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FARGO — At first sight, Sylvia Peach Leiviska doesn’t seem like someone who could take down a 600-pound blue wildebeest. But the 12-year-old Fargo girl, who’s 4-foot-8 and 75 pounds, has quite a story to tell about the animal she snagged on safari with her family in South Africa last summer. In photos, holding the crossbow and rifle she used, she’s dwarfed by the wildebeest’s massive body. “It was just crazy how big it was,” she said.
FARGO — On his recent, grueling journey through the Alaskan bush, Dan Binde ate foods that were low in variety but high in practicality. He lived on ramen noodles, instant potatoes and dehydrated meat that he carried by backpack, stopping at villages every 200 miles or so to replenish the supplies from packages he shipped in advance.
GLYNDON, Minn. — Prosecutors have decided not to file criminal charges in connection with a 9-year-old Moorhead girl's drowning at a swimming hole packed with nearly 180 kids on a June day. The prosecutors' memo declining charges and a 60-page report on the drowning investigation were released by Clay County authorities Monday, Oct. 1, as a result of a public records request by The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.
FARGO—Post-traumatic stress disorder began to rear its ugly head in the life of U.S. Army Capt. Garrett Ruud during a second deployment to Afghanistan. He took early retirement in late 2017 due to PTSD and returned to his native Fargo to try to cope. At times, Ruud wouldn't leave his house. "There's a lot of anxiety that comes from it, a lot of sense of not being secure. Social anxiety as well, being around large crowds, noises, those sorts of things," he said.
GLYNDON, MINN.—A woman who was at a popular swimming hole near here when a child drowned said she thinks there weren't enough chaperones for the large youth group in attendance and that some weren't watching the kids. Another witness said she doesn't think searchers went into the water quickly enough after the girl was believed missing. The Clay County Sheriff's Office said Grace Elizabeth Bettie, 9, of Moorhead, died Wednesday, June 27, at Buffalo River State Park.
FARGO—The Cass County Sheriff's Office says they've safely located a missing Casselton, N.D. woman who was last seen in Fargo on Friday, June 8. Kate Kieffer, 41, of Casselton, N.D., was last seen in the area of the West Acres mall in Fargo Friday afternoon.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—A steady stream of hefty drug seizures during traffic stops during the past nine months has been a bonanza for area law enforcement agencies. However, success in that arena brings big challenges in others. The latest bust was May 30 on Interstate 94 near West Fargo, when 100 pounds of marijuana was confiscated after a trooper pulled a driver over for an equipment violation. "We're getting better at it," said Lt. Troy Hischer of the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
SEBEKA, Minn. — A central Minnesota couple is feeling a little like new parents after a rare birth on their farm. A cow gave birth to quadruplet calves on Chuck and Deb Beldo's beef cattle farm near Sebeka on May 24 — all tiny, but appearing to be healthy, so far. The couple is bottle-feeding the calves, two females and two males, almost around the clock. "We are looking for volunteers for that midnight feeding," Chuck Beldo joked, as the calves nestled into a makeshift shelter on the farmyard.
FARGO — As members of the North Dakota Air National Guard here in 2011, Matt and Micaela Brancato lost two dear friends within a span of just two months. Air Force Maj. David Brodeur was killed in a shooting at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, that April. He was Matt's roommate at the U.S. Air Force Academy. West Fargo native Eric "Dirk" Ziegler died when the F-16 he was piloting crashed during training in Nevada that June. "We went to back-to-back memorial services," Micaela Brancato said.
FARGO—As the leader of Bell Bank's Pay It Forward program here, Julie Peterson Klein is accustomed to finding ways to make others happy. Now, the tables are turned as co-workers are helping make her childhood dream come true. She and her mother will watch movie stars stroll by on the famed red carpet at tonight's Oscars in Hollywood. The Oscars Live broadcast will air on ABC beginning at 6 p.m. CDT. Peterson Klein said she won't believe it until she sees it. "I think I've been in complete shock," she said.