Robin Huebner, Forum News Service
FARGO — More than two months after his body was found under a blanket in a car outside Walmart in Dilworth, Minn., police still can't find anyone who knew 60-year-old Anthony Sabal. Not a family member, friend or even an acquaintance. It took weeks to identify the body — a task accomplished by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office in St. Paul through fingerprints. Locating Sabal's family has proven much more difficult.
FARGO — It may seem like a hard turn going from enforcing the law to leading a park district, but for Joel Vettel, it's been a natural transition. That doesn't mean it's been easy for the former Fargo police lieutenant, who formally started as the Fargo Park District's executive director early last fall but was tapped for it months earlier and is closing in on one year on the job.
FARGO—The recently concluded North Dakota legislative session brought a mixed bag of results for homeless shelters and advocates in the state. Legislators allocated $300,000 to the North Dakota Homeless Grant for the next two-year budget cycle, down from the $1.5 to $2 million in one-time funding earmarked for the previous two bienniums.
FARGO—It happens all the time—people with severe anxiety and depression, bouncing in and out of psychiatric care or someone with drug or alcohol addiction, falling back into the abyss when their treatment is over. The Village Family Service Center in Fargo has been trying to determine exactly why and where things fall apart for those people.
DILWORTH — A longtime hangout for sweet treats here didn't open its doors as usual this spring — a sign that change is coming to the Highway 10 corridor between Fargo-Moorhead and Minnesota lakes' country. The Dairy Queen on the south side of the highway, in place since 1981, is being sold to Casey's General Stores of Ankeny, Iowa. Owner Shawn Gode said it was built by his grandmother and has been operated by the family. Gode grew up working at the DQ and ran it for four years before buying it in 2016.
PELICAN RAPIDS, MINN. -- It takes 40 gallons of sap from the sugar maple tree to make a single gallon of pure maple syrup, a process that’s labor intensive and entirely dependent on the weather. Terry Heller, a volunteer with the Friends of Maplewood group, admits it’s a lot of work. “You’re getting an easy 50 cents an hour if you figured it all out, maybe,” Heller laughed, “but it gets in your blood.”
FARGO -- Leaders of nonprofit organizations are gearing up to fight a legislative proposal that could pave the way for up to six state-owned casinos in North Dakota. State-run casinos would take a big bite out of the gaming profits many North Dakota charities rely on to run their programs, said Jonathan Jorgensen, president of the board of directors for the Charitable Gaming Association of North Dakota.
FARGO -- As the leader of Bell Bank’s Pay It Forward program here, Julie Peterson Klein is accustomed to finding ways to make others happy. Now, the tables are turned as her own childhood dream comes true. She and her mother will watch movie stars stroll by on the famed red carpet at tonight’s Oscars in Hollywood. The Oscars Live broadcast will air on ABC beginning at 6 p.m. CDT.
FARGO -- People bought and sold homes at record prices in the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo area last year, mirroring a trend seen in the Twin Cities in 2016. The median price for a home sold in Fargo-Moorhead was $202,000 last year, up more than 9 percent from the year before, according to the F-M Area Association of Realtors. The average sold price -- a number skewed some by upper-end homes -- was just over $228,000, representing a 6 percent increase.
FARGO -- The most tangible sign here of the new North Dakota constitutional amendment known as Marsy's Law is a simple white business card handed out to crime victims. In Fargo, the Marsy’s card, distributed since Dec. 8 when the law took effect, directs victims to either the Fargo Police Department's or Cass County State’s Attorney’s website, where they can read the law in detail and learn more about their rights. Other law enforcement agencies and county prosecutor offices across the state are doing the same.