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FARGO — A federal judge has set a hearing date for Jan. 28 to consider claims by attorneys for Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. that his conviction and death sentence should be set aside because jurors at his trial heard false testimony. Judge Ralph Erickson allotted 10 days for the hearing. He set the hearing date during a status conference held Tuesday, July 10, in Erickson's chambers. The prosecution said it is still deposing expert witnesses expected to be called by the defense.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—As of Saturday night, July 7, authorities in Fergus Falls were continuing to search for the driver of a vehicle involved in a high-speed chase through the city earlier in the day that resulted in a call for people in some parts of town to shelter in place. According to a report released by the Fergus Falls Police Department: Around 1:40 p.m. Saturday dispatchers received a driving complaint call regarding a vehicle whose occupants were suspected of drug use.
FARGO — Attorneys for Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. have filed papers in U.S. District Court here asking that his conviction and death sentence be set aside, claiming jurors at his trial heard false testimony. Rodriguez, 65, was sentenced to death for the 2003 kidnapping and murder of Dru Sjodin, a 22-year-old University of North Dakota student. Prosecutors at his 2006 trial told jurors that Sjodin was raped and her throat was slashed at least twice.
MOORHEAD—City and state officials gathered here Monday, June 4, to discuss ways to help Moorhead residents avoid what one nonprofit organization calls the "debt trap" of payday loans. Exodus Lending, which helped organize Monday's meeting, says many residents in the region who take out payday loans face fees and interest rates upward of 200 percent after they become stuck in a cycle of debt marked by constant renewal of loans and the paying of interest and fees on an ongoing basis.
WEST FARGO—A driver shortage has recruitment efforts in overdrive as area trucking companies seek to attract a younger generation to an industry that touches nearly every aspect of the American economy. "Just look around, almost every item you see in a work space or other setting was on a truck at some point," said Melissa Dixon, president of the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association, a group that is keenly aware of how difficult it is for companies to find and keep qualified drivers.
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.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—When Melany Thomas goes to sell her beef cattle, potential buyers will sometimes direct their questions to her husband, who quickly sets them straight, according to Thomas. "She's the one that's raising them, I'm just her farmhand," Thomas said, quoting her husband, Evan, who helps her with the family's grass-fed livestock operation near Fertile. Women who run farm operations still encounter people surprised to see them in such a role, but that is changing as women increasingly take on more responsibility on farms across the country.
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.