Forum staff reports
TEA, S.D. — The first Hindu temple in the Dakotas now has an official opening date. The Hindu Temple of Siouxland in Tea, a South Dakota town southwest of Sioux Falls, is set to open Sunday, Oct. 14. The temple is said to be the first operational Hindu temple in the Dakotas. Efforts to build the South Dakota temple began in 2009 to accommodate a growing South Asian and Hindu community, Archana Chatterjee, chairwoman of the temple's board of trustees, previously said. The temple was scheduled to open Aug. 26, but heavy rain caused construction delays.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sanford Health CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft is swatting down widespread rumors that he was thinking about resigning or was asked to leave his job. "If it wasn't so sad or scurrilous, I'd laugh about it," he told SiouxFalls.Business in a recent interview. "But people get worried about things like that. I think it's unfortunate. I've got to believe my own people heard that and went 'right' or 'good grief.' "
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The affiliation between Sanford Health and Good Samaritan Society has cleared government reviews without objection, and the organizations now plan to unite Nov. 1. The two organizations announced the latest in their planned union in a joint statement.
ALEXANDRIA, MINN.—A Fargo man helped to rescue an elderly Minnesota woman whose drove off a bridge under construction on Interstate 94 and plunged into Lake Latoka near here. The accident happened Saturday afternoon, June 16. Beverly Edith Toso, 76, of Hoffman, Minn., was driving eastbound in a westbound lane of I-94 when she drove off a bridge that was being replaced.
FARGO — A former Catholic priest pleaded guilty on Thursday, May 17, to two felony counts of gross sexual imposition stemming from accusations that he sexually abused two boys in the 1990s while assigned to churches in Fargo and West Fargo. Fernando Sayasaya changed his plea on the two counts during a Thursday afternoon dispositional conference, according to court documents. He previously pleaded not guilty to the charges, both Class B felonies, at a Feb. 14 hearing.
WADENA, Minn.—Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash near here Sunday, Oct. 1. According to a report released by the Minnesota State Patrol: The crash happened about 9:40 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 10 and Otter Tail County Road 75. An SUV driven by Jenna M. Petersen, 24, of Sioux Falls, S.D., was southbound on the county road. After stopping at a stop sign, the SUV proceeded into the intersection and collided with a vehicle that was eastbound on Highway 10 driven by Donna L. Wiirre, 71, of Iron, Minn.
Ashton Matheny, the boyfriend of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, has provided Forum Communications with photos of his presumed newborn daughter, Haisley Jo. In an email to WDAY-TV reporter Sarah Rudlang, Matheny said that he "would not release any photos of Haisley Jo until she was in his care." Matheny has since posted the photos of Haisley Jo to his own personal Facebook page.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—Midco officials say they have yet to identify what was at the heart of a disruption of Internet and email service that occurred Friday, Jan. 13. The service interruption affected about 300,000 Midco customers throughout South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota, including the Fargo-Moorhead area. The issues began about 8:15 a.m. Friday and were largely resolved by 5 p.m. "We don't know the root cause (of the problem), but we have some preliminary causes," Jon Pederson, Midco's Chief Technology Officer, said in a written statement.
FARGO—An unknown problem was disrupting Internet service as well as some other services for many Midco customers Friday, Jan. 13. Erin Johanning, director of communications for Midco, said the problem began about 8:15 a.m. Friday and is affecting customers in many of Midco's service regions, including the Fargo area. While the company's cable TV service is largely unaffected, on-demand cable service is affected in some areas, Johanning said.