Ryan Johnson has been a reporter for The Forum since 2012 and previously wrote for the Grand Forks Herald.
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FARGO—Brittany Kleint had an idea of how the birth of her son would go on his Jan. 16 due date, but it wasn't supposed to turn out like this on Christmas Day. Kleint, 24, and her fiance, Jesse Beska, 32, went to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks on Christmas morning with bad contractions, and she soon gave birth to Silas Beska—who was born fighting for his life because he wasn't breathing and didn't have a heartbeat.
BISMARCK — Imposter scams and identity theft were the top consumer complaints in North Dakota in 2016, but those weren't the only problems residents reported during the year. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem announced on Friday, Dec. 30, the top 10 consumer complaints of the year, as well as some tips to not become a victim of a scam.
FARGO -- Voters on Tuesday, Nov. 8, rejected the first increase to North Dakota’s tobacco tax since 1993. Measure 4 aimed to raise taxes from 44 cents to $2.20 per...
FARGO — Fargo’s low unemployment rate and short commutes helped make the city No. 1 on a new list of American college towns. The Schools.com rankings of small college towns...
BISMARCK — After taking a tumble in 2014, the well-being of North Dakotans is on the mend, according to new state rankings released Thursday. The latest Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index gave...
VALLEY CITY — A husband was killed and his wife was injured Sunday in an early morning house fire here. Valley City Fire Chief Gary Retterath said the fire was...
PHOTO1 PHOTO2 PHOTO3 BEDFORD, Pa.--After spending almost a day on the Pennsylvania Turnpike because of heavy snow and multiple semi accidents, a group of Fargo teens and chaperones is on their way home again. The 34 teens and six adult chaperones drove to Washington, D.C., earlier this week to attend the March for Life anti-abortion rally Friday. Their bus left Washington shortly after the rally, intending to drive through the night to get back to Fargo on Saturday.
FARGO—Jeff Rogne's latest experiment started on a bar napkin. The Fargo contractor envisioned his own icy version of "Field of Dreams" when he decided he could build a hockey rink for his 6-year-old son Dylan. "It just kind of kept going, I guess," he said. More than 10,000 gallons of water and a month of work later, Rogne's backyard off 16th Street South in Fargo was taken over by a 24-by-54-foot sheet of ice complete with plastic boards, overhead lighting and a nearby warming house that uses one of the stalls in his heated garage.
FARGO—Gail Mooney draws the line at too much skin, while Jim Haney won't do anything illegal. Kari Barchenger wouldn't work with a man who wore children's costumes. A senior portrait made headlines this week, thanks to the principal of Fargo North High School refusing to allow a photo of rifle-carrying student Josh Renville in the school's yearbook. But for photographers who shoot senior photos and other occasions, it's not unusual to have their clients push the boundaries. Kevin Taylor with Taylor Made Photography in Fargo has shot "just about everything," including senior photos
FARGO, N.D.—When John Helgeland came here in 1977 to teach at North Dakota State University, the city struck him as "folksy" in its own way. "It wouldn't be fair to say that it was exactly like the movie 'Fargo,' but it would be fair to say that it was a little bit more like that than it is now," the former religious studies professor said, referring to the Coen brothers' 1996 film. The city certainly has changed since the late 1970s, according to Helgeland, and not just with NDSU's growth to a large state university with a heavy focus on research and a shift to a more "cosmopolita