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FARGO — A person responsible for the name-gathering process of a newspaper campaign ad that misused women’s names as victims of sexual assault has been fired, Julia Krieger, the communications director for Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, confirmed Wednesday, Oct. 17. Krieger said that person will not be named. The newspaper ad, which ran in several Forum Communications Co. newspapers and other newspapers statewide Sunday, identified 127 women as victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or rape. Since its release, several women have come forward stating that they never gave the Heitkamp campaign permission to use their names in the ad.
FARGO — A kickboxing facility that opened here four years ago is closing its doors. 9Round, a nationwide exercise franchise that has built itself around its 30-minute kickboxing circuit workout, announced the closing on its Facebook page recently. 9Round operates over 700 clubs in 42 states and 13 countries. The Fargo location, formerly owned by Matt Engelstad and his then-wife Jamie, was the first 9Round location in North Dakota. The reasoning behind the closing was detailed in a lengthy Facebook post on the company's page.
NEW YORK — If "Saturday Night Live" catches wind of a story for its "Weekend Update" segment, you know it must be bizarre. That was exactly the case with a recent story out of Mandan, N.D., where a man, allegedly high on methamphetamines, stripped naked and climbed into the holy water font during Mass at a local Catholic church Tuesday, Oct. 9. The story, originally reported by The Bismarck Tribune, was featured in the most-recent episode of Saturday Night Live that aired this past Saturday, Oct. 13.
MILWAUKEE — The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum on Thursday, Oct. 11, unveiled another North Dakota State University-themed bobblehead, this time commemorating the football teams' six FCS National Championships. The officially licensed, limited edition bobblehead features Thunday, the NDSU team mascot, holding two replica national championship trophies, with four additional replica trophies on the base of the bobblehead, which is in the shape of the 2017 National Championship logo.
MOORHEAD — Congressman Keith Ellison, the Democratic candidate for Minnesota attorney general, held a roundtable discussion Tuesday, Oct. 9, on the campus of Minnesota State University Moorhead to discuss how to make voting in the state more fair and accessible to all. Joining Ellison was Nate Aalgaard, executive director of the Freedom Resource Center for Independent Living, Mark Altenburg, Moorhead school board member, and a group of three students from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
HAWLEY, Minn. — Katelyn Ann Bjorndahl knew how to make people smile. Her sense of humor was as infectious as her personality, those close to her say. If you were in a room with Katie and you didn't know who she was, you wanted to get to know who Katie was. "People gravitated towards her," said her mother, Lisa Bjorndahl. On Saturday, Sept. 29, Katie died unexpectedly at Sanford Health Hospital in Fargo. She was 20. "There was no warning," her mother said. "If it can happen to her, it can happen to anybody."
Cell phone users who receive an emergency alert on their phones this afternoon, Wednesday, Oct. 3: don't be alarmed. It's only a test.
FARGO — When a reporter from People magazine first emailed Tanya Bale in early September requesting information about her award-winning restaurant, she was, understandably, hesitant and in a bit of disbelief. “I Googled the lady that was contacting me,” said Bale, owner of The Shack on Broadway, 3215 Broadway, in north Fargo. “Sure enough, she was real and she works for People magazine.”
FARGO — While at band practice Wednesday night, Sept. 26, 42-year-old Luke Helm, of Fargo, received an unlikely notification on his phone. It was from his Ring Video Doorbell app. The alert came across his phone just before 10 p.m., an uncommon time for visitors to be arriving at his home, he said. The Ring doorbell works by placing it outside your front door and hooking it up to an existing Wi-Fi network, which then creates a ring of security around the home.
BOSTON — NewEnergyBlue, a Boston-based clean energy producer, announced future plans to convert 280,000 tons of North Dakota wheat straw into clean, low-carbon fuel to power California automobiles, the company said in a news release Monday, Sept. 24. That amount of straw, the company says, will equate to an annual production of 16 million gallons of low-carbon fuel ethanol that will be sold in California, the world's fifth largest market for renewable energy.