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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.
KINDRED, N.D.—Chris Armbrust and her Dakota Fiber Mill in Kindred have been turning all kinds of wool into yarn since 2010, but this winter the shop added a felting machine that has opened up an entirely new line of products. Armbrust said the mill's felting capability was made possible with help from several quarters, including four students in the mechanical engineering department of North Dakota State University, who designed and built the felting machine as a senior project.
FARGO — The news that China intends to impose a 25 percent tariff on a range of U.S. imports — including soybeans, wheat, corn, beef, automobiles, chemicals and aircraft — turned up the heat Wednesday, April 4, on a subject that already has many agriculture and steel-related businesses in the state sweating. China's announcement comes in response to planned American tariffs on high-tech Chinese products.
FARGO — The North Dakota Attorney General's Office is suing a former Fargo home remodeling contractor in Cass County District Court on behalf of nine customers who were left with unfinished projects after making advance payments ranging from about $6,000 to $80,000, according to court documents. The lawsuit, filed on Friday, March 16, against Studs to Rugs and owner Tim Rosene, claims 43 violations of consumer protection laws, with monetary damages totalling nearly $300,000.
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.