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Sister of bicyclist who died in gate accident pursuing claim against Fargo Park District

FARGO - A sister of the bicyclist who died in May after striking a gate at the Dike East recreational area in Fargo has hired an attorney to investigate a possible claim against the Fargo Park District.

Attorney Jeffrey Stowman notified the district in a letter last week that he has been retained by Judith Goodman of Ogema to pursue a claim for the death of her brother, Gordon Fineday.

Police say Fineday, 48, died after he apparently struck a metal gate that stretched across a bike path to keep vehicles from driving on it. A passerby found Fineday at 1:11 a.m. on May 29.

Stowman, of Detroit Lakes said he was retained just last week and is still investigating whether there was any negligence by the park district.

"It appears there is, but there might not be," he said.