Ryan Johnson has been a reporter for The Forum since 2012 and previously wrote for the Grand Forks Herald.
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BISMARCK — Tourism might conjure images of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota, but that's not the only thing bringing people here — and all together, it's adding up to big business. A new research study commissioned by North Dakota Tourism found 21.9 million people visited the state in 2015 and spent $3.1 billion. That's equivalent to everyone from Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Wyoming visiting the Peace Garden State, according to Philadelphia-based firm Tourism Economics that conducted the study.
FARGO—Brittany Kleint had an idea of how the birth of her son would go on his Jan. 16 due date, but it wasn't supposed to turn out like this on Christmas Day. Kleint, 24, and her fiance, Jesse Beska, 32, went to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks on Christmas morning with bad contractions, and she soon gave birth to Silas Beska—who was born fighting for his life because he wasn't breathing and didn't have a heartbeat.
BISMARCK — Imposter scams and identity theft were the top consumer complaints in North Dakota in 2016, but those weren't the only problems residents reported during the year. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem announced on Friday, Dec. 30, the top 10 consumer complaints of the year, as well as some tips to not become a victim of a scam.
HAWLEY, Minn. — Jane Anderson could've bought a new pickup, but she had another bright idea for what to buy with that money — 72 solar panels that could make enough electricity to offset her home and business power needs. Anderson, owner of The Groom Room dog boarding and grooming business east of Hawley, said she's always been curious about solar but assumed it was unaffordable.
FARGO -- Voters on Tuesday, Nov. 8, rejected the first increase to North Dakota’s tobacco tax since 1993. Measure 4 aimed to raise taxes from 44 cents to $2.20 per...
FARGO—A proposed increase in the state's tobacco tax could bring in $70 million each year, but that isn't why proponents put it on the ballot. Measure 4 would raise taxes from 44 cents to $2.20 per pack of cigarettes and boost the wholesale price tax on cigars and tobacco products from 28 to 56 percent. The idea was pitched to legislators in 2015 to lower the youth smoking rate by about 20 percent, Eric Johnson said.
CANNON BALL—Legendary singer-songwriter Neil Young has released a new song and video siding with Dakota Access Pipeline protesters near Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The 71-year-old posted "Indian Givers" to Facebook last Friday, Sept. 16, where it quickly amassed views but also prompted some comments about his use of the word "squaw." Young released a new version of the video two days later, replacing the word with "beautiful." The latest video had more than 400,000 views on Facebook by the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 20, and another 27,000 views on YouTube.
FARGO -- After several revisions and six years of work, a film co-written by North Dakota native Robert Morast is hitting the big screen. "The Girl in the Photographs" comes...
FARGO -- Fargo’s low unemployment rate and short commutes helped make the city No. 1 on a new list of American college towns. The Schools.com rankings of small college towns...
FARGO -- Anders Lien loved "Deadpool," but the 6-year-old didn't care for the sadness in Disney movie "The Little Mermaid." Becca Henninger's two teenage daughters went to "Deadpool," which posted...