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Forum says will publish gay marriage notices

July 29, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

“Starting today, The Forum will accept for publication the announcements of gay marriages, engagements and anniversaries if the marriage takes place in a state or country where it’s legally recognized,” Editor Matt Von Pinnon wrote in his column. The newspaper was criticized locally and online for refusing to publish the marriage notice of a lesbian couple who plan to marry in New York, where gay marriage is legally recognized. Continue Reading

Forum will publish legally-recognized marriages

July 29, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Right now, that means anyone engaged to be married or who was legally married in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, the District of Columbia and several foreign countries could have their announcement published in The Forum. The scope of this policy will change as states and countries change their marriage laws. Continue Reading

Senate ag chairwoman tours N.D. with Heitkamp

July 28, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said that retiring Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., is a close ally in the Senate and that she needs a fighter with a heart for public service like Heidi Heitkamp to replace him. The pair held “forum” appearances in Mandan and rural Fargo today. Continue Reading

Inventor-entrepreneur touts driverless tractor concept

March 19, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

If you ever imagined what the future of agriculture looks like driverless tractors crawling across the vast Red River Valley farming landscape then meet Terry M. Anderson. He says he’s going to make it happen in 2012 and 2013. Anderson, 69, whose official address is Spearfish, S.D., has tested a half-scale model of such a tractor near a second home in Texas. He has sets of teams of experts working on the machine at St. Michael, Minn., near Minneapolis. Continue Reading

Officials report that a fire in fargo hotel puts 1 in hospital

March 4, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Fargo officials report that a fire at the Grand Inn hotel landed one person in the hospital.

The fire broke out at about 8 p.m. Saturday and was contained to one room of the hotel, which is on 14th Avenue South. The room’s occupant was taken to Essential Health and treated for smoke inhalation. City officials say no condition report is available. Continue Reading

Fargo-Moorhead looks to be gay and lesbian tourist destination

March 3, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Slowly and quietly, the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has been working up a plan to market the region as a gay- and lesbian-friendly destination. The plan is still in its infancy, but the CVB ultimately hopes to tap into an estimated $70 billion in annual domestic economic impact generated by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender tourists a cohort that travels heavily and wields outsized disposable spending power. Continue Reading

Survey finds North Dakota to be best work environment in the nation

February 27, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Johnny Paycheck’s song “Take This Job and Shove It” won’t find many sympathetic ears in North Dakota. A recent survey shows that if you work in North Dakota, you get more satisfaction from your job than those who work anywhere else in the United States. Continue Reading

N.D. exports increase 33 percent in 2011

February 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Oil, shovel-loaders, agricultural tractors and wheat led the way to a 33 percent jump in the value of North Dakota goods being sold to foreign countries in 2011, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. Continue Reading

Fargo Jet Center launches shuttle service to oil patch

February 19, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The Forum reports that the Fargo Jet Center has launched a private aircraft shuttle service to Williston, Minot and Dickinson. Same-day, roundtrip airfare ranges from $675 to $875 per passenger. Continue Reading

Fargo soldier awarded Purple Heart

February 4, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Three years after suffering a traumatic brain injury from a mortar attack in 2008 while on duty, Ouart finally got recognition for his service by being awarded a Purple Heart at a ceremony Saturday at the Armed Forces Reserve Center. Continue Reading