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MOORHEAD, Minn. — The final report on the crash of a vintage aircraft that killed Breckenridge, Minn., farmer and pilot Mark Yaggie in July indicates the plane was in obvious distress when it went down near here, but an examination of the engine later found no visible signs of failure. The report from the National Transportation Safety Board said Yaggie died of "multiple traumatic injuries" and that the only substance found in his body during an autopsy was diphenhydramine, an antihistamine used for allergy-type symptoms or for motion sickness.
FARGO—With bodies wiggling and medals clanking, they sat cross-legged on the gym floor of Horace Mann Elementary School, waiting for fellow Cub Scouts to be called up. After each new scout received their Bobcat badge, they navigated through two rows of high-fiving boys as an official welcome to Pack 201. Among them—two girls—a sign of an impending move by Boy Scouts of America to allow girls in their ranks starting next fall.
FARGO—A semi-pro football team here is heading up a local fund drive to help victims of the devastating wildfires in northern California. Several players and the vice president of the Fargo Invaders Football Club have family and friends in the Santa Rosa area who've been evacuated from their homes due to the fires. The aim is to collect cash, which can be distributed as debit or gift cards to victims for their immediate needs. Trevor Taylor, 24, who plays quarterback for the Invaders, is originally from Ukiah, Calif.
FARGO — When Blaize Shiek was in middle school, he was ready to leave the house one morning dressed in sweatpants and cowboy boots. His mother Becky tried to convince him the two didn't go together, but he was undeterred, never a kid to be concerned with what people thought about him, she said. But once attending Fargo South High School, when Blaize said he might try out for the Bruinkix Dance Team, she was terrified for him. "He was made fun of before he started dance, so I thought, 'Is it going to get worse?'" she said.
FARGO—A Fargo man has filed a report with Fargo Police after he said he found a swastika and obscenities painted all over his car. Joe Andrade said he had just left his job at Scheel's Arena around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, when he noticed the black spray paint. "I was kind of speechless," Andrade said. Andrade is married and has teenagers in high school. His daughter Brianna also drives the car and was in disbelief when she learned it had been vandalized. "Then I shined my phone on the car and I just started bawling my eyes out. Why me?" she said.
FARGO—The father of a teenager who died in a North Dakota State University residence hall last month has released his son's cause of death to ease any fears on campus and reassure the friends his son was visiting when he died. Tom Delaney, of Savage, Minn., posted the information on his Facebook page and spoke with The Forum about what he learned from his son's autopsy results. He said they indicate Devin Delaney, 17, died of natural causes.
FARGO – Fargo police arrested two men as part of a two-day sting aimed at people seeking sex with underage girls. It was a lower number than expected due to what a sergeant described as heavy competition from other online sex ads this week. Fargo Police Sgt. Junell Krabbenhoft said the sting on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 12 and 13, coincided with the annual Big Iron Farm Show at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo. Krabbenhoft said it did not specifically target Big Iron, but was done this week because of its large crowds.
FARGO—People involved in the local pageant community say the crowning of a woman from North Dakota as Miss America has been a long, long time coming. Cara Mund, a 23-year-old Bismarck native, became the first-ever Miss North Dakota to win the prestigious Miss America title at the pageant Sunday night, Sept. 10, in Atlantic City, N.J. North Dakota has sent contestants to the Miss America pageant for 70 years and only three have made it to the top 10, most recently Roxana Saberi in 1997.
FARGO—The unfathomable appears to be moving toward grim reality in the case of a pregnant woman missing for more than a week. With the Thursday discovery of a healthy newborn in a northside apartment building here, the arrests of two people suspected of kidnapping the child and no trace of the baby's mother, police are considering all possibilities. Among them, that Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind of Fargo, 22 years old and eight months pregnant, was taken against her will for the purpose of stealing her baby.
FARGO—A Fargo "pro-white" activist now says he has a specific date and place in mind for a rally to advance "pro-white" issues. Peter Tefft, 30, of Fargo, is considering the evening of Saturday, Oct. 14, for the rally he hopes to hold in the public square between the Fargo Public Library and the Civic Center downtown. He said Friday he expects a crowd of around 200 to 300 people. Tefft attended the "Unite the Right" rally that got out of hand last weekend in Charlottesville, Va.