Forum Staff Report
FARGO — A man and a woman from Vining, Minn., were injured in a rear-end collision Sunday afternoon, March 18, on Interstate 94 near Albany, Minn., when the man fell asleep at the wheel, the State Patrol said. Gary Kent Rockswold, 66, and his passenger, Wendy Lee Rockswold, 60, were taken to a hospital in St. Cloud, but their injuries were not life-threatening. The other driver, James Matthew Beutz, 72, Freeport, Minn., was not injured.
ERHARD, Minn.—A Pelican Rapids, Minn., man has been sent to the hospital after another driver failed to stop at a stop sign Saturday, March 17, in Erhard, the State Patrol said. Rory Ames Johnson, 64, suffered injuries that were not life threatening, however, the Patrol said. The other driver, Casey Victor Johnson, 24, Fargo, was not injured.
RIVERSIDE, Calif.—Jacquelyn Sertic struck out 11 and Tabby Heinz delivered a two-out three-run double as North Dakota State defeated Colgate 7-1 in college softball Saturday. Sertic improved to 8-4 with the complete game three-hitter. With her 11 strikeouts, she reached double-figures for the fifth time this season and 23rd time in her career. The Bison, which improved to 10-7, jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning. Vanessa Anderson had an RBI double before Heinz delivers a bases-clearing double with two outs.
ROTHSAY, Minn.—A car traveling east on Interstate 94 five miles west of here Sunday, Feb. 25, went off the road and into a ditch, striking a snowbank, giving the driver non-life threatening injuries, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The driver, Amber Noelle Anderson, 22, Isanti, Minn., was taken to Essentia Health in Fargo, according to the patrol. She was wearing a seatbelt. Road conditions were dry, according to the patrol. Alcohol was not a factor in the accident.
OAKES, N.D.—A building that housed the local newspaper and a storage shop burned to the ground early the morning of Sunday, Feb. 25. The building at 323 Main Ave. was occupied by the Oakes Times and the other half was used for cold storage and to shelter a truck, said Jerry Hollingsworth, Oakes fire chief. The building was already engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene after 1:30 a.m.
MOORHEAD—A car heading west on Interstate 94 east of here rear-ended another car, causing that car to lose control and hit a cable barrier, law enforcement officials said. The accident, which happened the afternoon of Saturday, Feb. 24, occurred when road surfaces were packed with snow and ice, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
FARGO — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D, has introduced a bill aimed at improving rail safety by requiring two-person crews on freight trains. The oil train that derailed near Casselton, N.D., in 2013 had a two-person crew, Heitkamp said, allowing them to act quickly to prevent the fire from escalating further, but trains still can operate with one-person crews.
FARGO — With two announcements Monday, Jan. 29, both major political parties have now filled out their rosters in the state legislative race in District 41, encompassing the city's southwest. Brandon Medenwald and Paula Thomas both announced plans to run for state House and Senate respectively on the Democratic-NPL ticket, joining Rep. Pamela Anderson, D-Fargo, who said she will run for re-election. Sen. Kyle Davison, R-Fargo, also announced that he would run for re-election.
FARGO — About 50 airmen from the North Dakota Air National Guard's 119th Wing are scheduled to return home Monday, Jan. 15, from a six-month deployment in southwest Asia, the Guards said Sunday, Jan. 14. They are among the nearly 150 airmen from the Fargo-based wing to have deployed in 2017, its largest deployment since the Korean War. The wing, nicknamed the Happy Hooligans, includes unmanned aircraft, security, medical and mission support units.
FARGO — Two teens from Karlstad, Minn., were injured Sunday morning, Jan. 14, when the car they were in rear-ended a semi-trailer in Marshall County, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. Emily Elaine Bugge, 18, the driver, and her passenger, Madison Lea Bugge, 16, were taken to Sanford hospital in Thief River Falls with injuries that were not life-threatening.