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FARGO — The leader of the government agency that steers most of the large transportation projects in the metro area died by suicide a day after learning he could be fired over concerns about sexual harassment, his honesty and overall job performance, according to documents obtained by The Forum.
MOORHEAD — The final report on the crash of a vintage aircraft that killed Breckenridge, Minn., farmer and pilot Mark Yaggie in July indicates the plane was in obvious distress when it went down near here, but an examination of the engine later found no visible signs of failure. The report from the National Transportation Safety Board said Yaggie died of "multiple traumatic injuries" and that the only substance found in his body during an autopsy was diphenhydramine, an antihistamine used for allergy-type symptoms or for motion sickness.
FARGO —The Boy Scouts of America will allow girls to join its ranks next year. One Cub Scout pack already welcomed two new girls, during a ceremony in Fargo. It was a big night for Pack 201 at Horace Mann Elementary school. New members received their Bobcat award. It's the first step in becoming a Cub Scout, after learning the scout oath, handshake motto and salute. With the new additions, there are now three girls in the 31 member pack.
FARGO — Dave Wallis has photographed presidential visits and abortion protests, and captured images from more concerts than he can count. He's documented devastation from floods to tornadoes to fires, and he's been a fixture at high school sporting events and Bison football games. He's seen brushes with danger — coming close to bullets, having a knife tossed at him and nearly being scorched by flames. Wallis, 65, has had a front row seat to local happenings during his 40 years as a photographer at The Forum, and shown readers the same view along the way.
FARGO—A semi-pro football team here is heading up a local fund drive to help victims of the devastating wildfires in northern California. Several players and the vice president of the Fargo Invaders Football Club have family and friends in the Santa Rosa area who've been evacuated from their homes due to the fires. The aim is to collect cash, which can be distributed as debit or gift cards to victims for their immediate needs. Trevor Taylor, 24, who plays quarterback for the Invaders, is originally from Ukiah, Calif.
FARGO — When Blaize Shiek was in middle school, he was ready to leave the house one morning dressed in sweatpants and cowboy boots. His mother Becky tried to convince him the two didn't go together, but he was undeterred, never a kid to be concerned with what people thought about him, she said. But once attending Fargo South High School, when Blaize said he might try out for the Bruinkix Dance Team, she was terrified for him. "He was made fun of before he started dance, so I thought, 'Is it going to get worse?'" she said.
FARGO—A Fargo man has filed a report with Fargo Police after he said he found a swastika and obscenities painted all over his car. Joe Andrade said he had just left his job at Scheel's Arena around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, when he noticed the black spray paint. "I was kind of speechless," Andrade said. Andrade is married and has teenagers in high school. His daughter Brianna also drives the car and was in disbelief when she learned it had been vandalized. "Then I shined my phone on the car and I just started bawling my eyes out. Why me?" she said.
FARGO—The father of a teenager who died in a North Dakota State University residence hall last month has released his son's cause of death to ease any fears on campus and reassure the friends his son was visiting when he died. Tom Delaney, of Savage, Minn., posted the information on his Facebook page and spoke with The Forum about what he learned from his son's autopsy results. He said they indicate Devin Delaney, 17, died of natural causes.
FARGO — The people who manage the mountains of garbage dumped at the Fargo landfill are hoping a fall purge can make for a lighter cleanup in the spring. The city is allowing residents to dump their household junk at the landfill for free from Saturday, Oct. 14, through Saturday, Oct. 21. Usually, it costs a minimum of $12 per load or $43 per ton to dispose of items there. Think of it as spring cleanup week happening in the fall, without city workers picking up discarded odds and ends from the boulevards.
FARGO — Kyle Wilson has racked up more than $2,000 in fines for running afoul of city laws. He's homeless, often sleeping under bridges along the Red River downtown, and with few places to hang out, he sometimes gets caught with an open container of alcohol. "If you happen to have something on you, and cops stop by and check on you real quick, they find something on you so you get cited," Wilson said. Jeff Charette owes about $700 in fines to the city. "For drinking in public and, you know, my mouth running too much," Charette said.