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By Jennifer Johnson Forum News Service GRAND FORKS — Several Lake Agassiz Elementary students sat quietly on stage Tuesday inside the Empire Arts Center in Grand Forks as the state’s highest education official read a story about Charlie, a ranch dog, and his friend, Suzie. “Suzie, unfortunately, doesn’t have the paws I have, or the droopy eyes, or the floppy skin,” Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said. Although adults in the audience may not have found the story that interesting, the fourth-graders clearly paid attention — and they could prove it. Baesler quizzed them afterward on the basi
By Jeff Kolpack Forum News Service FARGO — North Dakota State men’s basketball coach Saul Phillips likens the wait for the first game to taking his large dog for a walk. When it starts to run after a squirrel, there is no stopping both owner and pet. Tonight, the Bison players finally get to stop chasing each other and get the chance to try it on somebody else. In this case, it’s Concordia College in a 7 p.m. exhibition game at the Bison Sports Arena. The Bison women get the same opportunity with a 5 p.m.
By Brandi Jewett Forum News Service GRAND FORKS — Health insurance providers in North Dakota are slimming down some of their plan offerings to meet state benchmarks, but the cost of insurance doesn’t seem to be decreasing for everyone with the reduction in options. Blue Cross Blue Shield and Medica are reducing their offerings of insurance plans, but raising premiums to cover costs associated with changes established by the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare. “Changes in premiums for health insurance will vary, depending on a person’s situation,” Blue Cross spokeswoman And
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By Erik Burgess Forum News Service FARGO — City commissioners here unanimously showed their support Monday for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents. But at the same time, they realized that without support from state lawmakers, Fargo cannot easily enact laws that prevent housing discrimination against LGBT residents. At the urging of Commissioner Melissa Sobolik, the City Commission passed by a vote of 5-0 a resolution that states the city of Fargo “encourages tolerance and acceptance of all citizens, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.” The
By Dave Kolpack Associated Press FARGO — Officials who are working to provide Internet service in rural areas of North Dakota say they are trying to fulfill the need for speed. Jasper Schneider, state director for the Agriculture Department’s rural development agency, which manages a broadband grant program, said the focus is changing from just getting rural residents connected to getting them high-speed fiber-optic service. “We’ve moved past the point of just having connectivity. We’re living in a data rich environment with streaming video and enriched websites,” Schneider said Monday.
FARGO (AP) — A man convicted of killing two children on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation in North Dakota claims in court documents that he was not mentally fit to stand trial and says he wants to be released from prison. A jury in September found Valentino “Tino” Bagola, 22, guilty of two counts of felony murder for the May 2011 slayings of 9-year-old Destiny Jane Shaw-Dubois and her 6-year-old brother, Travis Lee DuBois Jr., in St. Michael. Prosecutors said Bagola stabbed the children to death after he sexually assaulted the girl.
DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — Southwestern North Dakota could be in store for up to half a foot of snow. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the Dickinson region from Monday afternoon into Tuesday morning. Forecasters say 4-6 inches of snow is possible, along with wind gusts up to 30 mph. The weather service said the conditions could make travel hazardous.
DICKINSON, N.D. — A Dickinson man was sentenced Monday to five years in prison, with another 10 suspended, for the June 2012 assault on his then-girlfriend. Matthew Foxworthy, 24, will get credit for the year and a half he has served at the Southwest Multi-County Correctional Center. He pleaded guilty earlier this year to the two separate aggravated assault charges, the second being for assaulting a man that tried to defend victim Brenna Fahey. She and her mother both testified in favor of a tough sentence. Karen Fahey testified on the extent of emotional damage to the entire family.
WILLMAR, Minn. — Students on a Willmar school bus escaped injury Monday afternoon when the bus they were riding home from school was involved in a four-vehicle crash. The accident happened about 3:20 p.m. on 19th Avenue. The Willmar Police Department said the accident happened while a bus, driven by Douglas C. Dodge, 67, of Willmar, had its amber lights activated and was coming to a stop. A second vehicle, a 2003 Ford Ranger driven by William P. Flickinger, 25 of St.