WDAY: The News Leader

Published January 01, 2010, 03:17 PM

Year in review: October, November, and December

(WDAY TV) - As we begin 2010, we finish up our look back at the stories we brought you throughout 2009 here on WDAY. Reporter Chastity Walberg has the top headlines of October, November, and December.

By: Chastity Walberg, WDAY

Joseph Chapman/former NDSU President: "When the job becomes not fun, then you want to do something else and this has not been fun."

In October, NDSU President Joe Chapman announced he was resigning. The move came after criticism over the new President's home on campus running $1-million dollars over budget, among other things. He led the university for 11 years.

In late October, south Fargo Dentist Philip Gattuso was beat to death with a hammer in his home. The crime took dramatic twists, after police say Gattuso's former father-in-law, Gene Kirkpatrick hired hit man Michael Nakvinda to kill Gattuso. Both men remain in the Cass County Jail.

Changes came in November, as MeritCare merged with Sanford Health. The new service area covers 130-thousand square miles over five states.

"Get off work late at night and I get out here and just relax and blow off a little frustration blow snow where ever."

And in December, we saw our first big snowstorm of the season as the system pummeled the area on Christmas day, shutting down I-29. Fargo-Moorhead got about 17 inches of snow.