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FARGO — A former attorney for Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. testified at a hearing in federal court on Monday, Jan. 28, that prior to Rodriguez's kidnapping and murder trial in 2006, he considered using mental deficiency as a defense, but decided against it based on the findings of an IQ test Rodriguez underwent. Rodriguez, 65, was convicted by a jury in 2006 of the 2003 kidnapping and murder of Dru Sjodin, a 22-year-old University of North Dakota student from Pequot Lakes, Minn.
FARGO — North Dakota, dubbed a "red state" for its tendency to vote Republican, turned even more crimson on Tuesday, Nov. 6, when Kevin Cramer won the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Heidi Heitkamp.
FARGO — Expanded daytime passenger train service from Fargo to Chicago with stops in between could become a reality if Minnesota lawmakers can be sold on the idea. That's the goal of a nonprofit group called All Aboard Minnesota, which is hosting a public forum on the subject Wednesday, Sept. 26, in St. Cloud, Minn. Currently, Amtrak's Empire Builder route accommodates long-distance travel between cities like Fargo, St. Cloud, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Chicago, with trains reaching Fargo at about 2 or 3 a.m.
FARGO — U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in Fargo on Thursday, July 26, that many American Indian tribes are in free fall due to overdose deaths involving opioids. But he said multiple agencies are working together to battle the threat and he presented commendation awards to four law enforcement officers in North Dakota credited with saving the lives of people who overdosed on opioids.
FARGO—North Dakota is a leader in the development of technology around unmanned aircraft systems—better known as drones—and the Trump administration has one question for the state: What impediments do you face in moving UAS technology forward? "Let us know, and we will seek quickly to unwind that," said Derek Kan, undersecretary of transportation for the U.S. Department of Transportation. Kan spoke Wednesday, May 30, at the start of the Drone Focus Conference held at the Civic Center in downtown Fargo.
Confirming what had been feared since a bankruptcy filing earlier this year, Bon-Ton Stores, the parent company of the Herberger's brand, will be closing stores that have helped anchor malls across the Upper Midwest. A bankruptcy filing list includes 20 stores in Minnesota, three in North Dakota and four in South Dakota that will close.
FARGO — The Herberger’s store in the West Acres Mall will be closing. The shopping center confirmed the news with a statement released Wednesday, April, 18. The timing of the closing was not clear, but it is tied to the bankruptcy of Herberger’s parent company, the Bon-Ton chain of stores, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February.
MOORHEAD—Successful entrepreneur and hotel magnate Gary Tharaldson shared stories from his business career during an event at Minnesota State University Moorhead on Monday, April 16, wowing his audience with tales of how a boy who grew up near Dazey, N.D., on a farm that didn't have running water built a company that was sold to its employees in 1999 for about $1 billion. About 15 years later, those employees walked away with about $600 million when they sold the company, providing many with a significant retirement fund, according to Tharaldson.
FARGO—Qigang Chang and Jacob Strombeck say they've always loved working at Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services. It's just that now they love it even more after the company decided to adopt an Employee Stock Option Plan, or ESOP, which holds the potential for a bright financial future when it comes time to retire. "I know it's a very positive thing for everyone at the company," said Chang, a project engineer at Advanced Engineering, which also goes by AE2S. Strombeck, a project manager at AE2S, agreed.
FARGO — In February, a fire at a home in Carrington, N.D., took the lives of three children. To much of the world, it was a sad news story. For Dawn and Brandon Tufte, it was much more. "They were our world," Dawn Tufte said, referring to the couple's three children: Spencer, 7, Melody, 8, and Alex, 11, who died in the fire. Tufte said unless someone experiences such a loss themselves, it may not be possible to understand what the fire took from them. "We lost the most important thing that was dear to us," she said.