Here’s several Fargo-Moorhead flood videos from national and regional outlets that have aired since Friday:
Entertainment video source Buzz60 offered up this video today of actor Tom Hanks.
Yes, the same one that appeared at TNT’s Diner in West Fargo recently causing a surge in the North Dakota coolness factor.
But Tom Hanks apparently is cool himself, and he’s a big fan of diners, too.
He wanted to know if anyone knew who it was.
So after some email exchanges and video review, Wade Baird, the president of Skydive Fargo!, believes its his wife, Becky, or himself who were caught in this rare occurrence.
Today, Baird is still trying to find out exactly who it is.
The next transit of Venus is December 2117.
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Here’s some of the top headlines on inforum.com on this date:
ONE YEAR AGO: A massive blaze destroyed the Galleria on 42nd apartment building in Fargo, displacing 150 residents of the complex.
TWO YEARS AGO: Light snow created slippery driving conditions on bridges and overpasses in the Fargo-Moorhead area, catching motorists by surprise and leading to several accidents.
Eight accidents – three of them rollovers – were reported between 6 and 7:10 a.m. on interstates 29 and 94 in Fargo and West Fargo.
THREE YEARS AGO: Opening-day ticket sales for a Jan. 17 Fargodome concert by rock music giants AC/DC were “very brisk” Saturday, according to the dome’s general manager. Tickets, which are $69.50 or $89.50, went on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday.
FOUR YEARS AGO: Three people were arrested today when authorities seized a methamphetamine laboratory in south Fargo.
The Cass County Narcotics Task Force and the Fargo Police Department’s narcotics investigators served the warrant this morning at a residence in the 2200 block of Third Avenue South, according to a news release.
FIVE YEARS AGO: Fargo’s airport is giving its viewing park double duty as a cell phone park – a free place for drivers to wait for arriving passengers.
Hector International Airport is promoting the park as a way for motorists to pick up passengers without clogging the lanes in front of the passenger terminal.
The Forum strives to be very transparent when it comes to sharing our page views. Each Friday, our multimedia producer Ryan Babb collects and distributes a blog for public consumption showing our most- and least-read stories, as well as inforum.com’s and areavoices.com’s weekly numbers.
On Wednesday, more than 53,000 pageviews resulted from the developing story on the manhunt for Joseph Megna in a rural Tower City, N.D., cornfield. That number that was bolstered by our story-sharing ability with the Jamestown Sun and the Grand Forks Herald websites later in the day.
Our reporters and photographers are becoming increasingly better equipped to file photographs and video on location. It was on display Wednesday when photo chief Michael Vosburg and reporter Mike Nowatzki returned several video files and still photos that we began to post immediately.
Our raw video of the search, and later when Megna spoke from the back of a law enforcement SUV after his capture, collected more than 23,500 views, totaling more than 25,300 minutes. That’s 18 days worth of viewing.
Headlines from inforum.com on this date:
2006: A blood stain the size of a dot from a ball point pen came under fire by the defense for Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. during a special hearing. A judge’s ruling on the evidence, considered critical by prosecutors and the defense, could prove to be a turning point in a trial still mired down with jury selection. Rodriguez is the accused kidnapper and murderer of Dru Sjodin.
2007: MINOT, N.D. – Members of the North Dakota congressional delegation say a new law should help victims of the 2002 train derailment that killed one man and injured hundreds here.
A homeland security bill with provisions related to rail safety passed the U.S. Senate late Thursday night and the U.S. House on Friday. The bill says that the Federal Railroad Safety Act doesn’t prevent people from collecting in personal-injury lawsuits brought against railroads.
Sen. Kent Conrad and Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., said President Bush is expected to sign the bill.
2008: The driver of a truck that struck the Eighth Street South bridge over Interstate 94 on July 25 in Moorhead faces pending citations for careless driving and not having the proper driver’s license, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
2009: Luis Gonzalez has won a World Series and now the former major leaguer gets a chance to call one in Fargo.
Gonzalez, who helped the Arizona Diamondbacks win a World Series crown in 2001, will offer color commentary for some of the Web casts at the American Legion World Series, which starts Aug. 14 at Newman Outdoor Field.
Former major leaguer Jeff Kent will also help in the coverage. Kent is slated to work the tournament on Aug. 15-16, while Gonzalez will cover Aug. 17-18.
2010: A reportedly stolen car crashed into a gas pump and started on fire early today in south Fargo, forcing authorities to close a major thoroughfare as firefighters battled the blaze.
An officer noticed the car traveling at a high rate of speed on 13th Avenue South at about 1:55 a.m. and tried to make a traffic stop, but the car fled south, according to Fargo Police Sgt. Joe Anderson.
The driver tried to turn left onto 20th Avenue South but was going too fast and crashed into the gas pumps at the Stop-N-Go at 2002 25th St. S.
The vehicle and some gas that spilled onto the ground started on fire, WDAY-TV reported. The car was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, and 25th Street was blocked off because of the danger.
Occasionally, I plan to browse the inforum’s archives and highlight some of the stories that appeared on this date in recent years.
Here’s parts of stories that appeared on inforum July 15:
Five years ago
HASTINGS, Minn. — A man convicted of sabotaging telephone cables in Fargo, a decade ago is back in jail, charged with stealing more than $10,000 in trailer parts.
Before leaving prison last year, Wade Duane Arvidson, 42, also known as Michael Damron, threatened to commit one “evil act” a month against the public. Arvidson’s most infamous crime was Jan. 21, 1995, when he cut 19 thick underground phone cables so he could disable a Fargo electronics store’s alarm system and rob it of $80,000 in equipment.
His actions left 20,000 people in North Dakota and northern Minnesota without phone service, and caused an estimated $1 million in damage.
Four years ago
BISMARCK – North Dakota gasoline prices are reported among the highest in the country, and retailers say they have no idea how long the surge will last.
“We don’t have an answer,” said Perry Palm, an operator at the Magellan Pipeline Terminal in West Fargo, which is facing its second shortage of supplies in a month. “At this point, I can’t really tell anything.”
Three refineries in the region are either shut down or running at limited capacity due to bad weather.
On Friday, North Dakota gasoline prices were ranked the sixth highest among the states at an average of $3.266 a gallon for regular unleaded, AAA’s Fuel Guage Report said. Michigan was the highest at $3.345 per gallon.
Three years ago
NEW YORK – Josh Hamilton dreamed it. Now he’s done it.
With a dazzling display of power Monday night, the Texas Rangers slugger hit a record 28 homers in the first round of the All-Star Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium before he was beaten out by Minnesota’s Justin Morneau in the finals.
Morneau topped a tired Hamilton 5-3 in the last round, giving him the derby title.
Two years ago
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – A 23-year-old Grand Forks resident finished 26th in the World Series of Poker’s main event Wednesday in Las Vegas.
Jesse Haabak, who grew up in McVille, N.D., and graduated from Dakota Prairie High School, earned $352,832 for his placing in the field of 6,494 players.
He was among the 27 players who started the day, filling three tables. But he lasted less than an hour, largely because he had one of the smaller chip stacks.
One year ago
Severe thunderstorms early Wednesday pounded the Red River Valley, causing power outages but no reported injuries and little property damage.
Storms sweeping the region brought heavy rain, strong winds and hail, but there was no tornado damage, despite reports of some funnel clouds, the National Weather Service said.
Meteorologist Geoff Grochocinski with the NWS in Grand Forks said damage caused by the storm came from straight-line winds.
At least 7,500 homes in the area lost electricity in the wake of the potent storms, according to power companies in the region.
About 4,100 Xcel customers in Fargo along the Red River between Main Avenue and Interstate 94 lost power from 4:40 to 6:50 a.m., and 1,070 lost power in north West Fargo at 4:50 a.m. before it was restored by 8:20 a.m., Xcel spokeswoman Bonnie Lund said.
FARGO – Forum Communications Co.’s Areavoices sites are showing their power this week as the heartbreaking week in the Minot area unfolds.
Bloggers in that area are sharing their thoughts, insights and images directly to our website. And there’s more bloggers in that area signing up every day.
On Thursday, we reached 121,961 page views across all areavoices.com sites. Our flood blog had more than 17,000 hits.
“That many hits demonstrates the role that communities can play in the telling of large news events,” says community content manager Shane Mercer, who organizes bloggers for Areavoices. “The phrase that comes to mind is the blog just blew up.”
Indeed, blogs are more than one person’s rant or rave about obscure topics. In a sense, we’ve been opening the door for people near or at the scene of news events and post their own eyewitness accounts to a large audience.
We hope the bloggers who’ve recently signed up continue to share their words and images with us. Your words are being read, and your photographs are being seen.