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MOORHEAD—Malfunctioning fireworks provided additional drama for the finale of a symphony concert held Thursday evening, Aug. 17, at the Bluestem amphitheater in Moorhead. Prince's "Purple Rain" was being played at the end of the Symphony Rocks Concert when fireworks that should have been shooting into the air above the concert fired sideways instead, sending burning material toward musicians and audience members.
FARGO — The world, it seems, is very interested in Pearce Tefft and his recent decision to disown a son. The Fargo father submitted a letter to the editor to The Forum letting the world know that his son, Peter Tefft, a self-described white nationalist, was no longer welcome at family gatherings. Pearce Tefft gave a copy of the letter to his son when his son returned to Fargo on Sunday from Charlottesville, Va., where he mingled with white supremacist demonstrators during a violent weekend of protests.
FARGO — The same day Cass County District Court Judge Steven Marquart handed Landon Lauwagie a 22½-year prison sentence for killing Cory Terlecky in May 2016, Lauwagie had a jailhouse phone conversation with his grandmother. A recording of the conversation obtained by The Forum reveals that a few minutes into the phone call Lauwagie let loose with a threat against the judge. "He (Marquart) gave me 22½ years that son of a (expletive) ... I'll (expletive) shoot that mother(expletive)," Lauwagie is heard to say on the recording.
FARGO — A Fargo police officer who was recently dismissed from the force said Tuesday, Aug. 8, that it's not clear to him why the step was taken. "I don't know if it's a personal animus towards me. In my opinion, I've worked hard and given a lot," David Boelke said in an interview with Rob Port on Port's afternoon radio show on WDAY AM.
FARGO – Circumcision is unnecessary and diminishes the sex lives of American males. That was the message of a handful of demonstrators at a south Fargo protest on Monday, Aug. 7. The group, which calls itself Bloodstained Men and Their Friends, is led in part by a California man named Brother K, who stressed that is his legal name.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — The Long Bridge Bar and Grill and Marina on Detroit Lake has been around for more than 20 years, and for the past two it has been owned by Matt Pierce. Pierce said that's long enough to know he made the right decision when he purchased the operation, which he described as a team effort. "This isn't my show, I don't do this by myself. I'm one of a team here," Pierce said. According to Pierce, the bar is busy much of the time, but especially on weekend nights when live music is offered. And there's the bridge.
DICKINSON, N.D.—The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified the driver who died in a crash Friday evening, Aug. 8, in Stark County. According to the Highway Patrol: Norman Erhardt, 81, of Dickinson, was driving an SUV westbound on Interstate 94 near Dickinson when the SUV was rear-ended by a car driven by David Draves, 62, of Cottage Grove, Minn. The crash happened about 10 p.m. Friday on Interstate 94 near Dickinson. Erhardt died at the scene. Draves was not injured. The crash remains under investigation.
ENDERLIN, N.D.—One person was injured Sunday evening, Aug. 6, in a two-vehicle crash in Enderlin. The crash happened about 5:10 p.m. on Highway 46. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol: A motorcycle driven by Scott Paulson, 57, of Valley City, N.D., was eastbound on the highway when it collided with an SUV driven by Rose Johnson, 65, of Nome, N.D., that was attempting to turn west onto the highway from a side street and which failed to yield to the motorcycle. Paulson suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a Fargo hospital.
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash near Jamestown Sunday afternoon, Aug. 6. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol: The crash happened about 2:18 p.m. on Highway 52 about three miles north of Jamestown. A pickup truck driven by Ernest Castillo, 38, was northbound on Highway 52 when the truck slowed to turn west onto another road.
FARGO — A 20-year-old Fargo man is charged in Cass County District Court with a felony count of gross sexual imposition for allegedly having sexual contact with a girl under 15. Joseph T. Pich is accused of engaging in a sexual act with a girl younger than 15 between May 1 and June 5. According to court documents filed this week: The alleged victim told police in June the sexual contact occurred after she told Pich her age. Pich told police he had sexual contact with the teen when he knew she was under 15.