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ByJanice K. Merrill

Aug 30, 2022

1. Fargo officer correct in shooting man driving van towards police, attorney general says

A Fargo police officer acted legally when he shot a Jamestown, North Dakota man who was driving a van at police in early July, North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley said on Monday. Monday August 29.

Officer Adam O’Brien will not face criminal charges for shooting 28-year-old Shane Netterville on the morning of July 8 at a Fargo apartment complex, Wrigley said. Responding officers exercised restraint as Netterville escalated the situation and turned the vehicle into a deadly weapon, the attorney general said.

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2. Shake up city ordinances: Fargo Liquor Control Board seeks public input on proposed changes

Deputy Mayor Dave Piepkorn chairs a meeting of the Liquor Control Committee Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at Fargo City Hall. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

The Fargo Liquor Control Board is moving forward and seeking public input on a variety of changes to municipal liquor-related ordinances.

Fargo City Auditor Steve Sprague spoke to the board at its Aug. 17 monthly meeting about several suggestions for smoother future relationships with liquor licensees.

The board is drafting ordinance changes related to an updated server training requirement, a point-based penalty system for maintaining compliance, and an updated time frame by which establishments must notify the municipal auditor’s office changes in management.

The Liquor Control Board is exploring online training modules that would allow new servers to be fully trained on liquor compliance issues in about two hours. In the current version of the City ordinance, servers have 90 days after hire to be fully trained.

“We really think that if we can get to the point where we have online server training available 24 hours a day, that servers can take their (own) time frame… that there really would be no reason to not have everyone 100% trained. You shouldn’t have someone on the floor, serving alcohol, who hasn’t been trained,” Sprague says.

Currently, server training through Fargo Cass Public Health takes three years before renewal. Although the renewal course is available online, new servers are currently required to attend in-person sessions.

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3. Limited interaction between patients and protesters at new abortion clinic in Moorhead

In the waiting room at the new Red River Woman’s Clinic location in Moorhead on August 25.

Chris Flynn / The Forum

Every Wednesday brought about an almost choreographed set of circumstances outside the Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo, the only facility offering abortions in North Dakota.

Those protesting or praying took up positions at opposite corners of First Avenue North and in front of the clinic, while volunteer escorts in rainbow vests staged themselves accordingly.

When a patient approached, escorts surrounded him to act as a buffer.

This storyline is seemingly over, after the clinic moved to Moorhead to escape North Dakota’s trigger law activated by the overthrow of Roe v. Wade.

The clinic, now in an office building at 302 Hwy 75 North in Moorhead, opened to patients on August 10.

The new location has a private sidewalk and parking lot to the east, adjacent to its main entrance, allowing patients more direct and unhindered access.

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4. Public schools in the Moorhead area open the school year with record enrollment

Neighbors Jaxson Ott, 5, left to right, Stella Anderson, 8, Ole Francis, 5, and Scarlett Anderson, 9, are photographed by Greta Francis before the first day of school on Monday August 29, 2022 at the Hopkins Elementary School in South Moor’s Head.

Michael Vosburg/The Forum

The 2022-2023 school year opened with a record number of enrollments for public schools in the Moorhead area on Monday 29th August.

The 7,427 K-12 students who registered for the first day of classes was a record and 91 more than last year’s opening enrollment, according to school officials, who said Monday’s enrollment was 487 more students than those enrolled in the district last spring. .

The new kindergarten class has 623 students, two students under seventh grade, the largest class in the district, officials said, who noted that the number of students in the district is expected to fluctuate over the next few weeks before stabilize in October and November.

The latest enrollment numbers continue an upward trend in student numbers, according to district spokeswoman Brenda Richman, who added that the increase in student numbers is likely a reflection of overall growth in the Moorhead community.

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5. With 50,000 sanitary napkins, the North Dakota Women’s Network is ready to fight “period poverty”

A woman gives a thumbs up in front of dozens of heavily wrapped parcels on pallets, marked Always.
Sophie Burroughs, research assistant at the North Dakota Women’s Network, with 50,000 sanitary napkins.

Kristie Wolff / Special for the Forum

The North Dakota Women’s Network has 50,000 sanitary napkins ready for free distribution to people across the state.

The distribution of sanitary napkins is part of the Women’s Network’s efforts to address the lack of access to menstrual products and education about menstruation. This problem, known as “menstrual poverty”, is estimated to affect millions of people around the world.

The Women’s Network, which does a variety of work to advocate for women in North Dakota, regularly distributes free menstrual supplies as part of its periodic project. Additionally, in the next legislative session, the Women’s Network plans to push for a bill that would end North Dakota’s tax on menstrual products.

The Youth Action Council, part of the Women’s Network, launched the era project in 2021. Since then, the initiative has distributed 1,100 era kits to schools, homeless shelters and pantry. The packs include pads, swabs and hand sanitizer, all packed in pencil pouches.

“(Period Project) is about ending that innate sense of shame that comes with the onset of menstruation, it’s about ending the misinformation, it’s about providing access to education and access to supplies,” said Olivia Data, coordinator of the Youth Action Council.

It was this work that helped make the Women’s Network one of Always’s 50 “Heroes of the Period” in 50 states.

Their price? 50,000 towels for the communities they serve.

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