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FARGO—Two people were arrested following a road rage encounter this week that led to a chase on Fargo-Moorhead roads that court documents say was punctuated by two drivers ramming each other's vehicles. According to Cass County District Court documents: The trouble started about 5:45 p.m.Tuesday, Aug. 7, when dispatchers began receiving reports of two vehicles driving on grass and ramming one another. One caller told dispatchers both vehicles ran a stop sign in Fargo, and they were going about 70 mph when they nearly hit the caller.
FARGO – Wildfires in the western United States and Canada are the source of a haze that’s adversely affected air quality in North Dakota this week. By mid-morning Thursday, Aug. 9, the North Dakota Department of Health website showed air quality was unhealthy for people with sensitive respiratory systems over a large area, ranging from roughly the Fargo area to the Grand Forks area. Air quality in Bismarck was deemed to be unhealthy in general. Smokey air began affecting the region on Wednesday, Aug.
FARGO — U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in Fargo on Thursday, July 26, that many American Indian tribes are in free fall due to overdose deaths involving opioids. But he said multiple agencies are working together to battle the threat and he presented commendation awards to four law enforcement officers in North Dakota credited with saving the lives of people who overdosed on opioids.
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.
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.
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.
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.