April Baumgarten / Forum News Service
KINDRED, N.D. — Marvel Von Hagen and her love of 37 years were living the good life. The 60-year-old woman built hotels for a living while her man worked as a plumber. The couple who have lived in their Kindred home for 29 years were never ones to ask for help, even after medical bills started to roll in for her back and his diagnosis of colorectal cancer. But as money became tight, she sold many of her personal belongings and watched every penny.
FARGO — Not again. Not another blizzard. Stop with the subzero temperatures. And for the love of everything that is good, please stop snowing! That may be how Midwesterners respond when they see more snow in the forecast. This winter has produced some of the coldest days and strongest storms in recent history.
COURTENAY, N.D. — On any given day, the blades of 100 wind turbines that wrap around the central North Dakota town of Courtenay rotate softly over the prairie, generating enough energy to power 105,000 homes. But when temperatures dropped below negative 20 degrees on Jan. 29, the white towers automatically came to a standstill and ceased to produce electricity. Until the air warmed up beyond that threshold, the turbines remained dormant.
FARGO — North Dakotans stand to gain thousands of jobs — and extra cash in their pockets — if the U.S. invested billions of dollars in infrastructure, according to a University of Maryland study. Households in the state could see $2,100 a year in disposable cash over the next 20 years if local, state and federal leaders allocate $737 billion across the U.S. to infrastructure needs over the next decade, according to a study commissioned by the Business Roundtable, a group of CEOs that lead major U.S. corporations. The investment also could create 5,000 jobs in North Dakota.
WISHEK, N.D. — A Fargo man who died during a December struggle with law enforcement in south-central North Dakota attacked a police officer before a sheriff’s deputy attempted to subdue him with a Taser, according to investigative reports. But the stun gun didn’t shock 40-year-old Daniel Lyndel Seminole, McIntosh County Sheriff Laura Heupel said Monday, Feb. 25. “There was Taser deployment, but there was no connection with him,” she said.
FARGO — Cities and states around the U.S. are offering incentives — including cold, hard cash — to prospective residents in an effort to attract employees in a tight workforce, but North Dakota's constitution may keep the state from doing that. There are more jobs available than there are unemployed people to fill them in the U.S. and North Dakota, a rare phenomenon for the country, Gov. Doug Burgum said.
GRAND FORKS — Altru Health System said it did not discriminate against a Scientologist doctor while he worked there, denying any claims it forced him to resign. In a court document filed last month in federal court, the Grand Forks health care provider denied any wrongdoing and allegations by Dr. Ralph Highshaw, who claims in a lawsuit Altru “engaged in unlawful employment practices,” violated his civil rights, created a hostile work environment and retaliated against him because of his religion.
EDMORE, N.D. -- A former pastor faces 10 years in prison after being accused of stealing almost $35,000 from his parish in northeast North Dakota over the past 14 years. Donald Lee Reynolds, an Edmore resident who was born in 1959, is scheduled to appear at the end of the month in Ramsey County District Court on a Class B felony charge of theft.
GRAND FORKS - Grand Forks Police have identified a man who was found dead in a vehicle Monday, Jan. 7, near Interstate 29 in north Grand Forks. Officers who were conducting a welfare check Monday night found Larry K. Haroldson, 60, had died in a Volkswagen passenger car that was sitting at 1200 N. 47th St., according to a news release. He had no permanent address, and there were no plates on the vehicle, Lt. Brett Johnson said Tuesday.
GRAND FORKS — Kelly Armstrong will have offices in Grand Forks, Fargo, Bismarck and a fourth in northwest North Dakota when he becomes the state’s lone representative in the U.S. House. Armstrong, who will take over for Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer on Jan. 3, is in the process of hiring his administration and likely will announce his staff next week, he said on Tuesday, Dec. 11. He said he is securing space in four cities in North Dakota.