Blake Gumprecht / Forum News Service
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held hearings Wednesday, Oct. 25, on two bills introduced by North Dakota senators to address issues raised after the killing in August of a 22-year-old Fargo woman, Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, and abduction of her newborn child.
WASHINGTON — In September 2010, Stella Marie Trottier-Graves, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, went to a bar with her cousin. She was never again seen by family members after that night. Thirteen days later, they were notified that her dead body was found in the pickup of a male tribal member. In 2005, Lakota Rae Renville, a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribe of North and South Dakota, met a man online and moved to Missouri to be with him.
Cool, damp weather over the last week and a colder-than-normal growing season has slowed the harvest, particularly for soybean and corn growers in North Dakota and Minnesota. Only 18 percent of soybeans in North Dakota had been harvested through Oct. 1, compared to 41 percent last year and 43 percent on average, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. In Minnesota, 13 percent of soybeans had been harvested, compared to 40 percent on average.
FARGO — Community members saddened by the tragic death of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind were given the opportunity to pray and have their sorrow swept away in a traditional ceremony on Thursday night, Sept. 21, at Island Park.
FARGO — An online petition calling for the condemnation and demolition of the north Fargo apartment building where the slain Fargo woman, Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, lived and was last seen alive, is stirring up controversy. The petition, posted to change.org, was created on Friday, Sept. 8, by a "concerned neighbor." As of Tuesday afternoon, it had 2,250 supporters. The creator had removed the full petition, and said that the petition and results would be mailed to the city of Fargo.
FARGO — Ashton Matheny, boyfriend of the slain Fargo woman, Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, now has full legal custody of their baby girl, Haisley Jo. A Cass County District Court judge on Tuesday, Sept. 12, dismissed the order that had placed the baby in protective custody of Cass County Social Services after she was found in the possession of one of the suspects charged in the case.
MANDAN, N.D.—Mandan isn't Charlottesville. Or Standing Rock. The crowd gathered along Mandan Avenue outside the main gate of the refinery where President Donald Trump spoke here on Wednesday, Sept. 6, was small, largely quiet and mostly polite. Trump supporters outnumbered protesters 2-to-1 in the block closest to the gate by the time the president spoke mid-afternoon. Marty Beard of tiny Stewartsdale southeast of Bismarck was the first to arrive at 8:30 a.m. He wore a bowler hat and a long beard befitting his name.
FARGO—After 10 days of misery, Ashton Matheny finally got to feel a little joy this week. Matheny, boyfriend of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, the pregnant Fargo woman who disappeared and whose body was found eight days later in the Red River, finally got to see the baby girl that everyone assumes is theirs. The baby is being held in protective custody by Cass County Social Services until DNA results can confirm that they are the parents.
FARGO — A Fargo family has been searching frantically for a missing 22-year-old woman who is eight months pregnant and disappeared from a northside apartment building without a trace on Saturday, Aug. 19. The woman, Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, left her family's apartment on 10th Street North to help an upstairs neighbor who needed a model while sewing a dress, but she never came home and hasn't been heard from since.