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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.
FARGO — When Blaize Shiek was in middle school, he was ready to leave the house one morning dressed in sweatpants and cowboy boots. His mother Becky tried to convince him the two didn't go together, but he was undeterred, never a kid to be concerned with what people thought about him, she said. But once attending Fargo South High School, when Blaize said he might try out for the Bruinkix Dance Team, she was terrified for him. "He was made fun of before he started dance, so I thought, 'Is it going to get worse?'" she said.
FARGO—A Fargo man has filed a report with Fargo Police after he said he found a swastika and obscenities painted all over his car. Joe Andrade said he had just left his job at Scheel's Arena around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, when he noticed the black spray paint. "I was kind of speechless," Andrade said. Andrade is married and has teenagers in high school. His daughter Brianna also drives the car and was in disbelief when she learned it had been vandalized. "Then I shined my phone on the car and I just started bawling my eyes out. Why me?" she said.
FARGO—The father of a teenager who died in a North Dakota State University residence hall last month has released his son's cause of death to ease any fears on campus and reassure the friends his son was visiting when he died. Tom Delaney, of Savage, Minn., posted the information on his Facebook page and spoke with The Forum about what he learned from his son's autopsy results. He said they indicate Devin Delaney, 17, died of natural causes.
FARGO — The people who manage the mountains of garbage dumped at the Fargo landfill are hoping a fall purge can make for a lighter cleanup in the spring. The city is allowing residents to dump their household junk at the landfill for free from Saturday, Oct. 14, through Saturday, Oct. 21. Usually, it costs a minimum of $12 per load or $43 per ton to dispose of items there. Think of it as spring cleanup week happening in the fall, without city workers picking up discarded odds and ends from the boulevards.
FARGO — Kyle Wilson has racked up more than $2,000 in fines for running afoul of city laws. He's homeless, often sleeping under bridges along the Red River downtown, and with few places to hang out, he sometimes gets caught with an open container of alcohol. "If you happen to have something on you, and cops stop by and check on you real quick, they find something on you so you get cited," Wilson said. Jeff Charette owes about $700 in fines to the city. "For drinking in public and, you know, my mouth running too much," Charette said.
FARGO — As some members of Congress call for a ban on "bump stock" devices following the mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night, Oct. 1, gun enthusiasts will likely have a hard time finding them for sale locally. The device essentially turns a semi-automatic weapon into an automatic weapon by using the gun's recoil to fire multiple shots in rapid succession.
FARGO—Principal Kimbra Amerman was in her office at Nativity Elementary School Monday morning when a second-grade teacher popped in to say her classroom windows were broken. "I thought, 'You've got to be kidding me,'" Amerman said, her mind darting back to an extensive case of vandalism in early August that the school and adjoining Nativity Catholic Church finished repairing only a few weeks ago. The damage this time, likely caused over the weekend prior to the Oct. 2 school day, was smaller in scope but still a blow.
WEST FARGO—North Dakota pharmacists should be more active in prescribing the opioid antidote naloxone, according to instructors at a continuing education event here Friday. During the North Dakota State University School of Pharmacy forum, two associate professors said pharmacists should consider prescribing naloxone to people at risk for opioid overdose, even if the patients don't ask. "You have the authority, the right and, I would argue, the obligation" to offer naloxone in those cases, said Elizabeth Skoy, associate pharmacy professor.
FARGO—Sandy Buttweiler is passionate about many things-- radio, veterans, children, friendships and baseball, to name a few. But one thing tops all: her family. A desire to spend more time with immediate and extended family members has brought her to a decision to leave her longtime radio career in Fargo-Moorhead and move back to the Twin Cities, where she grew up. "I've been here 35 years and it's time for me to live five minutes from my sister and my aunts and uncles and cousins," Buttweiler said, following her Monday show on 970 WDAY.