos and videos with students was sentenced Monday, Nov. 5, to 10 years in prison. Moser, dressed in an orange jumpsuit, wiped away tears as the courtroom in Cass County District Court filled with friends and family, including her husband, Brett. Prosecutor Tristan Van De Streek had asked for a 20-year sentence, of which Moser would have served 15 years and serve the remaining five years on sex offender parole.
FARGO — A Utah-based education company is eyeing North Dakota to be part of a pilot program to provide free, at-home preschool service to rural areas. Earlier this month, Waterford of Sandy, Utah, received a $14 million education and innovation research grant from the U.S. Department of Education to bring its UPSTART program to North Dakota. Waterford is a nonprofit education company that researches and creates programs that blend personalized learning and technology.
FARGO — A 29-year-old Fargo man pleaded guilty Thursday, Sept. 27, to felony charges of manslaughter and terrorizing in connection with the death of an acquaintance during a fight in March. Daniel Habiger had been charged with murder. His sentencing hearing on the manslaughter and terrorizing charges is set for Nov. 15 in Cass County District Court. According to court documents, Habiger called 911 from a gas station on March 2, reporting that he had killed someone at his apartment.
FARGO — A Fargo man is accused of trading his employer's advertising space for more than $63,000 in luxury items and services for his own personal use, including a home sound system, mechanic work on exotic cars and spa treatments meant to freeze off fat. Paul Hilt, 49, is charged with three felonies: misapplication of entrusted property, theft of services and theft by deception. He also faces a misdemeanor count of failing to pay income taxes. According to Cass County District Court documents:
WEST FARGO — After a study found North Dakota has the fastest growing rate of death by suicide in the nation, groups are coming together to strategize on how to reduce that growing number. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., hosted the Summit to Stop Suicide on Monday, Sept. 10, in which she invited 11 speakers from national and state organizations that deal with suicide and mental health to speak about what can be done to prevent a leading cause of death for 15 to 34 year olds in North Dakota.
FARGO — In less than an hour, Dr. Drew Pinsky touched on addiction, trauma, brain science and faith-based programs, among other topics under the mental health umbrella, to kick off the North Dakota Behavioral Health Conference on Thursday, Sept. 6. Pinsky, known for his reality TV show "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew," gave the keynote address at the two-day conference. The conference traditionally draws about 200 to 300 people, but this year attendees topped 500, said Gov. Doug Burgum who introduced Pinsky.
FARGO—A former West Fargo middle school teacher accused of sharing illicit photos and videos with students and having sexual contact with two of them, pleaded guilty to six of eight charges against her on Monday, Aug. 27. Shannon Moser, 37, was charged in Cass County District Court with two charges of using a minor in a sexual performance involving two students, one of whom she is accused of having illegal sexual contact with per a sexual assault charge.
FARGO—A former West Fargo middle school teacher who was initially accused of sharing illicit videos with two students and having sex with one of them now faces new charges alleging four additional victims. Shannon Moser was charged in Cass County District Court on July 20 with two counts of using a minor in a sexual performance, both Class A felonies, and one count of sexual assault, a Class C felony. Those charges relate to two alleged victims. On Friday, Aug. 3, prosecutors amended the complaint against Moser to allege that four additional victims were involved.