My graduate school adviser wrote an interesting column taking a look at Sept. 10, 2001 …. “our last day of peace,” as he called it. You can find his column here:
After reading it, I decided to look at North Dakota news from Sept. 10, 2001, to see what our lives were like before the fateful day nine years ago. Feel free to comment if you remember that day and want to share what you remember.
Here’s a sampling of what was in The Forum that day:
Fargo to unveil skateboard park plans tonight/By Joy Anderson
The Skateboard Jam today will provide a place for area skateboard enthusiasts to congregate for one night, and if plans unveiled there are well-received, it could lead to skateboarders having a permanent home in Fargo. At the jam, plans and a clay model of a proposed skateboard park to be built at Dike West — if it gains funding and Fargo parks department approval — will be displayed. Skateboarders will be able to voice their opinions on the design through a comment box, said Clay Whittlesey, assistant director of recreation in Fargo.
Special Report, Rich get bulk of farm aid, Survey: Money flows to people like Ted Turner By John Kelly Associated Press
Almost two-thirds of the $27 billion in federal farm subsidies doled out last year went to just 10 percent of America’s farm owners, including multimillion-dollar corporations and government agencies, a review of Agriculture Department records by The Associated Press shows.
Party patrol nabs 49 for underage drinking Forum staff reports
Fargo police’s party patrol nabbed 49 underage drinkers over the weekend. All of them were charged with being minors possessing or consuming alcohol. Of the 49, 45 were between the ages of 18 and 21. The other four were under age 18.
Schools still available for adoption By Helmut Schmidt
Wanted: Caring firms or organizations for three Fargo elementary schools. Act now and get pick of the litter! Two handy locations on north side, Longfellow and McKinley; and on the south side, Centennial. Warm fuzzies included. Ask for Steve at the (701) 446-1041. Fargo’s Adopt-A-School program is close to covering all 15 primary schools. The program, created by the Fargo Public Schools Foundation, covers 11 elementaries and the Eagles Kindergarten Center.
Tough loss to take, Winnipeg completes comeback, eliminates Hawks By Eric Peterson
WINNIPEG — Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks closer Steve Montgomery threw 94 pitches. Winnipeg Goldeyes starter Shawn Onley closed. There was nothing normal about Game 5 of the Northern League Central North championship series Sunday at CanWest Global Park. Winnipeg catcher Ryan Robertson ended a physical and emotional roller-coaster ride with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning. The RBI lifted Winnipeg to a heart-pounding 11-10 victory before a sellout crowd of 6,505 fans.
A little eastern exposure, Fargo, Jamestown teachers among 200 heading to Japan By Helmut Schmidt
Lots of people plan trips for business or to relax. Barry Olson is planning for his next trip to change his life. Olson, an eighth-grade teacher at Fargo’s Discovery Junior High School, is one of two North Dakota teachers who will visit Japan this October as part of the Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program.
Olson aims to learn as much as he can about education and culture during his three weeks in the land of the rising sun, and share that knowledge back home in the land of the wind-chill factor. “I know it’s going to be a life-changing experience. I know that,” he says. Also heading to Japan is RaeAnn Vandrovec, a third-grade teacher at St. John’s Academy in Jamestown.