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.
FARGO — A Fargo man was sentenced to six months of confinement this week after pleading guilty to a charge stemming from an August 2017 standoff at a north Fargo home that lasted nearly five hours. The sentence handed to Tate Anthony Smith-Nerlien, 24, in Cass County District Court on Wednesday, Jan. 17, included credit for 174 days already served and 18 months of supervised probation. He was ordered to serve six months at Centre Inc., a Fargo halfway house.
WEST FARGO – The grandmother of a 13-year-old girl’s boyfriend was arrested on Thanksgiving Day after authorities said she harbored the runaway girl and lied about it to police. West Fargo police reported shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 23, that Margaret Hansen, 53, was arrested on suspicion of harboring a runaway, hindering an investigation and providing false information. She was being held at the Cass County Jail.