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FARGO – President Donald Trump plans to hold a rally here Wednesday, June 27, according to Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. “Yes. He’s coming to Fargo on the 27th to support me,” the congressman said in an email to The Forum. Earlier in the week, the Washington Post reported a tiff between Cramer and the Trump administration. Cramer said Trump encouraged him to run for the Senate but seemed only to say good things about his opponent, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.
FERGUS FALLS—The Becker County Developmental Achievement Center is one of 18 organizations to receive the first-ever Community Change Makers Grant awards from West Central Initiative. The DAC received a $5,000 grant to help build a greenhouse that will create jobs for some of the center's clients to better integrate them into the community.
RED LAKE FALLS, Minn. -- An Oklee, Minn., man has been ordered to spend 90 days behind bars for possessing and distributing child porn, but he could face more time if he doesn’t stay out of trouble. Robert Shawn Furnald, 48, was sentenced Wednesday, June 6, in Red Lake County District Court after he was convicted of dissemination of pornographic work and three counts of possessing pornographic work involving minors, all felonies. He faced five other child porn charges, but those were dismissed.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- A martial arts fighter from Hawley has been sentenced to 32 months in state prison in St. Cloud for a brutal assault on another fighter while tubing on the Otter Tail River near Detroit Lakes last summer. Jamie Lee Lampi, 28, was sentenced in Becker County District Court last month for felony third-degree assault.
ST. PAUL -- Six separate crashes killed six in Minnesota over the Memorial Day weekend, pushing overall fatalities for the year over last year’s number for the same time, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said . Preliminary numbers released on Tuesday, May 29, show 118 people have died in traffic crashes this year compared to 115 at this time last year. Authorities arrested 374 people for DWI over the holiday weekend and 10,566 for all of 2018.
MILWAUKEE — Adam Thielen has never had a bobblehead made in his likeness. So two bobbleheads for the Minnesota Vikings wide receiver is worth a head nod or two. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled two officially licensed bobbleheads of the Detroit Lakes, Minn., native. One is in his Minnesota State, Mankato college uniform and the other as a Viking.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota will use extra law enforcement to target speeding motorists July 6-22, the Department of Public Safety announced Thursday, May 24. Authorities say Memorial Day through Labor Day marks the 100 deadliest days on Minnesota roads.
PINE RIVER— A church in the north-central Minnesota town of Pine River was destroyed by fire Wednesday, May 23. About 2:30 p.m., a fire was reported at Faith Assembly of God Church in Pine River with radio traffic on the police scanner indicated the building was "fully engulfed" in flames. Firefighters tried to contain the flames, as well as retrieve whatever documents, books, and valuables could be saved from the church offices.
CHICAGO — Depression is a growing condition throughout the United States, but according to a massive new study, Minnesotans and North Dakotans struggle more than most. The study from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association shows the two states have a depression problem. The condition can be crippling, even life-threatening.
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND — A North Dakota native and her husband have died in a fishing accident while on vacation in Iceland. Janet Veit grew up in Richland County and was a graduate of Wyndmere (N.D.) High School. She and her husband, Brian Schumacher, were living in La Crescent, Minn., where she worked nearby in LaCrosse, Wis., as a veterinarian.