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FARGO — Leslie Satterlund of West Fargo left as an upset customer from the North Dakota driver's license office here, after bringing in her son for his written permit test. They waited an hour and a half on Friday, June 15, after sitting even longer the day before, only to be sent away for not having the proper documents. "There is no place to park, nowhere to sit inside, you are stifling in there, crammed like sardines," Satterlund said, referring to the office at 503 38th St. S., just off Interstate 29.
WEST FARGO — At least two board newcomers and one incumbent have been chosen to serve on the West Fargo School Board, with the fourth spot in limbo over a possible recount.
FARGO—The Cass County Sheriff's Office says they've safely located a missing Casselton, N.D. woman who was last seen in Fargo on Friday, June 8. Kate Kieffer, 41, of Casselton, N.D., was last seen in the area of the West Acres mall in Fargo Friday afternoon.
FARGO—Two area men were injured in separate motorcycle crashes in north central Minnesota. The most recent accident happened on Highway 75, just south of Hendrum around 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, the Minnesota State Patrol said in a news release. Robert Alan Brown, 41, of West Fargo, was driving a 1994 Harley Davidson motorcycle southbound on 75 when a saddle bag became dislodged. Brown tried to correct and while doing so drove onto the shoulder, lost control and overturned the motorcycle.
CROOKSTON, MINN.—A man killed in a crash near Crookston, Minn., on Thursday, June 7 was an on-duty U.S. Customs and Border Protection employee. Christopher T. Bacon, 51, of Grand Forks, was operations manager in the Office of Intelligence Collection, according to an agency news release. Bacon was a 22-year veteran of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and began his career in 1995 as a Border Patrol Agent. He was stationed at the CBP Air and Marine National Air Security Operations Center in Grand Forks, according to the release.
FARGO — Don Edwardson has a place to live now, but that wasn't always the case. He was homeless for a stretch, getting booted out of a mobile home park years back and more recently, from a rental home and a hotel. "It was very hard for me to find a place because of my criminal background," he said. Edwardson, 46, is a convicted sex offender who claims Fargo police and the Cass County State's Attorney's Office overstepped their bounds regarding sex offender registration.
FARGO — A steady stream of hefty drug seizures during traffic stops over the past nine months has been a bonanza for area law enforcement agencies. However, success in that arena brings big challenges in others. The latest bust was May 30 on Interstate 94 near West Fargo, when 100 pounds of marijuana was confiscated after a trooper pulled a driver over for an equipment violation. "We're getting better at it," said Lt. Troy Hischer of the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
FARGO—Mike Kohler lined up with thousands of other runners inside the Fargodome here on Saturday, May 19, ready for his first half-marathon as part of the Sanford Fargo Marathon. It would be a big step for the 26-year-old plumber and pipefitter from West Fargo, who ran the 10K last year and the 5K the year before that. But a misstep, right from the start, put him on an even more difficult course.
FARGO—Three children recently died within a 60-mile radius of here, allegedly at the hands of caregivers who should have protected them. Linda Dorff, Cass County Social Services division manager, fears we'll see more deaths. "That worries me. Scares me," Dorff said. On April 9, 6-year-old Justis Burland died in Fergus Falls, Minn., after being repeatedly beaten, tortured and neglected for months. He had injuries from head to toe.
FARGO—Fargo City Commissioner Tony Grindberg will make a pitch at Monday's commission meeting to reinstate a previous city policy for funding streets and sewers as political rhetoric builds over how to handle special assessments. Grindberg says he'll move to rescind the current 50-50 funding split between the city and homeowners and bring back the previous 70-30 split, with city general taxes paying more. He thinks it'll be a short-term solution while the city finishes a comprehensive review of infrastructure funding policy.