Man fatally struck by train in Fargo late Thursday

FARGO — A man is dead after being hit by a train in downtown Fargo late Thursday, May 16.

A train-pedestrian crash was reported at 10:51 p.m. near Sixth Avenue and North Broadway, according to Fargo police. Police later found a man’s body and confirmed he had been killed in the crash.

A missing red panda found in tree near Fargo zoo

FARGO — A red panda discovered missing from the Red River Zoo Thursday morning, May 16, was safely returned his indoor holding space early Friday after zoo staff found him in a tree close to the zoo’s premises.

Zoo staff realized Sheffield the red panda was missing during a routine inspection at around 8:15 a.m. Thursday, spurring a day-long search for the animal, which is a part of an endangered species native to forests on the steep mountain slopes of the eastern Himalayas.

Thursday afternoon, zoo Executive Director Sally Jacobson said Sheffield was likely hiding in one of the many dense evergreen trees on the zoo’s 32-acre grounds. Later, he would be found grooming himself in a tree near the zoo.

“We have eyes on the panda right now,” Jacobson said just after 9 p.m., as zoo staff worked to lure Sheffield down from the tree, using grapes and bamboo as an incentive for the crate-trained panda to return to the ground and into a cage.

Sheffield is one of three red pandas in captivity at the Red River Zoo, which is known globally for its success in breeding the animal, according to the zoo’s website.

U.S. Senate confirms Yohe for global water rights commission

BISMARCK — North Dakota’s U.S. senators announced Thursday, May 16, that the chamber unanimously confirmed Fargo’s Lance Yohe to serve on the International Joint Commission.

The six-member commission’s membership is evenly split between the United States and Canada. It is responsible for preventing and resolving disputes over cross-border water rights between the two countries.

Yohe is the former executive director of the Red River Basin Commission.

Bismarck man, 26, killed in rollover north of Wilton

WILTON — A 26-year-old Bismarck man was killed when authorities say he overcorrected while driving a 1997 Ford pickup that left the roadway and rolled on Highway 83 north of Wilton early Friday morning, May 17.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol said the vehicle was northbound about five miles from Wilton around 2:15 a.m. when it crashed. The driver was ejected from the vehicle.

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