Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Member for
- 5 years 7 months
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.
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.
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.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—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.
AITKIN, Minn. — A Hastings, Minn., man was sentenced Friday, March 23, to 180 days in jail in the case of a 2016 hit-and-run that caused the death of a 10-year-old girl. Steven Lee Meier, 45, earlier pleaded guilty in Aitkin County District Court to one count of criminal vehicular homicide for leaving the scene of an accident in the death of Caylin Donovan, a girl from Lake Park, Minn., who died after a vehicle struck her near Lake Mille Lacs.
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.