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Water Main Breaks Slow Morning Commute

Multiple water main breaks in Fargo slowed down the trip to work and school for many this morning. Firefighters responded to this break on 9th Avenue South near Century 10 and a number of hotels at 5:30 am. Water from…

Man Gets Plea Deal in 2016 West Fargo Motel Standoff

  A plea deal and sentence for the man involved in an armed standoff at a West Fargo motel last March. Jan-Michel Wangstad, 38, pleaded guilty to terrorizing, reckless endangerment, illegal possession of a firearm, criminal mischief and possession of…

One Arrested After Standoff with Jamestown Police

  A nearly five hour standoff with police in Jamestown ended with a man in custody for domestic assault. Police blocked off a section of 3rd Street Northwest around nine this morning while trying to communicate with Brandon Haugen during…

Judge Exceeds Recommended Sentence in Gaarsland Beating Death

Scott Moen, the last of four men accused in the beating death of Joey Gaarsland, is given a 20-year prison sentence. This exceeds the 15-year sentence recommended by prosecutors who say Moen has been cooperative since his arrest. Moen was the first…

Reitan Won't Return as Police Chief of West Fargo

  West Fargo Police Chief Mike Reitan will not be returning to his job according to the mayor. Reitan was placed on administrative leave on Friday after a special meeting between the mayor, commissioners and city officials. Mayor Mattern says…

Former Jailer Gets Suspended Sentence

A former Mercer County jailer, who shot up a hotel in western North Dakota,won't serve any prison time. The judge gave 27-year-old Michael Peterson, of Hazen, a suspended sentence of one year at Friday's hearing. Police say Peterson drunkenly fired…

Barry Garcia Appeal Denied

Barry Garcia, the man convicted of murdering a West Fargo woman in 1995 argued his case in Cass County Court for an appeal hearing. Garcia was trying to be re–sentenced with consideration for recent Supreme Court rulings on sentencing a…

State Rep. Nelson Pushes For Recreational Marijuana Study

NORTH DAKOTA -- In light of Measure 5 legalizing medical marijuana in North Dakota, one state politician wants to take this a step further. State Representative Marvin Nelson of Rolla wants the legislature to study recreational marijuana. Nelson says this…

North Dakota Tribes To Charge Higher Tax On Oil Production

NORTH DAKOTA -- North Dakota's Three Affiliated Tribes say they will charge a higher tax than the state for oil production on reservation property. Tribal leaders say they never agreed to a change Legislature made in 2015 which abolished some…

Backwater Bridge Determined To Be Structurally Sound

CANNON BALL, N.D. -- State officials say a bridge where many Dakota Access protesters clashed with police is structurally sound. The Backwater Bridge, north of Cannon Ball, closed in October when protesters blocked it with burning vehicles. After taking core…

West Fargo Police Chief Placed on Leave

West Fargo Police Chief Mike Reitan has been put on administrative leave. At this time, city officials and Reitan have yet to comment on why he is on leave. Mayor Rich Mattern and city commissioners had a closed-door meeting late…

Fargo Woman Charged in Early Morning Stabbing Investigation

A Fargo man is hurt and one woman is arrested after reports of a stabbing early Friday morning. Kaylee Falowo, 29,  is charged with felony aggravated domestic assault. Fargo Police say officers responded to the 3700 block of 42nd Street South…

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