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FARGO—A nationally known economist who worked on Donald Trump's presidential campaign gave a Fargo audience his take on Trump's personality and performance as president during a keynote address at the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber's annual Economic Outlook Forum held Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Delta by Marriott. Stephen Moore, who has written on the economy and public policy for the Wall Street Journal, said that during his first meeting with Trump he realized something unexpected.
SABIN, Minn. — Authorities say a 19-year-old man fired a stun gun at a Clay County sheriff's deputy before the deputy shot him with a gun on Saturday night, Feb. 10, in Sabin. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension issued a news release Monday, Feb. 12, with details of the shooting that left Brady Allan Adrian with a gunshot wound that was not life-threatening. The incident happened about 8:50 p.m. Saturday when the Clay County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a Sabin home on a report of a suicidal man with a knife.
FARGO — A courtroom full of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind's loved ones heard a grisly tale of how the 22-year-old Fargo woman died after her infant daughter was cut from her womb by Brooke Lynn Crews, a neighbor who lured the pregnant woman to her death by asking for help. Prosecutor Tanya Johnson Martinez related the horrific story, one Crews told authorities, before Cass County District Judge Frank Racek sentenced Crews Friday, Feb. 2, to life in prison without the chance of parole.
FARGO — In 2015, the MODE outlet store brand was going strong with locations in Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks, Sioux Falls, S.D., and a handful of other cities. At the time, MODE creator Ciara Stockeland said her goal was to open 75 MODE stores by 2024. However, by fall 2017, the franchise had withered and many stores had closed. Stockeland closed her Fargo store, which she opened in 2007, stating she planned to take some time to be a mom and focus on relationships.
FARGO—This time of year, many people are getting ready to file their 2017 tax returns, but it's not too early to start thinking about the 2018 tax year because of the recently approved tax overhaul signed by President Donald Trump, according to one Fargo-area tax preparer. "The way you calculate your taxes in 2018 is going to be different than 2017, which is really not much changed from prior years. It's 2018 where we're going to see the changes," said Kent Busek, a partner at Busek Olson & Associates, which advises businesses on tax matters.
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.
FARGO — Documents unsealed this week in Cass County District Court shed light on the prosecution's approach to a case involving Darren Patterson, who is accused of causing another man's death with a punch outside a Fargo bar in May. Patterson, 43, is charged with felony manslaughter in the death of James "Jamie" Grant. Earlier this year, Judge Tom Olson, without explanation, sealed documents relating to the case.
FARGO — The emerald ash borer is getting closer to North Dakota. That's according to news from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which reports it has found the pest in Winnipeg. "Winnipeg is only a short 65 miles north of the North Dakota border," North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said in a written statement.
FARGO — A federal judge on Thursday, Dec. 21, sentenced a Chicago man to 40 years in prison for the sex trafficking of five women, including one minor. Prosecutors had asked for a life sentence for Anthony Collier, 30, but U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson said it was possible Collier might someday grow up and put his intelligence and talents to legitimate use.
FARGO — A Cass County District Court judge on Tuesday, Dec. 19, set the bail amount for a former Fargo priest who faces child sexual abuse charges at $5 million cash only — a stratospheric amount nearly unheard of in area courtrooms. Prosecutors had asked for the amount, arguing that Fernando Laude Sayasaya posed a flight risk, given that he fled to the Philippines about 15 years ago and never returned of his own volition, even though he told investigators at the time that he would return.