Forum Staff Report
FARGO — About 50 airmen from the North Dakota Air National Guard's 119th Wing are scheduled to return home Monday, Jan. 15, from a six-month deployment in southwest Asia, the Guards said Sunday, Jan. 14. They are among the nearly 150 airmen from the Fargo-based wing to have deployed in 2017, its largest deployment since the Korean War. The wing, nicknamed the Happy Hooligans, includes unmanned aircraft, security, medical and mission support units.
MOORHEAD — A 30-year-old Breckenridge, Minn., man was sentenced in Clay County District Court on Thursday, Dec. 21, to five years and 10 month in prison for his guilty plea to one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct involving someone under age 16. Kevin H. Silvernail initially faced three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. The conduct occurred in Moorhead, according to court documents. The victim told investigators Silvernail smoked meth and talked her into trying it.
FARGO — An 18-year-old Fargo woman hit a squad car Wednesday, Dec. 6, after failing to yield on icy roads. Sgt Jim VanLith with the Fargo Police Department said the Jessica Olson was northbound on 4th Street when at 4:48 p.m. she attempted turning left on 9th Avenue North. The driver failed to yield for a southbound squad car driven by Officer Tyler Seehusen on 4th Street. She was taken to the hospital for injuries that were not life threatening, VanLith said. Olson's vehicle was heavily damaged, VanLith said, and the squad car had minor damage.
LAKE MARY TOWNSHIP, Minn.—Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in a Saturday, Dec. 2, rollover accident here that was witnessed by a property owner. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office got a report of a crash and visible sparks seen by a property owner across a field on County Road 4 near Long Lake Lane Southwest. Responding officers found an overturned vehicle in the driving lanes of County Road 4. The driver, Nicholas Bottema, 19, was treated and released at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria, Minn.
FOSSTON, Minn.—A 16-year-old was arrested Saturday, Dec. 2, in connection to an armed robbery at a high school here. The Polk County Sheriff's Office said it received a report of an armed robbery with brandished knives at about 5 p.m. Saturday at Fosston High School. Responding deputies arrested a 16-year-old male at the scene. A news release said no injuries were reported by the four alleged victims. No additional information was released Saturday.
FARGO — Garbage and recycling pickup schedules will change during Thanksgiving week for some Fargo-Moorhead residents, according to city offices. In Fargo, garbage and recycling will shift a day during three days: Tuesday routes will be picked up Monday, Nov. 20. Wednesday routes will be picked up Tuesday, Nov. 21. Thursday routes will be picked up Wednesday, Nov. 22. Monday and Friday routes will be picked up as usual.
FARGO — A man has been arrested following a mobile home fire that started Saturday morning, Nov. 18, near Frazee, the Becker County Sheriff's Office said. Michael J. Strehlow, 26, was considered a suspect, the office said without elaborating what his crime might be. No one was injured. The Frazee Fire Department and Sheriff's Office responded to a report of fire at 30397 U.S. Highway 10 around 9:20 a.m. The fire is now under investigation by the Sheriff's Office and State Fire Marshal's office.
FARGO—Water use for oil production in the Bakken oilfields increased almost 20-fold from 2008 to 2014, with water consumption climbing from 550 million gallons to 10,200 million gallons per year, according to North Dakota State University researchers. Total annual industrial water use for Bakken oil production during the seven-year period ranged from 0.5 percent to 10 percent of the state's total water consumption, the researchers found.
LOS ANGELES—The University of Southern California, the 10th-ranked team in college men's basketball, needed a 13-5 run in the final four minutes to hold off North Dakota State Monday night for a 75-65 win. NDSU, coming off an 85-66 loss Sunday at UC-Santa Barbara, trailed 62-60 with less than four minutes remaining before USC produced its game-winning run.
WASHINGTON—Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., says he received a phone call from President Donald Trump encouraging him to run against Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., whom the president has called a "good woman." Cramer said he received the call from Trump within the past week. "He strongly encouraged me to run," Cramer told The Hill, a newspaper that covers Capitol Hill in Washington. Cramer said he would wait until tax reform, a major Republican legislative priority, is addressed before making his decision.