Forum staff reports
PERHAM, Minn.—Perham defensive tackle Logan Richter has verbally committed to play football at the University of Minnesota, the junior announced via Twitter on Saturday, March 25. The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Richter was also a key basketball player for the Yellowjackets, who advanced to the Minnesota Class 2A, Section 8 boys championship game. Richter is part of the 2018 recruiting class.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—Minnesota State Moorhead senior Aaron Lien scored two points in 16 minutes Friday, March 24, in the Reese's Division II men's basketball all-star game at the Sanford Pentagon. Lien played for the West, which lost 125-114 to the East All-Stars. Lien was 1-for-5 from the floor, grabbed three rebounds and added one assist.
FARGO— The Cass County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying two males caught on camera vandalizing equipment in Kindred. The suspects were observed early Sunday, March 12, in an RDO Equipment lot intentionally damaging farm equipment. It caused a substantial amount of monetary loss, according to a release from the sheriff's office, which added that other similar incidents have happened in a relatively short time frame at RDO. Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact Cass County Sheriff's Office at: (701) 241-5884.
HARWOOD, N.D.—A fire here that destroyed a home on Friday, March 17 has been ruled accidental. The fire started inside a fireplace that was in the home, Cass County Sheriff's Sgt. Tim Briggeman said in a release. Crews spent hours battling the fire at 6913 48th Ave. N. No one was injured. West Fargo Fire Chief Dan Fuller said the home was a total loss. A nearby garage sustained some damage to its siding.
MOORHEAD—The Moorhead Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding a juvenile runaway. Chawna May Mueller, 13, of Moorhead did not return home after school on March 3. Authorities believe she may still be in the Fargo-Moorhead area or in the Kidder County, N.D., area. Anyone with information about Mueller's whereabouts is asked to call their local law enforcement agency.
FARGO—The Republican National Committee is embarking on a large digital advertising campaign to put pressure on Senate Democrats in targeted states, including Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota, to publicly commit to an up-or-down vote regarding Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court. The RNC said in a release that the six-figure ad campaign will also push for other Republican agenda items, including repeal of the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with the American Health Care Act.
BISMARCK—Voters didn't have to look far when it came time to choose this year's North Dakota Class A all-state girls basketball team. They just dusted off last year's team and returned three players to the elite 10. Tylee Irwin, a 6-foot senior forward from Wahpeton, and Akealy Moton, a 6-0 senior forward from West Fargo, return to the first team. Moving up from the second team is 6-foot senior Regan Dennis of Bismarck Century.
FARGO—On Monday, Kevin Wallevand reported a story for WDAY television newscasts on a spree of thefts from cars in south Fargo. On the same day, someone stole the longtime reporter's own car from his Fargo residence. "Oh, the irony," Wallevand said in a Facebook post Tuesday, March 21. Wallevand said his gray 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe was taken early Monday from a "locked, secure, underground garage," a theft he discovered Monday night when he returned from work to drive to Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he teaches an evening class.
MINOT, N.D.—With a total of 110 games won this season and five different regions represented, the 2016-17 Class B girls basketball all-state first team selections are proven winners from across the state of North Dakota. Four of the five first-teamers played at the state tournament. Three of them helped their teams reach the semifinals and two first-team picks concluded the season by squaring off for the state championship in Grand Forks on March 4.