Forum Staff Report
MINNEAPOLIS—In a college baseball game played in U.S. Bank Stadium, Patrick Fredrickson and two other pitchers limited North Dakota State to four hits and Minnesota claimed a 3-1 win Tuesday night. Fredrickson pitched five innings giving up only three hits and one run. Terrin Vavra went 3-for-4 with one RBI for the Gophers, who improve to 6-2. The Bison, who fall to 4-4, got their hits from Drew Fearing, Mason Pierzchalski, Logan Busch and Tucker Rohde. Pierzchalski had one RBI.
ROTHSAY, Minn.—A car traveling east on Interstate 94 five miles west of here Sunday, Feb. 25, went off the road and into a ditch, striking a snowbank, giving the driver non-life threatening injuries, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The driver, Amber Noelle Anderson, 22, Isanti, Minn., was taken to Essentia Health in Fargo, according to the patrol. She was wearing a seatbelt. Road conditions were dry, according to the patrol. Alcohol was not a factor in the accident.
OAKES, N.D.—A building that housed the local newspaper and a storage shop burned to the ground early the morning of Sunday, Feb. 25. The building at 323 Main Ave. was occupied by the Oakes Times and the other half was used for cold storage and to shelter a truck, said Jerry Hollingsworth, Oakes fire chief. The building was already engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene after 1:30 a.m.
MOORHEAD—A car heading west on Interstate 94 east of here rear-ended another car, causing that car to lose control and hit a cable barrier, law enforcement officials said. The accident, which happened the afternoon of Saturday, Feb. 24, occurred when road surfaces were packed with snow and ice, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
FARGO — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D, has introduced a bill aimed at improving rail safety by requiring two-person crews on freight trains. The oil train that derailed near Casselton, N.D., in 2013 had a two-person crew, Heitkamp said, allowing them to act quickly to prevent the fire from escalating further, but trains still can operate with one-person crews.
FARGO — With two announcements Monday, Jan. 29, both major political parties have now filled out their rosters in the state legislative race in District 41, encompassing the city's southwest. Brandon Medenwald and Paula Thomas both announced plans to run for state House and Senate respectively on the Democratic-NPL ticket, joining Rep. Pamela Anderson, D-Fargo, who said she will run for re-election. Sen. Kyle Davison, R-Fargo, also announced that he would run for re-election.
DULUTH, Minn.—Jacky Volkert scored 15 points and added five rebounds and five assists to help lead Minnesota State Moorhead to an 81-45 victory against Minnesota-Duluth on Friday in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference women's basketball at Romano Gymnasium.
FARGO — About 50 airmen from the North Dakota Air National Guard's 119th Wing are scheduled to return home Monday, Jan. 15, from a six-month deployment in southwest Asia, the Guards said Sunday, Jan. 14. They are among the nearly 150 airmen from the Fargo-based wing to have deployed in 2017, its largest deployment since the Korean War. The wing, nicknamed the Happy Hooligans, includes unmanned aircraft, security, medical and mission support units.
MOORHEAD — A 30-year-old Breckenridge, Minn., man was sentenced in Clay County District Court on Thursday, Dec. 21, to five years and 10 month in prison for his guilty plea to one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct involving someone under age 16. Kevin H. Silvernail initially faced three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. The conduct occurred in Moorhead, according to court documents. The victim told investigators Silvernail smoked meth and talked her into trying it.
FARGO — An 18-year-old Fargo woman hit a squad car Wednesday, Dec. 6, after failing to yield on icy roads. Sgt Jim VanLith with the Fargo Police Department said the Jessica Olson was northbound on 4th Street when at 4:48 p.m. she attempted turning left on 9th Avenue North. The driver failed to yield for a southbound squad car driven by Officer Tyler Seehusen on 4th Street. She was taken to the hospital for injuries that were not life threatening, VanLith said. Olson's vehicle was heavily damaged, VanLith said, and the squad car had minor damage.