Wendy reports for The Forum and West Fargo Pioneer, where she is also assistant editor. A University of Minnesota Morris graduate from North Dakota, Wendy started her career in television news and entertainment in Minnesota and at CBS in Television City, Calif. before working at newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota.
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WEST FARGO — After a study found North Dakota has the fastest growing rate of death by suicide in the nation, groups are coming together to strategize on how to reduce that growing number. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., hosted the Summit to Stop Suicide on Monday, Sept. 10, in which she invited 11 speakers from national and state organizations that deal with suicide and mental health to speak about what can be done to prevent a leading cause of death for 15 to 34 year olds in North Dakota.
FARGO — In less than an hour, Dr. Drew Pinsky touched on addiction, trauma, brain science and faith-based programs, among other topics under the mental health umbrella, to kick off the North Dakota Behavioral Health Conference on Thursday, Sept. 6. Pinsky, known for his reality TV show "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew," gave the keynote address at the two-day conference. The conference traditionally draws about 200 to 300 people, but this year attendees topped 500, said Gov. Doug Burgum who introduced Pinsky.
FARGO—A former West Fargo middle school teacher accused of sharing illicit photos and videos with students and having sexual contact with two of them, pleaded guilty to six of eight charges against her on Monday, Aug. 27. Shannon Moser, 37, was charged in Cass County District Court with two charges of using a minor in a sexual performance involving two students, one of whom she is accused of having illegal sexual contact with per a sexual assault charge.
FARGO—A former West Fargo middle school teacher who was initially accused of sharing illicit videos with two students and having sex with one of them now faces new charges alleging four additional victims. Shannon Moser was charged in Cass County District Court on July 20 with two counts of using a minor in a sexual performance, both Class A felonies, and one count of sexual assault, a Class C felony. Those charges relate to two alleged victims. On Friday, Aug. 3, prosecutors amended the complaint against Moser to allege that four additional victims were involved.
FARGO — One of the world's largest technology companies is partnering with the future of agriculture in an educational initiative that will bring the two industries together. Microsoft has joined the National FFA organization to create the Blue 365 initiative, a program that will be kicked off at FFA's national convention in Indianapolis Oct. 27-28.
FARGO – As police followed tips that Shannon Moser, a West Fargo middle school teacher, was sharing illicit videos with students, including some of her and her husband having sex, she resigned from her post on July 12. A day later, Moser’s husband, Brett, was placed on administrative leave from his job as a preacher at River City Church in Fargo. A week after that, Moser was charged in Cass County District Court with two counts of using a minor in a sexual performance, Class A felonies, and one count of sexual assault, a Class C felony, on Friday, July 20.
WEST FARGO – A former middle school teacher is facing three felony charges after allegedly sharing hundreds of sexually explicit Snapchat videos and photos with two male students and having sex with one along a gravel road.
FARGO — Fargo School District officials are trying to dispel misconceptions about plans for a small elementary school for students with severe behavioral needs after the School Board voted to remodel a space to accommodate the school despite concerns from parents and staff. Superintendent Jeff Schatz says the new school, which would be in the Agassiz School in south Fargo, is meant to be temporary for students, and they would eventually be transitioned back to their neighborhood schools.
WEST FARGO—Lester Hazer, 105, danced through life. On Sunday, May 6, Hazer danced on his way to death. From his bed, he moved his arms and legs along to the polka music his family turned on. A short time later, he closed his eyes to sleep for the last time. Hazer, who founded Hazer's Auto & Truck Parts in West Fargo, was known to never give up on what he wanted. Although he passed the business on to his son, Duane, and grandson, Daniel, Hazer continued to work at the shop past age 100. "Even up to the end, his mind was very, very clear," said his son, Duane Hazer.
WEST FARGO—The Fargo and West Fargo public school districts plan to join forces to create a small unified school specially designed to help kindergarten and elementary-age students with severe behavioral problems. If the plan comes together for next fall, it will be the first such school in North Dakota. School districts around the country are seeing an increase in student behavioral problems that often disrupt classrooms and sometimes lead to staff injuries.