Ryan Johnson has been a Forum reporter since 2012 and previously wrote for the Grand Forks Herald.
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FARGO—A Catholic priest who faced groping allegations last year has been assigned to a Fargo convent. Paul Braun, a Fargo Diocese spokesman, said Father Thomas Feltman is in "good standing" with the diocese. "Fr. Feltman has been cleared for priestly ministry at the conclusion of our internal investigation," Braun said Tuesday, Feb. 20, in a written statement.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A former Fargo resident is suing officials in her home state of Alabama, alleging discrimination against transgender people. Darcy Jeda Corbitt, 25, is one of three plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday, Feb. 6. Corbitt v. Taylor is backed by the American Civil Liberties Union, and claims Alabama's requirements for changing the gender designation on driver's licenses makes it difficult or impossible for transgender people.
WISHEK, N.D. — A mother of two elementary students here has filed a lawsuit alleging school officials are infringing upon her right to parent by restricting her access to school property and events. Katie Pinke's lawsuit, filed in federal court on Monday, Feb. 5, claims the Wishek School Board's unanimous vote Nov. 13 to require her to notify and get approval from Superintendent Shawn Kuntz before visiting school property was retaliation for her complaints about how school officials handled an incident in which a student brought a gun to Wishek Elementary School.
FARGO – He’s all but off the market, ladies. Carson Wentz, perhaps the most famous North Dakotan of the moment after the Eagles’ Super Bowl win last weekend, is engaged.
FARGO — He's all but off the market, ladies. Carson Wentz, perhaps the most famous North Dakotan of the moment after the Philadelphia Eagles' Super Bowl win last weekend, is engaged. The former North Dakota State University star quarterback and current Eagles quarterback posted four photos to his Twitter account Tuesday, Feb. 6, showing him on bended knee successfully proposing to his girlfriend on a rooftop.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Chalk it up to a case of mistaken identity. That's what Sturgis, S.D., police confirmed Thursday, Jan. 25, ending speculation that a former Moorhead resident accused of killing cats asked about adopting pets from an animal shelter there. Chief Geody VanDewater said he got new information Thursday, Jan. 25, from Jalan Isaac Greer's probation officer in Moorhead.
MOORHEAD — A former postal carrier was sentenced to 30 days of home monitoring and three years of supervised probation Monday, Jan. 22, for charges stemming from claims she stole a gift card, cash and check from mail on her route. Sarah Elizabeth Shanebeck, 31, of Fargo, was also ordered to pay a fee of $1,000 and restitution of $86 at the sentencing hearing in Clay County District Court.
WEST FARGO, N.D. — Mark Berntson got to be creative when his new house was being built here in 2000. "I thought, 'Oh my gosh, I can paint my walls and I can do whatever I want. And what do I really care about? I really care about the Vikings,' " he said, explaining why nearly every surface in his bedroom is purple and gold. That includes a painted Vikings team name that covers three walls, not to mention a Vikings lamp, chair and framed game-used jersey. He's single, so there wasn't a spouse around to tell him no, he said.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Wayne Sander said things seemed busy at the Sam's Club in Moorhead since he got a job in the photo department just after Thanksgiving. That's why it came as a "complete shock" Thursday morning, Jan. 11, when he arrived for a 9 a.m. shift only to be told he and all other employees here will soon lose their jobs when the store closes.
FARGO—North Dakota State Forester Larry Kotchman announced Monday, Jan. 8, that six new champion trees, a new second place tree and a change of ownership for a champion tree were added to the 2017 North Dakota Register of Champion Trees. That list is updated annually to log the largest examples of each species in the state based on a score that factors in circumference, height and crown spread.