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WEST FARGO — A bill making its way through the North Dakota Legislature would, if approved, make North Dakota the fifth state in the nation to officially observe Patriots' Day as a holiday. "I just think it's an opportunity for education, education, education," said Rep. Austen Schauer, R-West Fargo, who's a sponsor of the bill that has passed the House and is now on to the Senate. If approved, the bill would establish Patriots' Day as a state holiday.
FARGO — A youth hockey player was taken to a hospital after suffering a cut to the neck during practice Monday, Feb. 11, according to a manager for Fargo's youth hockey association. Emergency responders were called at 4:39 p.m. to Fargo Park District's Southwest Youth Ice Arena.
FARGO — A court hearing that lasted nearly two weeks is over, but it will be many months before Judge Ralph Erickson rules on the question of whether convicted killer Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. is intellectually disabled and therefore ineligible to be executed for the kidnapping and murder of 22-year-old Dru Sjodin. The hearing that began Jan. 28 in federal court in Fargo wrapped up Thursday, Feb. 7, with Erickson giving lawyers a total of four months to file briefs on the mental health issue, though that timetable will not start until a transcript of the hearing has been completed.
FARGO — A forensic psychiatrist testified in federal court here Tuesday, Feb. 5, that convicted kidnapper and killer Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. approached committing wrongdoing with a "criminal guile" that undermines his claim that he has an intellectual disability and therefore is ineligible to be executed.
FARGO — On Monday, Feb. 4, day six of a federal court hearing focused on whether Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. is ineligible for execution based on his mental health, the court heard testimony from a government-called expert who quoted Rodriguez regarding his views on religion and God.
FARGO — A forensic neuropsychologist testified in federal court that in his opinion, Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., who is on death row for the kidnapping and murder of a University of North Dakota college student, has an intellectual disability. Ricardo Weinstein explained his diagnosis during a hearing before Judge Ralph Erickson, who presided over Rodriguez's trial in 2006. Rodriguez was found guilty and sentenced to death in the 2003 killing of Dru Sjodin.
FARGO — Conflicting images emerged Tuesday, Jan. 29, of the man convicted of kidnapping and killing University of North Dakota college student Dru Sjodin in 2003, with some reports painting him as a broken figure from a very early age and others reflecting a picture of a mostly normal upbringing.
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.
MOORHEAD —Kent Tweten was riding his bike in south Moorhead in July when a car went through a stop sign and struck him. The car took off. Tweten was left with numerous injuries, including a fractured skull, a broken neck and other broken bones.
FARGO — A West Fargo man who pleaded guilty to allegations he tried to kill himself by driving into a parked car at more than 100 mph has received a deferred sentence in Cass County District Court. John P. Milligan, who was 62 when he was charged in August with reckless endangerment and reckless driving , pleaded guilty to both charges on Monday, Dec. 3.