Authorities confirmed a U.S. Census worker died by asphyxiation but were releasing few other details about the mysterious case nearly two weeks after Bill Sparkman's body — with the word "fed" scrawled on the chest — was found hanging from a tree near a family cemetery secluded by Appalachian forest.
Allen G. Breed and Jeffrey McMurray
, September 25, 2009
A new report shows North Dakota is one of only 10 states with more births last year. The report from the National Center for Health Statistics says the state had 8,973 live births in 2008 compared with 8,837 in 2007 and 8,599 in 2006.
East Grand Forks grew from 7,769 residents in 2007 to 7,812 last year. The city also has enjoyed a large growth since 2000, when the Census said there were 7,501 residents — 2008’s population estimates show an increase of 311 people, or 4.15 percent, over the past eight years.
North Dakota’s largest cities and some of its smaller counties are growing, new census figures show. The state as a whole grew about 0.6 percent for the year ending last July. The Fargo-Moorhead area was among the fastest growing metro areas in the region.
Numbers increase in N.D., Minnesota The number of farms in the United States in 2007 rose by 4 percent over 2002, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2007 Census of Agriculture, released today.
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