Forum staff reports
FARGO — Police here are asking for the public's help locating a missing 12-year-old girl. Alisha Precious Turner was last seen by family on Seventh Avenue and 10th Street North in Fargo. Precious is 5 feet, 5 inches tall, weighs 160 pounds and has black, curly hair. She was last seen wearing a gray Ben Franklin T-shirt, blue jeans, black and blue Jordan shoes and a black coat with fur on the hood. She also may have a pink backpack.
MINNEAPOLIS—A trip to a state tournament usually brings with it a level of competition outstate teams haven't seen before. Brooklyn Center had the edge in just about every statistical category Wednesday night against Breckenridge in the Minnesota Class 2A state boys basketball quarterfinals at Williams Arena. The Cowboys couldn't match the Centaurs' athleticism, speed and physicality in a 63-48 loss to the No. 2 seed in the tournament.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – The issue of homelessness in Becker County will be the focus of a public forum sponsored by the Congregational United Church of Christ this weekend. The forum is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at Ecumen Senior Living Home in Detroit Lakes. It’s meant to raise awareness about homelessness in the area and work with the community to identify solutions. In 2016, there were 85 homeless students enrolled in the Detroit Lakes School District, according to Karen Crabtree, a health program manager at Essentia Health.
MCLEOD, N.D. — The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct 12 prescribed burns covering a total of about 4,000 acres in the Sheyenne National Grassland beginning in the next few weeks. Prescribed burns are planned fires meant to maintain and restore native plants and wildlife habitat, as well as manage invasive species. Many plants and animals in North Dakota need periodic fires to thrive. District Ranger Casey Johnson said "in a landscape full of fire-dependent species the response to prescribed fire can be notable."
FARGO — The Fargo Neighborhood Coalition will meet at noon Saturday, March 24, at the Spirit Room, 111 N. Broadway. Joe Burgum, president of the Hawthorne Neighborhood Association, will give a presentation on the redevelopment of Fourth Street South, which runs through Hawthorne. There will also be a presentation on the landscaped pedestrian and bike route from Hawthorne Elementary School to Island Park. Anyone interested in offering input on the projects is welcome. For more information, send an email to Dawn Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org .
FARGO – The North Dakota Attorney General’s Office has banned a phony charity called Red Cross of Americas Inc. from operating in the state, the office said in a news release. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued a cease-and-desist order to the fake charity’s creator, James Michael Austin, aka Michael James Fisher, on Wednesday, March 21, banning him from doing business in the state.
FARGO — About 25 Republicans from District 27 gathered Tuesday, March 20, to endorse candidates for the North Dakota Legislature. Rep. Thomas Beadle was seeking the endorsement for the district's Senate seat, but that went to nursing advocate and Sanford Health administrator Kristin Roers. Beadle then went up against two other candidates for one of two House endorsements: incumbent Rep. Randy Boehning and James Kapitan, a retired Air Force colonel. Boehning and Beadle secured the district's House endorsements.
FARGO — Beginning Wednesday, March 21, 18th Avenue South between 11th Street and 10th Street South will close to through traffic. The closure is necessary to allow for the repair of a private sewer line. Westbound traffic will reopen on Friday, March 23, with eastbound traffic allowed on Monday, March 26.
NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. – A New York Mills woman was hurt when the vehicle she was driving spun out and rolled into the median on U.S. Highway 10 at 7:38 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, the Minnesota State Patrol said. Grace Elizabeth Jenson, 27, was driving a 2004 Buick Rainier eastbound on U.S. Highway 10 between Perham and New York Mills when it spun out on the ice and snow, entered the median and rolled, the patrol said.
LAKE PARK, Minn. – A Fargo man was injured when the car he was driving struck the back of a semi on U.S. Highway 10 when the road was covered with snow and ice Tuesday morning, March 20, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. James Harold Huether, 55, was driving a semi with a trailer eastbound in the left lane of U.S. Highway 10 at 8:54 a.m., when he slowed to turn north onto Becker County Road 7, the patrol said.