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MOORHEAD—Paul Fuglestad is compelled to tell others about the 12-year-old boy he knows who walks through the jungle, two hours each way to and from school each day. "Boka" leaves around 6 a.m. from his family's bush hut in a village with no electricity and no plumbing. Walking barefoot, he makes nine river crossings during the trek. He carries only a bush knife to cut away jungle brush and kumara, a yam-like vegetable to sustain him.
FARGO—The North Dakota Highway Patrol was involved in its second high speed chase in this area in a matter of hours. The Patrol said it received a complaint of a reckless driver just after 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. A trooper located the vehicle, traveling over 110 mph on eastbound Interstate 94 near Casselton, N.D. The trooper tried to stop the 2006 Honda CR-V, but the driver kept going. Troopers used a spike strip tire deflation device to disable the vehicle near the Mapleton exit after a 20 mile pursuit.
FARGO—Police and fire crews blocked off a street on the northside here after a vehicle struck a power pole and the pole came to rest on power lines. Firefighters and officers were dispatched to Broadway and 24th Avenue North at 3:10 p.m. on Sunday, April 22. Police blocked off Broadway between 22nd Avenue and 25th Avenue to keep cars off the road. Fargo Fire Battalion Chief Jason Ness said there was no danger to people in their homes along Broadway, but they evacuated anyone who was outside as a precaution.
FARGO—Officers arrested a man here on fleeing and driving under the influence charges following a high-speed, daytime pursuit. A North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper tried to stop a speeding vehicle traveling northbound on Highway 18, about seven miles south of Casselton, N.D., at 1:50 p.m., Saturday, April 21. The driver didn't stop and the trooper pursued the 1990 Chevrolet Blazer, which accelerated to a top speed of 106 mph, the Patrol said in a release.
FARGO — There seemingly wasn't much to be thankful for last Thanksgiving for family and friends of Jason "Teddy" Ramstad. The good-natured general manager of Chub's Pub, 421 N. University Drive, had been hospitalized since mid-August 2017, much of that time in intensive care, following a wave of catastrophic health problems.
FARGO—A couple that went public with their protest of steep special assessments have received some financial relief from city officials, but warn something broader needs to be done to make living here more affordable. Terry and Rhonda King once faced nearly $400,000 in "specials" on their 25-year-old home and property at 3019 64th Ave. S. before selling part of the land to reduce the burden. Still, even after the land sale and by the summer of 2017, the number was $107,000—an amount that would still force them into bankruptcy or foreclosure, they said.
FARGO — When the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra gives its season finale performances soon, it will do so without its longest-serving musician. For the first time in 59 years, Carole Nelson will be in the audience watching instead of on stage playing her viola. Nelson, who's performed with the symphony almost continuously since she was a high school freshman, is now 76 years old. Her final symphony concert was in March, a decision made due to the strain on her arms from long rehearsals and shows.
WEST FARGO — The competition pool inside the new Hulbert Aquatic Center here has a distinction none other in the world can claim. Director Chad Day said before the state-of-the-art modular pool was disassembled and shipped to West Fargo, the most decorated Olympic athlete ever made his mark in it during the 2016 Olympic Trials at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. "It's the last competition pool that Michael Phelps swam in on United States soil, so that's kind of a big selling point," Day said.
FARGO—Lois Minette and her husband Ray are lifelong Catholics. They held office in their former parish in the tiny northcentral North Dakota town of Rugby, and gave communion at the local hospital and nursing home for years. After Ray was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, the couple came to Fargo and he was moved into the skilled care unit of a retirement complex, Bethany on 42nd. Now 85, Ray is somewhat unresponsive. His wife says he perks up, though, when she gets ready to take him to the chapel there.
FARGO—A move that occurred thousands of miles away, across the Pacific Ocean, may affect what residents in the F-M area pay for their curbside recycling service in the future. Recycling facilities in some parts of the U.S. are dealing with stockpiles of products after China, the world's largest buyer of scrap plastic and paper, began restricting those imports last fall. Also, China's new rules requiring lower levels of contamination in those products could amplify the backups.