Forum staff reports
FARGO — Airbnb has reached a tax agreement with the state of North Dakota. The company, which runs an online marketplace for short-term housing rentals, will start collecting and remitting the 5 percent state sales tax on behalf of its hosts and guests beginning April 1, Airbnb said in a news release.
FARGO — The U.S. Senate passed legislation to rename the Red River Valley Agricultural Research Center here as the Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center. The legislation, introduced by Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., previously passed the House and passed the Senate on Thursday, March 15, said Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.
FARGO—In the past two years, more than 3,800 North Dakota students have earned more than 10,500 hours of college credit, which represents about $3 million in tuition savings. Now, a new program will allow even more high school students in the state—specifically those from rural areas—to take Advanced Placement courses next school year.
FARGO — Authorities have identified a homicide victim whose body was discovered Friday morning, March 2, in a north Fargo apartment. The victim was Jarryd George Heis, 32, of Fargo, city police said in a news release Saturday, March 3. Chief David Todd said Friday that a suspect, 29-year-old Daniel Benjamin Habiger of Fargo, was arrested in connection with the homicide. About 6:20 a.m. Friday, Habiger called an emergency dispatcher and said he was involved in a "physical altercation" that resulted in a man's death, Todd said.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—As North Dakota State's Summit League women's basketball drought continues, it is just beginning for South Dakota State freshman Tylee Irwin. Playing in her first Summit League Tournament game Saturday, March 3, Irwin came off the bench and scored 12 points—igniting a game-deciding rally in the second quarter—to lift perennial power SDSU to an 87-62 quarterfinal win over NDSU at the Denny Sanford Premier Center. Irwin, a 6-foot freshman guard from Wahpeton, N.D., was playing in front of a lot of family and former high school teammates.
WEST FARGO — The company that owns a fuel terminal here has identified the cause of a fire that burned on the outside of a massive fuel tank and spewed a cloud of hazardous smoke for about seven hours on Sunday, Feb. 18. A mechanical failure of a tank pump caused the fire, and 638 barrels of diesel fuel spilled from the tank, according to Bruce Heine, a spokesman for Magellan Midstream Partners. "The associated tank, pump, and equipment have been safely isolated, and repairs are in progress," Heine said in an email Friday, Feb. 23.
FARGO — Sen. John Hoeven is backing former North Dakota Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley to serve as the state's U.S. Attorney. Hoeven spokesman Alex Finken confirmed Thursday, Feb. 22, that the Republican senator is encouraging President Donald Trump to nominate Wrigley. U.S. attorneys are appointed by the president, subject to Senate confirmation. North Dakota's current U.S. attorney, Chris Myers, has been in the role since 2015.
WASHINGTON D.C. - Super Bowl Champion and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was a guest speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast dinner Thursday, Feb. 8, in Washington, D.C. Wentz was named as the keynote speaker, replacing Vice President Mike Pence who was at the Olympic opening ceremonies in Pyeongchang, South Korea. North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer told The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead that Wentz’s speech to the 2,500 people attending the dinner was "remarkable." “He absolutely touched every heart in this place tonight,” Cramer said.
OKLEE, Minn. — Two snowmobile crashes were reported Saturday, Jan. 27, during the first day of a two-day race through two northwestern Minnesota counties. The Red Lake County Sheriff's Office reported two snowmobile crashes happened between 11 a.m. and noon Saturday within 1 mile of each other. Authorities said one of the drivers was taken by ambulance to a hospital. It was unknown Saturday if the driver in the other accident was injured. No other details, including the conditions of either driver, were reported Saturday.
MOORHEAD — A 26-year-old Moorhead man was being held Saturday, Jan. 27, in Cass County Jail after he allegedly stole a vehicle from an acquaintance and led police on an early morning chase through Moorhead and Fargo. The city reported that a Moorhead Police officer stopped a vehicle at 12:11 a.m. Saturday near Romkey Park, 900 19th St. S. The officer identified the driver and passenger and returned to his squad car to check their driving status and warrants, discovering the passenger had an outstanding warrant for gross misdemeanor DWI.