Forum staff reports
FARGO—The North Dakota State athletic department now has a clear picture on the reductions it will be facing: It will lose $800,000 in state funding. NDSU will have to find more than $400,000 in each of the next two years in either cuts or additional revenue to make up for a reduction in state appropriations.
MOORHEAD—Minnesota State Moorhead head coach Karla Nelson hugged her mom, Bev, at halfcourt at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse during a postgame ceremony Wednesday, Feb. 22. Nelson was acknowledged for earning career win No. 300 on the road last weekend. "She's been there for me since I was in Pee Wee's all the way until now," Nelson said of her mother.
WDAY TV - The NDSU Men's basketball team won it's 11th conference game with an 82-80 win over Oral Roberts. This is the first time NDSU has beaten Oral Roberts on the road in eight years. NDSU improves to 19-9 overall, and 11-4 in conference play. The Bison close the regular season Saturday afternoon when they visit Omaha.
BISMARCK—A West Fargo handyman has been fined and is banned from doing contract work after being found in violation of North Dakota consumer fraud and contractor licensing laws. Glen Robert Collins, who has never had a contractor's license, solicited advance payments from at least six homeowners, but did not purchase the materials or issue refunds, instead using the money for his own personal expenses, according to a release from the North Dakota Attorney General's Office.
FARGO — Seven of 48 Fargo business failed tobacco compliance checks conducted on Tuesday, Feb. 7. All 13 West Fargo business passed tobacco compliance checks conducted on Thursday, Feb. 16. Fargo businesses that failed were: • Don's Car Wash, 2500 52nd Ave. S., first fail in 12 months. • Loaf-n-Jug, 2201 18th St. S., first fail in 12 months. • Holiday Station Store, 3040 25th St. S., first fail in 12 months. • Cash Wise, 1401 33rd St. S., first fail in 12 months. • Family Dollar, 1339 34th St. S., first fail in 12 months.
FARGO—Many Republican members of Congress have been facing packed, energized crowds as they hold town halls back in their districts during the first recess since President Donald Trump's inauguration. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., a vocal Trump supporter, could soon be one of them. Members of Indivisible FM, a local chapter of a nationwide progressive group, said Wednesday, Feb. 22, that it plans to attend a town hall meeting with Cramer on Thursday afternoon.
Fargo, ND - In the blink of an eye, Kindred pushed its lead into double digits in the second quarter Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Scheels Center at Sanford Health Athletic Complex. The top-seeded Vikings scored 11 consecutive points in less than two minutes. That scoring burst set the tone as Kindred earned a 56-30 victory against Richland in the North Dakota Class B Region 1 girls basketball semifinals.
MOORHEAD—While the rest of Class 2A, Section 8 boys hockey decided to make things interesting, top-seeded Moorhead made things easier on itself. The Spuds used a big second period to roll Rogers 6-0 at the Moorhead Sports Complex in the section quarterfinals Tuesday, Feb. 21. All the top seeds won in the section, as Brainerd, Roseau and St. Michael-Albertville advanced. Brainerd and Roseau needed overtime, and St. Michael-Albertville needed a goal in the final minute to move to the next round. "Now, we'll see how it goes," Moorhead coach Jon Ammerman said.
FARGO -- One of 18 men charged last summer in connection with a sex sting operation dubbed “Guardian Angel” pleaded guilty Tuesday, Feb. 21, in Cass County District Court to one count of patronizing a minor for commercial sexual activity. Brandon W. Murch, 31, was sentenced to 1½ years behind bars and fined $1,000. He was given credit for having served six days.
FARGO -- Elm Street is temporarily closed between 14th and 15th avenues north in Fargo, the city announced. The closure, which began Monday night, Feb. 20, is due to the rising level of the Red River caused by recent snowmelt and rain. The road will be closed until further notice. The National Weather Service predicts the flood will crest Thursday, Feb. 23, at 21 feet. Flood stage in Fargo-Moorhead is 18 feet. The river is expected to return to its banks possibly within a week.