North Dakota News

Water Main Breaks Slow Morning Commute

9th Avenue South and 12th Avenue North were a mess after two water mains burst

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 the breakage flooded into the streets, but the water was drained shortly after. The guests at the nearby hotel did…

DAPL Construction Company Asking Court to Block Army Corps Study

Energy Transfer Partners is asking a judge to stop the Army Corps of Engineers from doing an environmental study of DAPL

  The company building the Dakota Access oil pipeline wants a federal judge to block the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from launching a full environmental study of the pipeline’s disputed crossing in North Dakota. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners has asked a judge to stop the Corps from publishing a notice in the Federal Register on Wednesday announcing the study….

Man Gets Plea Deal in 2016 West Fargo Motel Standoff

Jan Michel Wangstad, 38, plead guilty to multiple charges and was given five years in prison

  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 a controlled substance. An attempted murder charge was dropped. Wangstand was given five years in prison. He was arrested last…

One Arrested After Standoff with Jamestown Police

Brandon Haugen was arrested on suspicion of domestic assault

  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 a welfare check. After three hours and no response from Haugen, officers entered the house and found no one inside….

Judge Exceeds Recommended Sentence in Gaarsland Beating Death

Scott Moen is given a 20-year prison sentence in the beating death of Joey Gaarsland

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 suspect to plead guilty in this case: one count of murder, and one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault….

Bill Banning Sexual Discrimination Introduced Again To North Dakota Legislature

For the fourth time in eight years, the North Dakota Legislature will consider legislation that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

BISMARCK, N.D. – For the fourth time in eight years, the North Dakota Legislature will consider legislation that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. The bipartisan legislation introduced this session would add sexual orientation to the list of classes of individuals who are specifically protected against discrimination. Similar legislation failed during the 2009, 2013 and 2015 sessions. Opponents have…

F-M Curling Club Hosts USA Junior National Curling Championships

The F-M Curling Club Hosts the Annaul USA Junior National Curling Championships

One of the biggest sporting events in the country is taking place in Fargo. The F–M Curling Club is this year’s host of the USA Junior National Curling Championships. “We’re excited,” said F-M Curling Club Manager Evan Workin. “We’re happy to show off our new facility we have here and bring everyone from our own country here to check it…

Warm Weather Doesn’t Dampen the Spirits at the Blizzard Bash

The 2017 Blizzard Bash took place at Scheel's Arena for kids and parents of all ages

Parents and kids of ages celebrated a day off and enjoyed some winter fun. The Fargo Park District and the West Fargo Park District worked together and hosted the annual Blizzard Bash at Scheel’s Arena. The free event featured a screening of ‘Ice Age: Collision Course’ with popcorn and soda and inflatable games were set up for kids to play…

Reitan Won’t Return as Police Chief of West Fargo

Chief Reitan was placed on administrative leave on January 13 and Mayor Rich Mattern says privacy policies prohibit him from saying why

  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 a separation agreement between the city and Reitan is being drawn up. He could not tell us the reason behind…

Moorhead Woman Suing the FPD Wants Former Chief’s Employment Record

Sarah Rhodes says she was wrongly accused of possessing a meth pipe after being arrested for drunken driving

  An attorney for a Moorhead woman who claims the Fargo Police Department violated her civil rights wants to see the employment record of former Police Chief Keith Ternes. Sarah Rhodes filed a federal lawsuit last year that claims she was wrongly accused of possessing a meth pipe after she was arrested for drunken driving. A felony drug charge against…