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​‘This was a play straight from hell’

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 27th, 2018

William Hoehn looks on as a picture of Savanna Greywind is shown on screens in court - photograph by C.S. Hagen

FARGO – “My life has been repeated loss of everything,” William Hoehn said to his mother over a jailhouse phone recording. He sounded frustrated, angry. “Repeatedly and totally.”

Hoehn, 33, was warning his mother to stay away from a previous fiancée, Tanith McCloud on September 16, 2017. A month after his final arrest, facing charges of conspiracy to murder Savanna Lafontaine Greywind, unsure at the time if he would be facing the death penalty, his concern was to tell his…

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I beg your pardon

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 27th, 2018


graphics by Raul Gomez

All Donald Heitkamp wanted in 2010 was to find the person responsible for his pesticide-destroyed crops. Instead, the farmer of wheat, corn, and soybeans in Richland County became embroiled in a battle against what he calls corruption, secretive pardons, and a state department agenda to protect big business.

Smiles still come easily to the 66-year-old farmer, despite his eight long years of fighting the system. He’s not jaded, and although his own investigations and requests for help…

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‘I’m fighting for everyone’

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 26th, 2018


Ruth Buffalo, running for the North Dakota House of Representatives for West Fargo's District 27 - photograph by C.S. Hagen

FARGO – Ruth Buffalo’s Nike sneakers are worn treadless. She’s walked hundreds of miles knocking on more than 3,000 doors in South Fargo’s largest district to introduce herself and her bid for a legislative seat in the state’s House of Representatives.

She’s Fargo’s broad-shouldered mother, a kind-eyed, relentless force to be reckoned with, speaking reason while too many others toe parochial lines.

This year a record number of Native women and men are running for office…

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​Republicans missing from local candidate forum

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 25th, 2018

Picture of the League of Women Voters of the Red River Valley debate Tuesday night

FARGO – Instead of coming together to debate local issues, state Republicans were oddly all simultaneously missing from a televised open forum Tuesday evening coordinated by the League of Women Voters of the Red River Valley.

The forum between districts 11 and 21 occurred at the City Commissioners meeting room, and was televised on Fargo’s cable access channel. The forum is an opportunity for constituents to ask their legislators questions and become informed about elections and…

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​Savanna’s convicted murderer tells her story

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 25th, 2018

Brooke Lynn Crews, convicted in her role of murdering Savanna Greywind, swears to tell the truth in court - photograph by C.S. Hagen

FARGO – Brooke Lynn Crews, a one-time aspiring fiction writer, feminist, a student of psychology, spun an intricate web of lies that even she began to believe. When the truth snapped her from the daily journaling of her faked pregnancy, it was too late for her to change. She decided to steal another’s child.

She stole the child, Crews said in court, because she couldn’t stand the thought of losing her former boyfriend and co-conspirator, William Henry Hoehn, currently facing…

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​Police arrest man for McDonalds murder crime

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 24th, 2018

Miguel Jay Cooley Sr. - Facebook

FARGO – Police arrested a man Monday evening on charges related to Sunday’s shooting death at Main Street’s McDonalds.

Miguel Jay Cooley Sr., 44, of Moorhead, was charged with the homicide of Gabriel Perez. Cooley was located at a private residence in Rochester, Minnesota by the Austin Police Department S.W.A.T. team who was working with the U.S. Marshall’s High Plains Fugitive Task Force, North Star Fugitive Task Force, and Mower County Sheriff’s Office, according to Fargo…

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​Savage fantasies

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 24th, 2018

Medical examiner's Too beautiful for earth tattoo photograph on Savanna Greywind's foot and one of the accused murderers, seated left, William Henry Hoehn - photograph by C.S. Hagen

FARGO – Years before Savanna Lafontaine Greywind was murdered, her unborn child ripped crudely from her womb, William Henry Hoehn, accused accomplice, had savage fantasies.

Hoehn choked his former girlfriend for pleasure, Tanith McCloud, formerly of Grand Forks, now living in Moorhead, said in court. She met Hoehn while working for a marketing company in Grand Forks taking drive through McDonalds orders along the West Coast.

“Once in a while he would try and strangle me,” McCloud,…

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Police Alert: Fargo Police Looking for Homicide Suspect

by HPR Staff | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 23rd, 2018

Fargo Police looiing for the driver of this vehicle, pictured here with handgun, at McDonalds on Main Street - photograph provided by Fargo Police

FARGO – On Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 5:33 a.m., Fargo Police officers responded to medical assist at the McDonalds located at 905 Main Avenue. Once on scene, officers located a male, in his twenties, laying in the parking lot with multiple gunshot injuries. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fargo Police officers and detectives began investigating the incident, and determined the victim was sitting on a curb next to the building when a dark blue or black Chevy…

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​‘Never went anywhere’

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 22nd, 2018

U.S. Congressman Kevin Cramer speaking at President Donald Trump's Rally in Fargo - photograph by C.S. Hagen

FARGO – Time after time, Congressman Kevin Cramer makes light of sexual misconduct allegations and of provisions in law protecting women against violence. Repeatedly, he has mocked women who do not toe the conservative line, and has threatened violence against Native women.

Most recently Cramer said on CNN and on local Jarrod Thomas radio show that the claim against Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh was “absurd,” and he justified Kavanaugh’s actions approximately 30 years ago…

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​Police alert: Fargo Police Looking for Homicide Suspect

by HPR Staff | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 21st, 2018

Christopher B. Riley - photograph provided by Fargo PoliceFARGO – Police are looking for young man in connection to a homicide in South Fargo. 

On Friday, September 21, 2018 at 11:23 a.m., Fargo Police and Fire personnel responded to an apartment located within 2302 17 St. S. for medical assist. The caller had told dispatchers an adult male had shot himself, but the caller was not on scene. Fargo Fire personnel arrived on scene and advised Fargo Police responding units there was a deceased person within the residence.

Fargo Police officers…

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