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David Olson


I'm a reporter and a photographer and sometimes I create videos to go with my stories.

I graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead and in my time with The Forum I have covered a number of beats, from cops and courts to business and education.

I've also written about UFOs, ghosts, dinosaur bones and the planet Pluto.

You may reach me by phone at 701-241-5555, or by email at

"It's not fair when you have limited income and you have to choose between gas money and food for the week. Having a polling site that is local, that people can walk to, like there have been in the past, does certainly make a difference," said Nicole Donaghy, executive director of North Dakota Native Vote.
WDAY Chief Meteorologist John Wheeler said that had such conditions existed in June and July "it would have been tragic" for crops in the region. But coming at this point in the fall, negative impacts have been greatly reduced, said Wheeler, who added that one thing gardeners may want to do is provide young trees with a hardy watering before things freeze up.
Randall Phelan took part in a bribery scheme with co-conspirators from about 2013 through mid-2020, during which time he used his position with the Three Affiliated Tribes Tribal Business Council to obtain construction contracts for a contractor, according to court documents.
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An investigation determined that the driver's phone records showed that he ended a phone conversation 10 seconds before the crash and that he accessed a Snapchat application on his phone 5 seconds before the crash, according to court documents filed in Cass County District Court.
Terry Roe, who worked as operations manager at Dakota Outerwear Co. in Minot, was accused in a federal indictment in 2020 of selling counterfeit clothing and other goods to military and government purchasers.
A number of North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board members said they found aspects of a recent survey encouraging, particularly in light of a survey recently unveiled by North Dakota United, a teacher's union, which indicated many teachers in the state are considering leaving the profession.
North Dakota's high court says ruling made by Burleigh County District Judge Bruce Romanick to temporarily block the state's abortion ban "was a clear error of law."
When asked what contributed to teachers thinking about leaving the profession, 47% cited political discourse as a significant reason, and another 31% said it played some part.
According to the new report, higher wages and salaries have resulted in higher household and family incomes across North Dakota; but despite the rise in incomes, there has been little overall change in the number of moderate-income households.
About 20,600 fentanyl pills were seized in the raid on the Bismarck home of David D. Rogers, with the pills having an estimated street value of about $927,000, according to court documents.