Ryan Johnson is the Features Editor for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He previously wrote for The Forum and the Grand Forks Herald.
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BISMARCK – The Republican-endorsed candidate for North Dakota Secretary of State has dropped out of the race just two days after The Forum reported on his 2006 window-peeping incident on the North Dakota State University campus.
FARGO — Students from North Dakota State University recently made it to the semifinals of a national marketing competition.
MOORHEAD — Derrick LaPoint wants to get the word out about downtown Moorhead, and he's telling its story to anyone willing to listen. On Feb. 15, he was named the first president and CEO of the newly created nonprofit Downtown Moorhead Inc., an organization largely funded by about two dozen private investors. LaPoint said he's kept busy in the weeks since doing his homework. "I've been calling everybody and their brothers and sisters and trying to have a conversation," he said. "A lot of people have reached out to me, which is fantastic. I tell people I've been overwhelmed in a good way."
FARGO — A steel company based here recently went to the White House to talk about how recent tax reforms influenced its decision to grow its workforce.
FARGO — The owner of Sylvan Learning Center here has been named the state's small-businessperson of the year.
FARGO — A women's clothing boutique is still settling into its new digs after making a move in downtown Fargo earlier this month.
FARGO — Candidates are eager to tout their qualifications before the June 12 primary election in North Dakota, but some aren't as likely to bring up another part of their backgrounds: their criminal records. With voters' interests in mind, The Forum combed through North Dakota, Minnesota and federal court records, checking for the names of candidates who will appear on ballots in Cass County. Several offenses were found, including DUIs, a decades-old felony theft conviction and a recent minor in possession or consumption charge for a first-time legislative candidate.
FARGO — A Fargo School Board candidate is suing the Bismarck Police Department for $75 million and an apology for allegedly violating his civil rights during a 2007 arrest that came after his then-teenage son told authorities the man hit and threatened him. The candidate, 58-year-old Radomysl Twardowski, told The Forum on Thursday, April 12, that the 2007 arrest represented an "illegal, vicious, violent attack" on him.
FARGO – When the votes are tallied June 12, Cass County will have a new sheriff and county commissioner, and there could be a new mayor in West Fargo. Ballots were solidified Monday, April 9, the final day would-be candidates could file to run for open offices, including spots on Fargo and West Fargo elected boards as well as several positions in Cass County.
FARGO — During an era of deep division, Whitney Oxendahl hopes people of all political persuasions will join a new group to take on what she sees as a universal cause: fighting corruption. Oxendahl is the chapter leader of Represent Fargo, a local version of the Represent.Us national grassroots effort that champions new legislation and other efforts to battle government corruption and end political bribery.