Wendy reports for The Forum and West Fargo Pioneer, where she is also assistant editor. A University of Minnesota Morris graduate from North Dakota, Wendy started her career in television news and entertainment in Minnesota and and at CBS Television City, Calif. before working at newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota.
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FARGO—Some in law enforcement are dubious about the effectiveness of outlawing driving at a lower level of intoxication, as federal safety officials have suggested. Lowering the legal threshold for drunken driving to a blood alcohol content of 0.05 percent from a BAC of 0.08 percent is one of the 2016 priorities for the National Transportation Safety Board, an initiative aimed at changing the culture of drinking and subsequently cutting down on fatal and serious crashes. The NTSB has urged states to drop to a 0.05 percent BAC standard since 2013.
FARGO—A juror whose actions disrupted the area’s highest-profile trial last spring could still be charged with a crime, Cass County State’s Attorney Birch Burdick said late last week. His office...
WEST FARGO, N.D.—State health officials could not pinpoint the source of an E. coli outbreak linked to the Red River Valley Fair in July, but they did find that more than 60 people got sick, including a toddler whose mother is now planning a lawsuit. The state Department of Health recently wrapped up its investigation of an E. coli outbreak at the fair. Sixty-four cases of infection were found, but only five were confirmed as E. coli; the rest are considered probable cases.
WEST FARGO, N.D. -- Police continue to investigate the June 2 death of 6-month-old Owen Skodje after a final autopsy report from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Officer failed to answer their question about when Owen was fatally injured. Officers are interviewing anyone who had contact with the boy before his death. "We're going to continue to investigate until all leads are exhausted," said West Fargo Police Chief Michael Reitan. Owen, the son of Casey Skodje and Kristin Hunstad of Fargo, was found unresponsive at an unlicensed West Fargo day care about 1 p.m. June 1.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the death of 6-month-old Owen Skodje of Fargo a homicide. Skodje died after police and ambulance crews were called to an unlicensed day care in West Fargo, N.D., about 1 p.m. June 1 for an unresponsive baby. Skodje was flown to the Children's Hospital in Minneapolis where he died at 3:19 p.m. June 2.
WEST FARGO, N.D.—Police say there is no new information to report in the death investigation of 6-month-old Owen Skodje. West Fargo Detective Tim Runcorn said he is waiting for additional test results to be returned from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office. Skodje was found unresponsive and taken by ambulance from a West Fargo day care June 1.
WEST FARGO--The West Fargo School Board is doing its own investigation into whether Aaron Knodel violated any ethics policies and if he should return to his job as a high school English teacher. The 2014 North Dakota Teacher of the Year was recently acquitted of criminal charges accusing him of having a sexual relationship with a student in 2009. West Fargo Superintendent David Flowers said Monday he would present a report to the school board on July 27 about whether to take action on Knodel's position. "We respect and accept the decision of the court on those charges and consider Mr.
WEST FARGO -- After a judge on Monday dismissed the remaining two charges against Aaron Knodel, the criminal case against the 2014 North Dakota Teacher of the Year accused of having a sexual relationship with a student is over. But whether Knodel will return to teaching and his job as an English teacher in West Fargo is still unknown. When the state licensing board meets Aug. 3, it plans to discuss Knodel's license.
WEST FARGO, N.D. -- Instead of preparing for a second trial, Aaron Knodel, the teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a student, will be celebrating Father's Day with a sigh of relief. The 2014 North Dakota Teacher of the year was relieved and happy prosecutors "finally did the right thing" by filing Thursday to dismiss the remaining two charges, said defense attorney Robert Hoy, who expects the judge to rule on the dismissal before Tuesday, when a second trial was scheduled to begin. "This is indeed going to be a happy Father's Day in his household," Hoy said at a Frida
FARGO -- Prosecutors say the media, the public and even the judge caused the case against teacher Aaron Knodel to drag on. In a motion to dismiss the remaining two charges against the 2014 North Dakota Teacher of the Year accused of having sex with a former student in 2009, state Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Byers said that while concern was shown for Knodel, the court failed to take into consideration the damage caused to the alleged victim. "The young woman in this case has been treated horribly unfair by the letter-writing campaign and online bloggers," Byers wrote in the brie