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This image from surveillance footage shows Moorhead Police Officer Matthew Lambert using force on Jennifer Thomas after she spit at him in a Fargo hospital room. Special to The Forum
This image from surveillance footage shows Moorhead Police Officer Matthew Lambert using force on Jennifer Thomas after she spit at him in a Fargo hospital room. Special to The Forum

Headline story: FARGO — A woman who accused a Moorhead police officer of using excessive force when he arrested and struck her three years ago has settled her lawsuit.

U.S. Federal Judge Nancy Brasel signed an order on Aug. 20 to dismiss Jennifer Joan Thomas' civil case against Officer Matthew Jared Lambert.

The city of Moorhead and its police department were not named as defendants in the lawsuit, but the city and the Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust agreed to pay Thomas $132,500 if she agreed to dismiss the case, Jason Hiveley, an attorney who represented Lambert, said Wednesday, Sept. 15.

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Future satellite mission added to Grand Forks Air Force Base's responsibilities

A view of the visitors gate at the Grand Forks Air Force Base is shown as it stood in 2019. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald
A view of the visitors gate at the Grand Forks Air Force Base is shown as it stood in 2019. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald


FARGO — Grand Forks Air Force Base has been assigned a future satellite mission, it was announced late Friday morning.

Word first came from the offices of U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.

According to Cramer's office, the Defense Department's Space Development Agency was approved by the Air Force to operate the satellite mission out of Grand Forks Air Force base. The Space Development Agency will use GFAFB as a center to monitor and maneuver low-earth-orbit satellites.

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'Fair to poor' hunting prospects expected for upcoming North Dakota waterfowl season

Waterfowl hunters set decoys in a North Dakota wetland in this undated photo. Waterfowl hunters likely will have a tougher time of it this fall as a result of widespread drought conditions that reduced wetland abundance and, subsequently, duck production. (Contributed/ North Dakota Game and Fish Department)
Waterfowl hunters set decoys in a North Dakota wetland in this undated photo. Waterfowl hunters likely will have a tougher time of it this fall as a result of widespread drought conditions that reduced wetland abundance and, subsequently, duck production. (Contributed/ North Dakota Game and Fish Department)

GRAND FORKS -- Duck and goose hunters in North Dakota who have grown accustomed to skies full of birds over the past several years likely will have to lower their expectations this fall, a Devils Lake biologist predicts.

North Dakota’s regular waterfowl season opens Saturday, Sept. 25, for residents and Saturday, Oct. 2, for nonresidents.

“It’s going to be fair to poor,” predicts Mark Fisher, biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Devils Lake. “That’s not to say there aren’t ducks. The ducks are probably going to be associated with big water – Lake Alice National Wildlife Refuge and Devils Lake itself.”

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Pfizer/BioNTech say data show COVID-19 vaccine safe and protective in kids

A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine" sticker and a medical syringe in front of displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken, October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic
A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine" sticker and a medical syringe in front of displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken, October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Sept 20 (Reuters) — Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE said on Monday their COVID-19 vaccine induced a robust immune response in 5 to 11 year olds, and they plan to ask for regulatory authorization as soon as possible to use the shot in children in that age range in the United States, Europe and elsewhere.

The companies said their two-dose vaccine generated an immune response in the 5-to-11 year olds in a Phase II/III clinical trial that matched what was previously observed in 16-to-25 year olds. The safety profile was also generally comparable to the older age group, they added.

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Haitians turn back to Mexico as U.S. takes aim at Texas migrant camp

Migrants pray at a mass during the celebration of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees of the Catholic Church on Sept. 19, 2021, at Casa del Migrante shelter in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Jose Luis Gonzalez / Reuters
Migrants pray at a mass during the celebration of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees of the Catholic Church on Sept. 19, 2021, at Casa del Migrante shelter in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Jose Luis Gonzalez / Reuters

CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Hundreds of Haitians returned to Mexico from a sprawling migrant camp across the border in Del Rio, Texas on Monday, fearing expulsion to their homeland as U.S. authorities organized flights back to Haiti.

The camp under a bridge spanning the Rio Grande is the latest flashpoint for U.S. authorities seeking to stem the flow of migrants fleeing gang violence, extreme poverty and natural disasters in their home countries.

The first flights carrying migrants landed in Port-au-Prince on Sunday from the Del Rio camp arrived in Haiti on Sunday, with at least three more due to make the journey on Monday, according to flight tracking website Flightaware.

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