Robin Huebner / Forum News Service
CHUGIAK, ALASKA — Fargo native Jim Lanier came through mostly unscathed, suffering a gash to his face, bruised ribs and frostbite on his fingers, toes and nose in a grueling sled dog race. The most inconvenient mishap, however, was one that did not involve being pulled on a sled behind a pack of dogs. He lost a tooth when he stopped to eat at one of the race checkpoints. “It was 42 below zero, and I bit into a frozen cookie,” Lanier said with a laugh from his home here, where he’s recovering from the nearly two-week long trek.
FARGO — Children are taught to wear seat belts to stay safe in a vehicle, but when they board a large school bus there's no way for them to buckle up. While federal transportation safety agencies recommend lap-shoulder belts in all new school buses, most full-size school buses on the road don’t have them. So far, only eight states — none in the Midwest — have passed laws requiring bus seat belts. The reluctance may be due, in part, to a long, strong safety record of school buses.
FARGO—A preliminary cause of death has been determined in the case of a teen found dead Sunday, Sept. 17, at a North Dakota State University residence hall, but institutions involved in the case are not releasing that information to the public. Ed Bina, a death investigator in the Grand Forks County Coroner's Office, said last week Devin Delaney's preliminary cause of death was released to a law enforcement agency, likely Fargo police. Cause-of-death reports are sent to the investigating police agency.
FARGO—A federal judge has dismissed a civil lawsuit against the city of Fargo, its former police chief and two officers that claimed police wrongfully accused a woman of possessing drug paraphernalia during her arrest for drunken driving. The judgment from U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson throws out the suit brought in early 2016 by Sarah Rhodes of Moorhead naming officers Jamey Gahner and David Cochran, and former Chief Keith Ternes.
FARGO — An older sister of the woman accused in what may be one of the most horrific crimes ever in the Fargo-Moorhead area said she can't believe her family member is involved. Dawn Dyer, of Star, N.C., is one of six siblings of Brooke Crews, who's charged along with her boyfriend William Hoehn of conspiring to murder Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind and conspiring to kidnap her unborn child to claim as their own. Dyer found out about the allegations when her mother messaged her a few days ago.
FARGO—The family hadn't even sat down at their table when the woman across the restaurant stood up from her meal and made a beeline to the baby girl with big brown eyes, dark skin and dark hair. Roxane Cartwright and her husband, Tim, had finalized the adoption of their Pacific Islander infant the day before. The woman approached, trembling, saying repeatedly, "She's exactly what I want," while motioning that she wanted to hold the baby. "Her eyes were huge, she was fixated on my daughter," Cartwright said.
DILWORTH, Minn.—Police have received positive identification of a body found in a car outside Walmart here in late May, but haven't been able to find any family members to notify. They're asking the public's help in trying to make that connection. Dilworth Police Chief Ty Sharpe said the body was that of 56-year-old Anthony Sabal, no known address. The body was ID'd by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office through fingerprints. Sharpe said according to the death certificate, there was no trauma to Sabal's body and he died from a cardiovascular event.
FARGO—A week before Mark Yaggie died in a crash of his vintage military plane just outside Moorhead, thoughts rolled through fellow pilot Casey Odegaard's mind about previous aircraft accidents. In 2012, his father and veteran pilot Bob Odegaard died when the restored warbird he was flying crashed during practice for an air show in Valley City. In 2007, renowned warbird restorer Gerry Beck was killed in a crash at an air show in Wisconsin. "I was just thinking about that five-year cycle, just the possibility," Odegaard said.
FARGO — Danika Murphy wanted more than anything to be part of the local motorcycle scene. The 26-year-old student at North Dakota State University took her rider safety courses seriously and was working to build confidence on her bike when she suffered what turned out to be fatal injuries in an April 3 crash on Interstate 94 in Fargo. Three months later, a memorial ride in her honor will make her part of the club in which she so badly wanted membership.
MOORHEAD—Mike Fisher is used to customers showing up at his liquor store on Sundays. The owner of Cormorant Bottle Shop in Pelican Rapids is usually there cleaning and doing bookwork. "People are always coming to the doors and I can't sell to them," Fisher said. The store's previous owner told him the last time Independence Day fell on a Sunday, in 2010, about 500 cars streamed in and out of the parking lot with people mistakenly thinking they could buy a few cold ones.