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Photo shows what is described as animal feces in a car owned by Fargo resident Yosef Mohmad.

How Do We Know Fargo Vandalism Was a Hate Crime?

“In the parking lot of a South Fargo apartment building, a Somali man said his car was broken into and animal feces was spread all over it,” WDAY television reports. The conclusion political activists are leaping to – from national groups like CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) to groups regional and local to Fargo

Drummers sing as people gather around during a remembrance service for Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind Monday, August 28, 2017, at Mickelson Park in Fargo. Dave Wallis / The Forum

An Apology for an Error, and a Word About Opportunism

In my Sunday column, which was about how we all get along a lot better than the news entertainment industry would like you to think, I made a truly unfortunate error. I made reference to the Fargo/Moorhead community uniting behind the family of Savanna Greywind, only instead of Savanna I wrote Samantha. I made the

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Audio: Fired Fargo Cop Tells His Side of the Story

Fargo police officer David Boelke was fired yesterday by Chief David Todd for a number of reasons. You can read Todd’s memo justifying the termination below. I had Boelke on my radio show today alongside his attorney Mark Friese of the Vogel Law Firm. I asked Boelke why this happened. “I don’t know if this

David Myers, executive director of Center for Interfaith Projects, speaks during an anti-hate rally Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, in front of the Civic Center, Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Hate Crime Legislation Is as Pointless as the Death Penalty

Proponents of the death penalty justify that policy by suggesting that it deters crime. The problem is there’s no evidence that it does. There seems to be no causal relationship between the death penalty and crime incidence at all, anywhere. So why bother with the expensive and legally/emotionally fraught exercise of putting prisoners to death?

Hukun Abdullahi, executive director of the Afro American Students Association speaks during a meeting where the Somali Council of Elders was introduced to local Moorhead leaders and the Somali community on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. Rick Abbott / The Forum

Head of Fargo-Moorhead Refugee Group Owes the Community an Apology

In my Sunday print column I wrote that an ugly incident in the parking lot of a Fargo Walmart between a white woman and three Somali women has “served as a sort of bat signal for political opportunists eager to swoop in and use this anecdote as leverage.” Consider these comments, as quoted by my

A statue of Woodrow Wilson stands Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Woodrow Wilson High School at Agassiz in south Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

How About We Don’t Judge People by the Color of Their Skin?

Earlier this week I wrote about the controversy surrounding a Fargo high school named after former President Woodrow Wilson. My colleague Jim Shaw wrote a column saying Wilson’s name should be removed from the school because he was a racist and a bad president. Which are true things. He was a racist. He was also

The current Woodrow Wilson High School is housed at Agassiz in south Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service

Don’t Erase Ugly History, Teach It

There is a controversy in Fargo over the name of Woodrow Wilson High School. Wilson was a Democratic president and an early luminary of the progressive movement. He presided over the implementation of a host of progressive policy priorities including the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Reserve Act, the Clayton Antitrust Act, the Federal Farm

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