Forum staff reports
FARGO—To watch all the election results live from the North Dakota Secretary of State's website, click here.
VALLEY CITY, N.D.—Leo Hecker was presented with the community service award on Saturday, June 2, from the Dacotah Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Hecker was presented the award at Sheyenne Care Center in Valley City, which is where he lives. He has made over 1 million red crepe paper poppies for the American Legion Auxiliary to commemorate Memorial Day. Hecker is one of only two people throughout the state that makes the poppies.
WEST FARGO—A routine traffic stop on Interstate 94 turned into a sizable drug bust, with more than 100 pounds of marijuana found in a vehicle on Wednesday, May 30, according to North Dakota Highway Patrol Lt. Troy Hischer. Steven Shipe, 33, of Eureka, California, was driving a vehicle that was stopped near West Fargo for an equipment violation, Hischer said. A West Fargo police dog was brought to the scene, and the dog signalled the presence of drugs in the vehicle. A search then found the marijuana, the patrol said.
WILLISTON, N.D. — A 29-year-old Tioga, N.D., woman was killed Friday morning, May 18, when her vehicle ran into a disabled semi along U.S. Highway 2. The North Dakota Highway Patrol said the crash happened just after 5 a.m. Friday on Highway 2 about 10 miles northeast of Williston.
FARGO — A former Catholic priest pleaded guilty on Thursday, May 17, to two felony counts of gross sexual imposition stemming from accusations that he sexually abused two boys in the 1990s while assigned to churches in Fargo and West Fargo. Fernando Sayasaya changed his plea on the two counts during a Thursday afternoon dispositional conference, according to court documents. He previously pleaded not guilty to the charges, both Class B felonies, at a Feb. 14 hearing.
BISMARCK — The state-owned Bank of North Dakota recorded its 14th consecutive year of record profits in 2017, with $145.3 million in net earnings, the bank reported this week in its annual report to the state Industrial Commission. Total assets decreased slightly from $7.3 billion in 2016 to $7 billion. BND ended the year with capital of $825 million. The state's return on its investment at the bank was a healthy 17 percent.
FARGO—Sanford Health and Essentia Health have been recognized for providing comprehensive stroke treatment, although by different accreditation organizations. Sanford Health has been recognized as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, which Sanford said signifies that Sanford Fargo meets the standards to treat the most complex stroke cases.
FARGO — A Delta flight headed from Minneapolis to Anchorage, Alaska, made an emergency landing at Fargo's Hector International Airport on Thursday, April 12, after reports of smoke in the cockpit. The flight departed Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport at 5:55 p.m. and was carrying 189 passengers, according to Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of Fargo's Municipal Airport Authority. The Delta plane was flying over the Bismarck area when it was forced to turn around and fly to Fargo, Dobberstein said.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — When an Oregon couple became suspicious about a North Dakota woman who promised to procure a Native American baby for them to adopt, the woman invoked the name of murdered pregnant Fargo woman Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind to buy more time. Now that woman has been charged with theft for allegedly scamming the couple out of $1,800 in adoption fees.
Tommy Fisher, president of Fisher Sand & Gravel Co., of Dickinson, N.D., will be making an appearance on AM 970 WDAY's "The Jay Thomas Show" Thursday, April 4, at approximately 3:05 p.m. Fisher Sand & Gravel Co. was one of the companies that was awarded a contract to build a prototype for the wall along the southern border between Mexico and the United States. Fisher will talk about new information on what all the border wall will offer as far as security and high-tech technology, as well as how much the border wall will cost.