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FARGO — Ricky Marquart did the right thing. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of his graduation from West Fargo High School with old friends and classmates on June 14, he found himself in the Silver Dollar Bar early the next morning. So he ordered a Lyft ride from the app on his smartphone. The driver, identified as Travis on the app, arrived promptly and drove Marquart home. The ride took 13 minutes, from 2:21 a.m. until 2:34 a.m. on July 15, according to the receipt Marquart received on his phone.
FARGO—Billie Sutton has a story to tell about how he's gotten to the point of having a puncher's chance of being South Dakota's next governor. It involves a young man possessing a bright and unlimited future, having that path he'd paved disappear in an instant, followed by a new future that might end up in the governor's mansion. Pretty good stuff, no? Particularly when you take into account Sutton happens to be a Democrat in a state that glows about as red politically as its neighbor to the north.
FARGO—From defending a peeping Tom as "a very good man" to saying that all chain-link fences are created equal, whether they are holding children like caged dogs or simply enclosing a playground, it's been a rough past few weeks for Kevin Cramer.
WOODWORTH, N.D.—The alleged level of deception is stunning and the number of lies staggering, really, in court documents involving the Woodworth, N.D., woman accused of running an adoption scam. And it was all for a shot at $1,800, or maybe a little more. There's most likely not a price tag you can put on the confusion and heartbreak it caused.
MINNEAPOLIS — The most talked-about moment of the Minnesota Twins home opener at Target Field happened before the game. As part of the special ceremony to kick off the Twins' 58th season, a bald eagle named Challenger was supposed to swoop into the stadium during the national anthem and land on its trainer's gloved hand.
Eric Johnson's experience at January's NFC Championship game in Philadelphia was not as horrible as it was for some Minnesota Vikings fans. But it wasn't exactly a walk in the park, either, and that led the West Fargo resident to complain to the National Football League. It appears his voice is being heard, along with the voices of many other Vikings fans.
MINNEAPOLIS—Tom who? For that matter, Carson who? At least for now. In a Super Bowl in which it was expected the greatest quarterback in NFL history was going to outshine the career journeyman, it was the journeyman who outshined the GOAT. And pretty much everybody else, including Pink and Justin Timberlake. Nick Foles, welcome to immortality. Not only was he every bit the passer of Tom Brady on this day, Foles also showed he's the better receiver. "Just another game," Foles deadpanned afterward.
ST. PAUL—It only got a little weird during Carson Wentz's interview session at Super Bowl media day Monday, Jan. 29. Seated a few rows into the Xcel Energy Center's stands so he could rest his injured left knee, Wentz fielded questions from Fargo reporters and a handful of national types who spotted the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback among the zoo the NFL runs prior to the big game.
PHILADELPHIA—Carson Wentz isn't talking to the media while he rehabilitates his injured left knee, but that didn't stop the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback from celebrating a trip to the Super Bowl. Wentz was in the mass of bodies on the field and in the celebratory locker room afterward—using a cane for support—after the Eagles defeated the Minnesota Vikings 38-7 Sunday night, Jan. 21, in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles are headed to Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 4.
PHILADELPHIA—Miracles are fleeting, apparently, easily crushed by the weight of history and the overcooked expectations of a long-suffering fan base. That, and a better team. Give the Philadelphia Eagles credit. They outplayed the Minnesota Vikings in every aspect of the NFC Championship Sunday night, Jan. 21—and they waited until they had an insurmountable lead in the fourth quarter before leading their fans in a mocking Skol chant.