HAWLEY, Minn. — Sept. 25, 2018, is a day tragedy struck the Bjorndahl family. Katie Bjorndahl's father, Aaron Bjorndahl, called her first thing in the morning, but the call went straight to voicemail which was abnormal. He called Katie's mother Lisa Bjorndahl to see if she had heard from her. She had texted, but received no response. Her mother then called Katie's workplace, where they said they couldn't get a hold of her and she didn't call in for work.
FARGO—Fargo could match or beat a record for a one-day snowfall during the first 15 days of October. According to Weather Service as of early Wednesday morning, total storm snowfall amounts expected for various locations included: Fargo-Moorhead, 3-4 inches; Grand Forks, 4-6 inches; Valley City, 6-8 inches. Locations like Hope in Steele County accumulated 5 inches of snow. The 3-4 inches expected in Fargo could match or beat the record on Oct. 7, 1894, for snowfall in the city from Oct. 1.- Oct. 15 at 3.3 inches.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — LGBTQ Minnesotans are responding to a report this week of a new gender-neutral option for state driver's licenses. At least one lawmaker is questioning why the option did not have legislative approval. Residents in Minnesota will now have the option to choose 'X' as their gender on their state ID if they don't identify as either male or female.
Editor's Note: This is the second installment for Above and Beyond, a regular video series that will look at people making a difference in their communities. If you know of someone who would make for a great story, email Austin Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org . FARGO—C.J. English is a popular author in the Amazon Kindle world for her best-selling weight-loss book, "WTF am I supposed to eat?", and has written two other memoirs that have been published. But the Fargo native wanted to be bigger. Not in fame, but in making an impact.
WEST FARGO—West Fargo mother Julie Zimny bought a cell phone for her 11-year-old son to keep in touch when they would go to friends' houses or when she and her husband were out of the house. She soon saw the number was getting dozens of calls and messages of men looking to get together. Zimny thought it was just the previous owner's ex-boyfriends looking to hookup, but she discovered something worse.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—Richard Chodek, who erected a fence that is preventing public access to a west-central Minnesota lake, defended himself against the state of Minnesota on Friday, July 20, after being charged with 12 misdemeanors. His hope to have the charges against him dismissed will be delayed by at least a month. Both him and the state of Minnesota will have until Aug. 17 to present their written arguments before a date for the jury trial will be set.
DALTON, Minn.—The conflict between Richard Chodek and the state of Minnesota over lake access has been fuming since November 2017. Chodek has now been charged with 12 misdemeanor counts, each of which carry a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. One misdemeanor is a personal nuisance of obstructing a highway, and the other 11 counts are harassment charges for keeping people from using Jolly Ann Lake in Otter Tail County.