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MOORHEAD — If you listen to public radio in the Fargo-Moorhead area, you may be familiar with attorney Zenas Baer's ubiquitous ads touting a small but curious aspect of his firm's legal expertise — "circumcision litigation." The ads, according to Baer, do what he wants them to do: raise the consciousness of listeners about the issue of infant circumcision and "get them wondering about it."
FARGO — The FBI last week released its annual statistical report on hate crimes and, for the first time in several years, North Dakota was not among the top 10 states based on hate crimes per capita. It's possible, however, the FBI report didn't contain pertinent data from the city of Fargo, which logged seven hate crimes in 2016 that may not be reflected in the FBI report. In the latest FBI report, North Dakota ranked 38th among the states and the District of Columbia for hate crimes per capita, with 1.05 crimes per 100,000 population. Since 2012, North Dakota ranked second in the na
MOORHEAD — Minnesota's nearly 200 roundabouts are cutting down on serious injuries and fatalities at intersections around the state, including one intersection south of Moorhead that in the past was the scene of deadly crashes. That's the conclusion of a newly released Minnesota Department of Transportation report that found an 86-percent reduction in serious crashes for intersections where roundabouts are put in place. The report also found roundabouts have reduced right-angle crash rates by 69 percent.
FARGO—Two men from Wheatland face charges in Cass County District Court connected to the theft of about $8,700 worth of grain from a bin at a grain storage company in Wheatland, 31 miles west of Fargo. Keith A. Strand is charged with one count of theft, while Chad M. Swanson is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit theft. According to court documents: Deputies with the Cass County Sheriff's Office were dispatched on Nov. 3 to Swanson Seed Service in Wheatland when the grain was reported stolen.
FARGO -- Two men from Wheatland, N.D., are accused in Cass County District Court of taking about $8,700 worth of grain that didn’t belong to them from a storage bin at a seed company in Wheatland, 31 miles west of Fargo. Keith A. Strand is charged with one count of theft, while Chad M. Swanson is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit theft.
WEST FARGO — The mother of a 13-year-old girl faces a felony charge of child neglect for allegedly allowing a 19-year-old man to sleep in her daughter's bedroom. According to court documents, the girl's mother knew the 19-year-old, Chad Francis Gourneau of West Fargo, was having sex with her daughter but let him share a bed with the girl. Gourneau was charged Wednesday, Nov. 15, in Cass County District Court with one count of gross sexual imposition, a Class A felony.
FARGO — When Fargo police officers Matt Bloom and Matt Niemeyer visit schools and playgrounds they've got their radar up, but wrongdoing isn't necessarily their focus. It's more like: Does that child need a stocking hat? What about boots? "We're constantly running into kids who have needs," said Bloom, who along with Niemeyer constitute the police department's community trust officers, an effort to build trust and understanding between police and the neighborhoods they serve.
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 — Two women face charges in Cass County District Court in what court papers say was an organized effort to pass counterfeit checks in the Fargo area. Amy L. Murray was charged Thursday, Nov. 9, with one count of illegal control of an enterprise, and Karen M. Louden was charged with one count of forgery. Court records did not list an attorney for either woman. According to court documents:
MOORHEAD—Voters today will elect members to the Moorhead and Barnesville school boards and the Dilworth and Barnesville city councils. In the Moorhead School Board election, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Twelve people are running for a single one-year seat on the Moorhead School Board that was vacated when Laurie Johnson resigned in late 2016 to move out of the district.