Ryan Johnson has been a Forum reporter since 2012 and previously wrote for the Grand Forks Herald.
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FARGO — Candidates are eager to tout their qualifications before the June 12 primary election in North Dakota, but some aren't as likely to bring up another part of their backgrounds: their criminal records. With voters' interests in mind, The Forum combed through North Dakota, Minnesota and federal court records, checking for the names of candidates who will appear on ballots in Cass County. Several offenses were found, including DUIs, a decades-old felony theft conviction and a recent minor in possession or consumption charge for a first-time legislative candidate.
FARGO — A Fargo School Board candidate is suing the Bismarck Police Department for $75 million and an apology for allegedly violating his civil rights during a 2007 arrest that came after his then-teenage son told authorities the man hit and threatened him. The candidate, 58-year-old Radomysl Twardowski, told The Forum on Thursday, April 12, that the 2007 arrest represented an "illegal, vicious, violent attack" on him.
FARGO – When the votes are tallied June 12, Cass County will have a new sheriff and county commissioner, and there could be a new mayor in West Fargo. Ballots were solidified Monday, April 9, the final day would-be candidates could file to run for open offices, including spots on Fargo and West Fargo elected boards as well as several positions in Cass County.
FARGO — During an era of deep division, Whitney Oxendahl hopes people of all political persuasions will join a new group to take on what she sees as a universal cause: fighting corruption. Oxendahl is the chapter leader of Represent Fargo, a local version of the Represent.Us national grassroots effort that champions new legislation and other efforts to battle government corruption and end political bribery.
OAKES, N.D. – Investigators have determined the cause of a Feb. 25 fire that burned a newspaper building here to the ground.
COLFAX, N.D. — The Richland 44 School Board will meet later this week to discuss whether or not to renew the contract of Superintendent Tim Godfrey, who has been on paid administrative leave since March 1. Richland 44 School District announced Wednesday morning, March 28, that it will hold a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, March 30, in the Richland High School Board Room, 101 Main St., in Colfax.
MOORHEAD — A Minnesota appeals court has affirmed the attempted murder conviction of a Fargo man involved in a 2015 shooting at a Dilworth apartment.
GRAND FORKS — It's technically spring, but that didn't stop several inches of snow from falling on Grand Forks and surrounding areas Sunday, March 25. Grand Forks recorded 2 inches of fresh snowfall between the late morning and 1 p.m. Sunday. According to National Weather Service Technician Bill Barrett, the city was on track to end up with a total of 4 to 5 inches by Sunday evening, with heavier amounts possible.
FARGO — Sarah Light said she's tired of the suggestion that more guns would mean less gun violence in America, including in its schools. Instead, the Fargo North High School student said the solution should be fewer guns as she called for reforms to how the nation regulates the sale of firearms. "The first step is to accept that we have a problem," Light said, adding that things like bulletproof desks in classrooms won't resolve the underlying problem.
MOORHEAD — The list of applicants in the running to become the next superintendent of Moorhead Area Public Schools got smaller on Saturday, March 24. The Moorhead School Board announced Saturday afternoon that it selected Randi Anderson, John Landgaard and Brandon Lunak as the three semifinalists for the position. Anderson, who was one of three finalists for superintendent in West Fargo until she was recently cut from consideration there, serves as superintendent of Pelican Rapids (Minn.) Schools.