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RURAL BARNESVILLE, Minn. — A couple is accused of stealing roughly $80,000 worth of collectables from a home in rural Barnesville, including Nazi memorabilia and four guns. Amber Hedstrom and her boyfriend, Justin Marlen, were each charged Thursday, May 25, in Clay County District Court with nine counts of felony theft.
FARGO — Mary Locken was aiming to fire a warning shot. This single working mom wanted to put fear in the hearts of her teenage sons who'd both been caught using pot and pills. So she called the Fargo police and made a request, one they had never heard before. She wanted a police dog to sniff the rooms of her house for drugs. Officers obliged, but no stash was detected, only residue.
FARGO — City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn was a no-show at a Thursday, April 13, meeting where the Fargo Human Relations Commission released a controversial report, requested by Piepkorn in October, on the costs and benefits of refugee resettlement. Piepkorn was the only city commissioner not at the City Hall meeting attended by over 100 people. Barry Nelson, a member of the Human Relations Commission, told The Forum he believed Piepkorn was on vacation.
FARGO — North Dakota, Minnesota and other states could be without Amtrak service if a proposal in President Donald Trump's budget becomes reality. The president's budget calls for eliminating federal funding for Amtrak's "long distance train services, which have long been inefficient and incur the vast majority of Amtrak's operating losses."
FARGO — For nearly 40 years, the federal government has subsidized commercial passenger flights to out-of-the-way towns like Devils Lake, N.D., and Thief River Falls, Minn. Proponents of the program, known as Essential Air Service (EAS), say it supports small airports and helps rural economies stay competitive. But it's often criticized as congressional pork. The EAS program, as it has in years past, landed on the chopping block this month with President Donald Trump's budget blueprint calling for its elimination, which would save about $175 million per year.
FARGO — A pair of evidentiary hearings in Alfonso Rodriguez Jr.'s appeal of his death sentence have been delayed again. An evidentiary hearing on forensic issues in the murder case was to start Tuesday, March 28, but it's now set to begin June 20. Seven days have been allotted for testimony, but only four days may be needed, court records stated. Another evidentiary hearing, focused on Rodriguez's mental health, was set for June 20 and could last four days or more. But that hearing will be moved to a later date, court records stated.
Every legislative session, hundreds of lobbyists descend upon the statehouses in Bismarck and St. Paul, trying to achieve their legislative agendas. Some are hired guns contracted by various groups to work on a variety of issues, while others are in-house lobbyists employed by the groups they represent. In North Dakota and Minnesota, a handful of groups stand out because of the number of lobbyists they have.
FARGO — With smoking being the No. 1 cause of preventable death in the U.S., tobacco companies and health groups seemingly would be clear opponents in statehouse politics. But that stark division can get blurred in North Dakota and Minnesota where, according to state records, at least a half dozen lobbyists are registered to represent both tobacco firms and health organizations — groups like the North Dakota Hospital Association and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
FARGO — A man convicted of cutting phone cables under Fargo in 1995, causing $1 million in damage and interrupting phone service for 20,000 people in the process, is now facing an arson charge in Dakota County, Minn. Michael Duane Damron, 52, and his brother, Wynn Donald Arvidson, 50, are each charged with first-degree felony arson in connection with a fire that damaged the historic Eagan Town Hall in the early hours of Sept.
FARGO, N.D. — In the case of Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., the price of seeking justice has been pricey. The cost of his legal defense in federal court combined with the cost of incarcerating him has climbed above $1.5 million — a bill that’s footed by taxpayers. This cost has been no doubt influenced by the fact that a jury sentenced Rodriguez to death after finding him guilty of the 2003 kidnapping and killing of Dru Sjodin, a Grand Forks, N.D., college student from Pequot, Minn.