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FARGO — Mildred Rea Frankson lived a long life. She was 102 when she died Wednesday, Nov. 9, but her obituary, which appeared the next day in The Forum, was striking for its brevity: "Mildred Rea Frankson, 1914-2016. She lived an extraordinary life." Above the words was a photo and like Frankson's obit, it was intriguing. The stylish hairdo. The oversized sunglasses. Was this a reclusive movie star from the golden age of cinema?
FARGO—Election officials scoff at Donald Trump's repeated claims that the election will be rigged against him. They say there are too many safeguards built into the system to allow for any races on Tuesday, Nov. 8—national or otherwise—to be compromised significantly, despite the Republican presidential nominee's insistence for months that the election is vulnerable to fraud. "It's virtually impossible," said North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger, a Republican.
FARGO—One of four men charged in the beating death of Joey Gaarsland outside a Fargo bar in May 2015 was sentenced on Monday to 20 years in prison. Nicholas C. Morris, 35, earlier pleaded guilty in Cass County District Court to one count of accomplice to murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault stemming from the incident that happened May 17, 2015, outside of Rick's Bar, 2721 Main Ave.
FARGO—Texting to 911 is now available across North Dakota. While the feature will be important to the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities, as well as to anyone who cannot safely phone 911, officials stressed that calling 911 remains the best option whenever possible. "Call when you can, text when you can't," said Brent Nelson, president of the ND 911 Association. He was in Fargo Thursday, Oct. 6, to spread the word about the new feature. To text a 911 message, a person types "911" in the "to:" line of a text message screen.
FARGO—A new initiative will allow veterans seeking health care through the Veterans Choice Program to coordinate all of their needs through the Fargo VA Medical Center. The Veterans Care Coordination Program was unveiled Tuesday, Oct. 4, by U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, who made a stop in Fargo to highlight the pilot initiative, which he had pushed for along with fellow U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.
FARGO—In a hearing filled with dramatic pauses and unspoken emotions, Jason Oien pleaded guilty Tuesday, Sept. 27, to a manslaughter charge in the fatal beating of Joey Gaarsland last year outside a Fargo bar. The plea came just as Oien was to stand trial on one count of murder and three counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault in the beating death of Gaarsland outside of Rick's Bar in the early morning hours of May 17, 2015.
FARGO—A man accused of raping and murdering a Fargo woman entered not guilty pleas during a hearing in Cass County District Court on Thursday, Sept. 22. Landon Lauwagie, 23, is accused in court documents of asphyxiating Cory Terlecky, 40, while he sexually assaulted her on May 14 Police discovered Terlecky's body at her apartment on May 15. Blood and other evidence suggested she was killed in her home, court documents state.
FARGO—A Fargo man accused of sexually assaulting a Mapleton, N.D., store clerk in December briefly appeared in Cass County District Court on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Abdulrahman I. Ali, 36, appeared before Judge Tom Olson, who scheduled a preliminary hearing for Ali on Oct. 20. As the hearing was wrapping up, Ali spoke to the judge through an interpreter, stating he was having problems at the jail, particularly getting some prescription medicine. Olson told Ali to confer with his attorney, Stormy Vickers, regarding any problems he was having at the jail.
VALLEY CITY, N.D.—Valley City is conducting a special election Sept. 15 to decide who will fill the position of president of the City Commission, also known as the mayor's job. The spot has been vacant since Bob Werkoven retired in May at the age of 85. What won't be on the ballot is a measure that would dissolve the Valley City Police Department and hand over those duties to the Barnes County Sheriff's Office.
FARGO—A Cass County District Court jury is deliberating the case of a Fargo youth accused of attempting to kidnap a woman in the West Acres mall parking lot. The trial of Abdirahman P. Sahel, 17, wrapped up Thursday, Sept. 1, with jurors getting the case about 2:30 p.m. Deliberations halted for the day about two hours later. Jurors are to resume deliberations Friday morning, Sept. 2.