FARGO – North Dakota Democrats are calling out Rep. Kevin Cramer after the U.S. Senate candidate compared his election rival’s votes against the agenda of President Donald Trump to cheating on a spouse. But Cramer said those comments he made Wednesday, April 4, while talking with conservative North Dakota radio host Scott Hennen were taken out of context by a national news outlet.
COLFAX, N.D. – A group of residents are trying to recall three Richland 44 School Board members while the district’s superintendent remains on paid administrative leave. The North Dakota Secretary of State’s Office on March 8 approved the petition form for circulation, which started a 90-day window to get signatures, according to Elections Specialist Lee Ann Oliver. Organizers have until June 6 to submit petitions to Kendra Dockter, Richland 44 School District’s business manager.
FARGO – A state lawmaker from Fargo who made national news after sending an explicit photo of himself on a gay dating app will seek a fifth term in the North Dakota House. Republican Rep. Randy Boehning, a self-employed subcontractor, says he’s proud of his legislative accomplishments so far, but there’s more to do, including the need to focus more on skilled trades and fight the ongoing opioid epidemic.
FARGO – Locals will have two chances to see Vice President Mike Pence in Fargo next week, including at a free event focusing on tax cuts that will feature Pence as a special guest. Nonprofit group America First Policies is planning a “Tax Cuts to Put America First” event at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in the Crystal Ballroom at Delta Hotels by Marriott, 1635 42nd St. S., according to an online posting about the upcoming talk.
FARGO – The rumors are true: Vice President Mike Pence is coming to town later this month. A campaign email sent Friday, March 16, from Cramer for Senate, the U.S. Senate campaign by Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., made the announcement, saying Pence and Cramer will be at a “special VIP Reception Fundraiser” in support of Cramer’s Senate bid. “Mike Pence epitomizes the best qualities of a public servant,” the email read. “He and President Trump have been true friends to North Dakota and strong partners in advancing our state’s economy and culture.”
MINNEAPOLIS – A Muslim civil rights group is calling for an investigation into a video that it says showed North Dakota militia members shooting at and blowing up a model of a mosque. The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) issued a news release Wednesday evening, March 7, about the YouTube video, which was called “North Dakota Security Force III militia FTX.”
MADISON, Wis. – The family of Emily Dewey, the widow of a murdered Mahnomen County sheriff’s deputy, knew her time was running out – but they didn’t expect they’d need to go to court to get her remains back from a man they claim took advantage of her. Her younger sister, Hannah Rentmeester, told The Forum that her family was in Denver in late January to visit Dewey, who was in declining health and under hospice care as her liver failed. She said they were able to see Dewey on Jan. 29, and told her they’d return the next morning.
FARGO – A Catholic priest who faced groping allegations last year has been assigned to a Fargo convent. Paul Braun, a Fargo Diocese spokesman, said Father Thomas Feltman is in “good standing” with the diocese. “Fr. Feltman has been cleared for priestly ministry at the conclusion of our internal investigation,” Braun said Tuesday, Feb. 20, in a written statement.
FARGO – A landing gear issue caused a small plane to slide off a runway at Fargo’s Hector International Airport Wednesday, Feb. 7. Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of the Fargo Airport Authority, said a single-engine Piper Comanche was landing at the airport about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when part of its landing gear collapsed. “They just skidded off to the side of the runway,” he said.
FARGO – A proposed downtown high-rise has a new hotel group on board, a key step that’s replaced a former partner and moved the project closer to construction. Developer Kilbourne Group announced Tuesday, Jan. 23, that Aparium Hotel Group will take over as the hospitality management partner for a hotel and restaurant planned for Block 9, construction of which is expected to start sometime this spring or summer and be completed in 2020.