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David Olson


I'm a reporter and a photographer and sometimes I create videos to go with my stories.

I graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead and in my time with The Forum I have covered a number of beats, from cops and courts to business and education.

I've also written about UFOs, ghosts, dinosaur bones and the planet Pluto.

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"A rail strike would be extremely disruptive to the North Dakota grower harvest, which is just around the corner for corn," according to Brenda Elmer, executive director of the North Dakota Corn Growers Association.
A WSI employee noticed unusual activity on their computer after opening an email attachment and reported the incident to the WSI Help Desk.
At Friday's hearing, attorneys representing the Red River Women's Clinic told Judge Bruce Romanick that North Dakota's trigger law violates the state's constitution and if allowed to stand would bring an end to 50 years of abortion access.
A jury convicted Chad Isaak of killing four people at RJR Maintenance and Management in Mandan in 2019. A judge sentenced him to life in prison with no chance of parole.
The move comes in the wake of a 7-2 decision by the Fargo School Board last week to rescind an earlier decision requiring that the Pledge of Allegiance be recited at the start of each board meeting.
"On the whole, guardians are doing work after meeting rigorous requirements and standards and are answerable not just to those agencies that certify and accredit, but to each other as well," said Margot Haut, president of the Guardianship Association of North Dakota and director of Gaurdian Angels Inc., a guardianship and conservatorship service in Jamestown.
A number of the unit's members remained in the Washington, D.C., area to assist the next rotation of Guard members heading to the nation's capital as part of Operation Noble Eagle, an enduring mission that has been ongoing since 9/11, Baneck said.
The new three-digit dialing code streamlines access to mental health crisis support and is part of a nationwide effort to transition the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to a phone number people can more easily remember and access in times of crisis.
Former Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat from North Dakota, said Gigi Sohn's criticism of expanded broadband access in rural areas is "far less than what rural Americans need or deserve."
Cody Cashman, CEO of the Red River Valley Fair, said he has heard no feedback this summer, positive or negative, regarding the tents selling Trump-related items, though he said last year he heard from two people who were upset with the presence of such stands. He said he told one of them that at the fair everyone has freedom of speech and that as long as people are cordial and having a good time, "you don't have to look at it, you don't have to go buy it."