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CASSELTON, N.D.—Judith Antoine began suffering from poor health a few years after moving into her home here nearly three decades ago, but nothing confounded her doctor and her family more than when she struggled to breathe and collapsed last summer. Family members knew of previous heart problems and serious infections but didn't recall any lung trouble, so when Judith was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, or scarring of the lungs, they were surprised. Most shocking was her chest X-ray.
FARGO—Paul Leintz spends nine hours every day tethered to a dialysis machine and manages a full-time overnight shift at a local radio station. Boxes of dialysis supplies fill a spare bedroom in the home he shares with Leslie Limvere, his wife of almost two years. Thankfully, the treatment can be done while he sleeps, but there's still not much comfort for Limvere. "I check to make sure he's breathing," she said, referring to the frequent monitoring done ever since she found her husband unresponsive due to low blood sugar, a time he almost died.
FARGO — After the new guy was booked into the Cass County Jail on a late August evening of this year, it wasn't long before fellow inmate Bryan Grob found out why. "He started alluding to 'I'm kinda here for a high-profile case,'" Grob said. This new guy, William Henry Hoehn, was referring to the killing of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind and the kidnapping of her unborn child — a crime that rocked the region for its grisly nature and its rarity.
FARGO — The movement is unprecedented. Many women and some men have come forward in recent weeks to accuse men, from Hollywood to Capitol Hill and points in between, of sexual harassment and even sexual assault. It began in early October with allegations that heavyweight film producer Harvey Weinstein subjected dozens of women to lewd behavior, and a few of them, rape. Since then, the floodgates have opened, putting other men in positions of power, from actors to politicians to media moguls, under scrutiny for varying degrees of misconduct.
FARGO — Mike Williams served three straight terms on the Fargo City Commission, and in June he hopes to be elected to his fourth after a two-year hiatus. Williams has declared his candidacy for the commission spot to be determined in the June 2018 city election. "I'd like to build on some of the good work that happened over my 12 years on the commission," Williams said Wednesday, Nov. 22. City law allows a maximum of three consecutive terms on the commission. After the two-year break, Williams will be eligible to run again.
FARGO — The leader of the government agency that steers most of the large transportation projects in the metro area died by suicide a day after learning he could be fired over concerns about sexual harassment, his honesty and overall job performance, according to documents obtained by The Forum.
MOORHEAD — The final report on the crash of a vintage aircraft that killed Breckenridge, Minn., farmer and pilot Mark Yaggie in July indicates the plane was in obvious distress when it went down near here, but an examination of the engine later found no visible signs of failure. The report from the National Transportation Safety Board said Yaggie died of "multiple traumatic injuries" and that the only substance found in his body during an autopsy was diphenhydramine, an antihistamine used for allergy-type symptoms or for motion sickness.
FARGO —The Boy Scouts of America will allow girls to join its ranks next year. One Cub Scout pack already welcomed two new girls, during a ceremony in Fargo. It was a big night for Pack 201 at Horace Mann Elementary school. New members received their Bobcat award. It's the first step in becoming a Cub Scout, after learning the scout oath, handshake motto and salute. With the new additions, there are now three girls in the 31 member pack.
FARGO — Dave Wallis has photographed presidential visits and abortion protests, and captured images from more concerts than he can count. He's documented devastation from floods to tornadoes to fires, and he's been a fixture at high school sporting events and Bison football games. He's seen brushes with danger — coming close to bullets, having a knife tossed at him and nearly being scorched by flames. Wallis, 65, has had a front row seat to local happenings during his 40 years as a photographer at The Forum, and shown readers the same view along the way.
FARGO—A semi-pro football team here is heading up a local fund drive to help victims of the devastating wildfires in northern California. Several players and the vice president of the Fargo Invaders Football Club have family and friends in the Santa Rosa area who've been evacuated from their homes due to the fires. The aim is to collect cash, which can be distributed as debit or gift cards to victims for their immediate needs. Trevor Taylor, 24, who plays quarterback for the Invaders, is originally from Ukiah, Calif.