Matthew Von Pinnon
Von Pinnon is editor of The Forum.
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PHILADELPHIA - President Obama mentioned North Dakota-born Eagles quaterback Carson Wentz while speaking in Philadelphia Tuesday, Sept. 13. "Joe Biden told me, 'Barack, you gotta get on the Wentz Wagon.' I said I am a Bears fan," the president said on a speech carried live on multiple national news outlets. Laughter and boos ensued, given the support for the rookie NFL quarterback who hails from Bismarck, N.D., and played college football at North Dakota State University.
WEST FARGO -- Fourteen years ago, Lynne and Curtis Olien's 5-year-old son Nathan died after an excruciating battle with an inherited and fatal neurological disorder known as Batten disease.
FARGO -- When I was a tot growing up in Moorhead, Minn., in the 1970s, a Forum newspaper photographer snapped a photo of me and my friends pushing toy dump-trucks up a mound of dirt alongside our driveway. The photo ran in the newspaper the next day but a clipping of that picture stayed on our home’s refrigerator for months, maybe years. It was a more innocent time, to be sure. I don’t remember our parents ever even knowing where we were most of the time, but they probably did.
By Matthew Von Pinnon / Forum News Service Is it ever justifiable for a journalist to break the law in pursuit of news? That’s the question many area journalists and non-journalists are asking themselves following a Fargo TV station’s actions last week. To illustrate how easy it is for outsiders to enter and reach students inside Fargo-Moorhead area schools, a local TV reporter, using a hidden camera, walked through three elementary schools, having ignored posted signs directing visitors report to school offices. Unlike a visitor who might have missed the signs and acc
High school might just be harder today. Not necessarily on the academics side. That's still up for debate. But on the social side, no doubt. Sure, kids have always been bullied and teased, beat up and rumored to have done this and that. That's part of growing up, hardening our innocent selves in preparation for the hard truths of the world in which we live. But social media has really upped the ante. No longer is teasing and rumor-mongering confined to word of mouth or bathroom stalls.