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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—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.
WAHPETON, N.D. — Giant Snacks, a sunflower seed company based in Wahpeton, is suing a South Dakota-based competitor for what Giant says are false advertising claims regarding the salt content of sunflower seed products. Wild Dutchman, headquartered in Mound City, S.D., says on its packaging that its sunflower seeds have "Half the salt, all the flavor." In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court, Giant alleges Wild Dutchman's claim that its sunflower seeds have half the salt of all or most other sunflower seeds is false.
FARGO — A man charged in connection with a robbery and kidnapping this week in Fargo was in custody in Grand Forks on Thursday morning, Nov. 2. Mohamed Yarrow Ali, 19, is charged in Cass County District Court with conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit kidnapping. On Wednesday, Nov. 1, a woman called authorities about 4:40 a.m. to report that her son, Lucas Blomberg, had called her from Grand Forks where he was being treated in a hospital for injuries he suffered in an assault, according to court documents.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — On Sunday, Aug. 6, police here were called to a house where the bodies of a woman and a man were found in the basement, the apparent victims of a double shooting. A 3-month-old baby was found lethargic but alive in a swinging chair in the upstairs living room of the house. It was later determined the deaths of Cherish Petersen, 26, and Casey Jensen, 33, were the result of a murder-suicide, the incident having apparently started two nights before, on Friday, Aug. 4, when friends and family of Petersen, the murder victim, last heard from her.
FARGO — The nephew of a self-described white nationalist who wants to hold a pro-white rally in Fargo said Wednesday, Aug. 16, that he hopes no such event is held. But if it is, he wants large numbers of people to stand together in peaceful opposition. "If there's a Nazi rally in Fargo, there will be counter demonstrations. There are too many good progressive people in Fargo for there not to be," said Jacob Scott Wieber, 26, of Fargo.
FARGO — Scott Pruitt, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, attended a closed-door roundtable discussion in Fargo on Wednesday, Aug. 9, on the federal government's proposed revision of the Waters of the U.S. rule, known as WOTUS. Attendees of the roundtable held at North Dakota State University included North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven and U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, as well as representatives of a number of farm groups.
FARGO — A Fargo woman pleaded not guilty on Thursday, July 6, to charges she stole more than $450,000 from her elderly mother. The case in Cass County District Court against Caroline Conrad stems from 2015, when Conrad was charged with exploitation of a vulnerable adult and theft. Prosecutors alleged Conrad stole about $450,000 that her mother, Monica Morrell, had placed in a credit union account they had shared access to so it would be easier for her daughter to help her manage her finances.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A Dilworth, Minn., woman is accused in Clay County District Court of being part of a scheme that defrauded people around the world out of hundreds of thousands of dollars and led in one case to a victim committing suicide. According to court documents: In spring 2016, Hunter Rawson, a detective with the Dilworth Police Department, began investigating several fraud cases tied to a suspect identified in court documents as Barbara Ann Mulari, 55, of Dilworth.