WDAY: The News Leader

Published December 31, 2013, 09:33 PM

Year in review: April through June

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) – Heavy, wet snow so late in the season raised the concern of flooding as time passed.

By: Rebecca Lebak, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) – Flood prep: Heavy, wet snow so late in the season raised the concern of flooding as time passed. In April, families prepared for a record flood; forecast similar to 2009. Fargo had a goal of filling one million sandbags to raise the protection level to 43 feet.

Tough travel: Mother Nature struck again causing hundreds of crashes; many people saying enough is enough.

Marv Bossart passes away: We lost a pioneer in broadcasting in April. Longtime WDAY anchor Marv Bossart passed away at the age of 79.

Flood outlook: As April went on, the National Weather Service lowered its flood crest prediction for Fargo-Moorhead.

80 days: May started off with the end of a whirlwind legislative session lasting 80 days. North Dakota's Legislature approved an unprecedented $1.5 billion in property tax relief.

Buffalo attack: A week later, two 3-year-old boys were trampled by buffalo in a freak accident as they wandered into a fenced area where the buffalo were. They both survived.

Fishing opener: The fishing opener was one for the record books because many lakes were still frozen over from the harsh winter.

Same sex marriage: Minnesota became the 12th state in the nation to allow same sex marriage.

Wet fields: June started off wet and cloudy. After a long winter, farmers were eager to get into fields, but were pushed back because of Mother Nature.

Shirvani leaves: North Dakota University System Chancellor Ham Shirvani left with a more than $800,000 buyout. He said it had been "one hell of a year.”

Downtown fight: NDSU's star linebacker, Travis Beck, was accused of punching a man in the head during a fight in downtown Fargo. The case was later dismissed.

Manslaughter: Prosecutors charged 24-year-old Andrew Sandstrom with manslaughter after his 5-month-old daughter died after being left in a hot van. This was not the first time the Sandstrom residence dealt with child neglect.

Health improvements: And for the first time since his life-saving double lung transplant, Fargo's 10-year-old Jordan Peterson slept in his family's RV in Houston, just a few miles from Texas Children's Hospital. He had been rushed there earlier that month.