What you’re reading on inforum, April 6-12

Top 10 stories on inforum.com April 6-12

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Lisa Vanderpump’s husband sued over alleged bar brawl 19,103
MSNBC’s Ed Schultz explodes at caller, goes on foul-mouthed tirade 17,469
I’m sorry, I feel terrible’; downtown eatery Bertrosa’s to close 15,888
Moorhead police investigate two minor league hockey players for reported sex video with 15-year-old 12.521
10-year-old girl dies in southwest Minnesota bale fire 11,184
Last call for Saul: Bison horns part of ‘SNL’ skit 10,865
Medicate payment numbers show Fargo ophthalmologist received more than $4 million 2012 10,806
Fargo woman charged with killing boyfriend in dispute, accused of lying to police about man falling off car 10,250
Red Robin restaurant to land in Fargo 9,662
UND sorority in trouble for pro-nickname banner during Indian-themed Time Out Week 9,294

Daily article views for inforum.com April 6-12

Sunday 75,049
Monday 109,439
Tuesday 104,974
Wednesday 85,586
Thursday 105,789
Friday 94,193
Saturday 81,557

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What you’re reading on inforum.com, March 30-April 5

Top 10 stories on inforum.com March 30-April 5

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VIDEO: Massive storm proves hard to predict 35,948
Area school districts running out of bad weather make-up days, respond to critics of called-off day 18,659
Suspect in fatal stabbing near Fargo Cash Wise pleads guilty, testifies against three others charged with murder 15,257
Robin Huebner Reports: “It was life or death”: Confessions of an ‘everyday alcoholic’ 11,999
Fargo man charged with possession of child porn after Google tip 11,955
Cable One drops 15 channels after negotiations fail with Viacom 11,610
Garrett Grommesh continues months-long fight to heal; his 55th surgery is planned today 11,379
South Moorhead man, 20, charged with sexually assaulting 2 girls under 10 10,250
VIDEO: Ex-Bison player tried to sell FCS championship ring 9,936
Winnipeg couple in altercation at West Fargo arena banned from games for 3 years 8,824

Daily article views for inforum.com March 30-April 5

Sunday 71,918
Monday 119,962
Tuesday 99,846
Wednesday 111,354
Thursday 111,998
Friday 105,356
Saturday 62,901

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Fargo couple’s surprise engagement caught on camera at Target Field

Danielle Cochran of Fargo will now have the perfect reason to continue to have a seat in the big glove in the plaza of Target Field.

For Matt Johnson, she is quite the catch.

She got engaged there Monday when Johnson popped the question before the Minnesota Twins home opener.

The moment was caught by a WCCO-TV camera.

“We’re big Minnesota sports fans,” said Cochran. “This is the third year in a row we went to the home opener.”

Cochran said they were taking pictures with a group of friends in the plaza, and afterward, Johnson asked her for a photo in the glove.

“Here’s my chance,” Johnson said. “The girls had taken their pictures and I thought, ‘I got to pounce right now.’ The glove is pretty slippery and Danielle almost fell off. I told her just to sit there a minute.”

“Then he turned around in front of me and got down on his knee,” Cochran said.

By then, the TV camera was already trained on the couple.

Cochran said it was pretty exciting to have the moment available for family and close friends to see.

The couple work at Radio FM Media. Johnson is an on-air personality who goes by Scotty Matthews” on Big 98.7.

The couple appear in the video at the 1:22 mark.

What you’re reading on inforum, March 23-29

Top 10 stories on inforum.com March 23-29

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Kenmare woman accused of starving son to death; 13-year-old weighed 21 pounds when he died 17,561
WDAY’s Daryl Ritchison to leave TV for job at NDSU 15,752
‘He was one of a kind’: Friends, local pilots mourn loss of popular air show flyer ‘Fang’ Maroney 15,065
Sonic to set up shop on 45th Street 12,126
Moorhead police use Taser on naked man, found yelling, running around waving his arms around in parking lot 11,926
Montana bride who pushed husband off cliff gets more than 30 years 10,259
‘From a nightmare to a miracle’: Lexi Bolstad continues remarkable recovery; LexiJam set Saturday 10,197
17-year-old finds relief in sports after deaths of father, brother 9,889
Farmers question future in face of F-M diversion plan 9,689
Man missing since December found dead in central Minnesota 9,618

Daily article views for inforum.com March 23-29

Sunday 72,236
Monday 119,055
Tuesday 101,007
Wednesday 111,568
Thursday 118,309
Friday 189,347
Saturday 56,783

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About that ‘Cinderella’ tweet

Just moments before No. 12 North Dakota State stunned No. 5 Oklahoma last Thursday night, the @ndsumbb account showed this post on Twitter:

It quickly was retweeted by SportsCenter and, well, nearly 7,000 times following NDSU’s 80-75 overtime victory. It has since been a “favorited” tweet about that same number.

So what we wanted to know is who punched out this clever little gem of a tweet.

That would be Wes Offerman, who spearheads sports information for the Bison men’s team.

“I fired it off with a few seconds left in overtime before I had to get out on the floor to help arrange postgame interviews,” Offerman said.

On a day of several upsets in the Big Dance, Offerman took advantage of the immediate reaction Twitter would provide the late-night upset. However, he said, he didn’t overthink what he was going to post.

“It definitely wasn’t something I had planned in advance. You just kind of try to stay in the moment and have fun with it,” he said. “I figure if it’s something I’m thinking or something that gets me excited, it’s probably something that’s going through our fans’ minds, too.

“Twitter is a lot more about emotions and feeling included as part of a group than most people realize. People want to share their feelings and have that communal sense of involvement. I think I just kind of got lucky, and the timing was perfect.”

The tweet was the centerpiece of a story on The Huffington Post’s website, showing it against one that Harvard posted with mixed reactions.

Offerman’s tweet wasn’t the only highlight for the SID. Known to dunk from time to time at different arenas where the Bison play, his slam at Spokane Arena was shown during the TruTV broadcast that night.

“Seeing that tweet explode was cooler to me than the whole dunk story, hands down. It brought the publicity to our school and to our basketball program. Those guys on the team are the ones who deserve the attention, so I’m just happy the tweet was able to do that for 24 hours or so.”

What you’re reading on inforum, March 16-22

Top 10 stories on inforum.com March 16-22

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Nicholas Spaeth, former ND attorney general, found dead in Fargo 40,729
Officer who killed himself was to be fired for accidental discharge of Taser 34,557
Missing girl found in ditch near Abercombie 24,943
Fargo woman accused of prostituting at home; faces child neglect charge 14,996
Fargo man dies after falling off moving car during dispute 12,808
Bison stun Oklahoma for OT win in NCAA tournament 12,654
Authorities arrest 14 in porn website involving 251 children, 12 from ND 11,693
Former Detroit Lakes High School principal investigated before resigning 9,808
UP to 10 inches of snow hitting central Minnesota northeast to Duluth 9,474
FAA questions height of downtown Fargo skyscraper 9,214

Daily article views for inforum.com March 16-22

Sunday 92,363
Monday 192,172
Tuesday 153,847
Wednesday 118,793
Thursday 112,789
Friday 117,341
Saturday 64,530

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Bison victory tops Facebook’s trending list

North Dakota State’s 80-75 overtime victory in the second round of the NCAA tournament Thursday night trended to the top of Facebook’s recently unveiled trending list shortly after midnight.

According to Facebook’s definition:

Trending shows you the popular topics and hashtags that are being talked about on Facebook. You’ll see stories from people and Pages who’ve shared them with you or have shared them as Public. From the right side of your homepage, click a topic that’s trending to see what people are saying about it.

NDSU was followed by free agent Jared Allen’s visit to Seattle and posts about actor Bradley Cooper. Sitting in the fifth spot was a guy who made a successful guess on “Wheel of Fortune” (video)

What you’re reading on inforum, March 9-15

Top 10 stories on inforum.com March 9-15

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‘Today was a bad day’: Fargo police grieve loss of lieutenant who killed himself 77,330
Fargo police suspect killing was drug-related; 26-year-old found dead after disturbance in Cash Wise parking lot 35,783
Friday night crash kills one son of The Roosters’ lead singer, leaves his other son in intensive care 21,068
Skuza investigation to be done within days; police lieutenant left note for family before killing himself 19,698
Teen dies 18 days after being found unconscious in Fargo South swimming pool 16,858
Fargo police arrest one for murder; release victim’s name 15,442
26-year-old found dead on train tracks near University Drive in Fargo 13,330
Groin kick spurred suspension of Frazee coach, teacher 11,792
Dawson-Boyd students mourning death of classmate who police say fled rural party 10,782
West Fargo man accused of crashing car full of passengers on purpose 10,596

Daily article views for inforum.com March 9-15

Sunday 80,182
Monday 108,281
Tuesday 175,662
Wednesday 136,596
Thursday 126,128
Friday 127,573
Saturday 85,961

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Do you have NDSU getting to Sweet 16? Duhamel does

There’s a lot of talk already that North Dakota State matches up well with Oklahoma and the historical volatility of No. 12 vs. No. 5 could go in the Bison’s favor.

But then the Bison could run into problems trying to get past San Diego State or New Mexico State.

On fivethirtyeight.com, the tournament forecasting model by Nate Silver and Matthew Conlen, the number crunchers the Bison a 15 percent chance to make the Sweet 16. Then just a 2 percent chance to make the Elite Eight and a less than 1 percent chance at the Final Four.

Actor Josh Duhamel posted on his Facebook site his bracket. The Minot, N.D., native has the Bison winning two games before being stopped by ‘Zona. Several of his nearly 1,000 comments on his bracket share his faith in NDSU winning a couple games.

Here’s Duhamel’s full bracket:

Levi Hall, a merchandiser for Walsh Grain Terminal in Park River, N.D., has the Bison advancing to the Sweet 16. Here’s part of his West Region bracket.

Says Hall on his reasoning:

  • If they can keep the tempo slow I think it knocks OU out of rhythm from 3 and out of transition (they’re two strengths). Bjorkland will have a big game with no real inside presence for OU and once they start to double he shows off his ability to kick out from the post.
  • San Diego St has been struggling offensively to put points on the board lately. I don’t think it’s completely unreasonable.
  • Arizona beats NDSU handily. They’re a very good team.
Do you have the Bison advancing to the Sweet 16 or more? Send me your bracket at rbeer@forumcomm.com and we’ll show it off here. I’ll need a bit more explanation than just “GO BISON!” if you have them advancing into the Sweet 16. 

What you’re reading on inforum.com, March 2-8

Top 10 stories on inforum.com March 2-8

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Friday night crash kills one son of The Roosters’ lead singer, leaves his other son in intensive care 36,437
Two women killed in crash near Hillsboro were sisters 22,903
New Fargo pharmacy owner accused of stealing prescription pills from former boss, apologizing with basket of muffins 22,518
Fargo bar owners take issue with new pub 19,967
Metro’s first gated communities planned in West Fargo 12,986
Principal arrested in connection with fire at Dickinson Trinity 12,497
Fargo couple involved in shootout with deputy tied to burglary at veterinary clinic 11,691
WATCH IT: New Town-Rugby buzzer beater is ESPN’s top play 11,570
Fargo man pleads not guilty in fight with sister over toilet seat 11,142
Fargo man accused o kidnapping, sexual assaulting runaway teen 10,824

Daily article views for inforum.com March 2-8

Sunday 91,722
Monday 126,486
Tuesday 122,410
Wednesday 129,186
Thursday 138,545
Friday 108,258
Saturday 105,545

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