Morning headlines: Self defense or not? Fargo man accused of killing man at gas

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Here is your InForum Minute morning briefing for Tuesday, Oct. 5.

Raymond Gunn watches video evidence with his attorney Nicole Bredahl during a preliminary hearing Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, in Cass County District Court in Fargo. He's accused of fatally shooting Eric Hayes on July 24, 2021.
Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Raymond Gunn watches video evidence with his attorney Nicole Bredahl during a preliminary hearing Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, in Cass County District Court in Fargo. He’s accused of fatally shooting Eric Hayes on July 24, 2021.
Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor


FARGO — A man arrested after a shooting outside a convenience store pleaded not guilty to a murder charge Monday, Oct. 4, with the judge telling prosecutors they need to prove the killing was not in self-defense.

Raymond Christopher Gunn, 40, is accused of fatally shooting 41-year-old Eric Hayes of Fargo on July 24 at Loaf ‘N Jug, 1201 N. University Drive, next to the Bison Turf bar and across the street from North Dakota State University.

Gunn’s defense team tried to show he acted in self-defense after multiple arguments and confrontations. Prosecutors said self-defense should be argued at trial, and not during Monday’s preliminary hearing. Full story here.

Firefighters worked through the night battling a wildfire north of Wannagan Campground on the Little Missouri National Grassland. The fire is estimated at 4000 acres and is burning in the rugged North Dakota Badlands. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service - Dakota Prairie Grasslands)

Firefighters worked through the night battling a wildfire north of Wannagan Campground on the Little Missouri National Grassland. The fire is estimated at 4000 acres and is burning in the rugged North Dakota Badlands. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service – Dakota Prairie Grasslands)

BISMARCK — Almost 2,400 wildfires have burned more than 125,000 acres of land across North Dakota in 2021 so far, and as the state is in the midst of its traditional fall fire season, the state is urging residents to take precautions to prevent wildfires.

Some of the state’s largest wildfires have historically occurred in the fall, and depending on the weather and human behavior, North Dakota could very likely see even more acres burned in the coming months, said State Forester Tom Claeys.

“2021 could very well be in North Dakota a year where fires happen every month,” Claeys said. “That could be the future of what North Dakota looks like depending on the weather patterns, depending on individual fire starts and people’s behavior on the landscape.” Full story here.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Medicare beneficiaries in South Dakota, North Dakota and western Minnesota will soon be able to enroll in an all-in-one bundled health insurance option from Align powered by Sanford Health Plan which combines Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B coverage with more tailored, comprehensive health benefits and prescription drug coverage.

In a press release Monday, Oct. 4, John Snyder, president of Sanford Health Plan pointed out how this plan differs from other market options.

“We are excited to offer an integrated Medicare Advantage plan that will provide more benefits, new services and personalized care for Medicare beneficiaries,” Synder said. “What makes our offering stand out from other options on the market is that seniors will be able to join a Medicare Advantage plan that is backed by a network of Sanford Health providers working together to deliver personalized care. As a health plan that is part of Sanford Health’s comprehensive system of care, we provide members with innovative services and supplemental benefits to improve health and manage chronic conditions.” Full story here.

The check-in desks at Hector International Airport on Thursday, March 26, 2020. David Samson / The Forum

The check-in desks at Hector International Airport on Thursday, March 26, 2020. David Samson / The Forum

FARGO — During its meeting Monday night, Oct. 4, the Fargo City Commission by a vote of 3-2 reversed an action it took in September, when it voted by the same margin to eliminate a long-standing 2-mill levy for airport construction projects.

Those who voted to restore the 2-mill airport levy to the city budget included commissioners John Strand, Tony Gehrig, and Mayor Tim Mahoney.

Voting against the move to restore the mill levy were commissioners Dave Piepkorn and Arlette Preston. Full story here.

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