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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WASHINGTON — Nearly 100 people from the Fargo-Moorhead area, including 39 Fargo police staff, will travel to Washington this weekend for an annual national ceremony honoring officers who died in the line of duty, a solemn list that this year will include Fargo Office Jason Moszer. "We're going out there to honor Jason as well as all the others that lost their lives last year," Fargo Deputy Chief Todd Osmundson said. "We will never forget."
WEST FARGO—The West Fargo special education teacher who was under investigation for inappropriate Twitter posts she made about her job and students has resigned. The school announced Wednesday, April 12, that Sheridan Tihista, a special education teacher at Liberty Middle School, had resigned.
FARGO—Officials gambled that fans and bettors would return for live horse racing at the North Dakota Horse Park here after a year hiatus and it looks to have paid off. Wagering dollars and attendance at the six-day meet in July narrowly fell shy of the record-setting 2014 meet, the last time horse racing was held at the park, General Manager Mike Schmitz said Friday, Aug. 5.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Horse Racing Commission has approved funding for racing to return to Fargo on July 16 and 17, 23 and 24, and 30 and 31.
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 is still investigating the matter and will soon decide if a female juror in the Aaron Knodel teacher sex case trial committed a crime by not disclosing during jury selection questioning that she had been a victim of sexual assault. “We haven’t finalized that,” Burdick said Friday. “I have a couple more things I want to check into.”
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.