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MOORHEAD — A Hawley, Minn., man already facing a charge in Clay County District Court of sexually assaulting an acquaintance is now accused of trying to bribe the victim to make the case go away by offering to buy her a mobile home. Alexander John Cookson, 28, is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct, false imprisonment, conspiracy to commit bribery and attempted bribery, all felonies.
FARGO — A Mandan, N.D., company that paints stripes on pavement is challenging $17,746 worth of fines leveled against it by OSHA following a worker's death July 31 at Fargo's Hector International Airport. Darry Arveson Jr., 48, of Glen Ullin, N.D., was using a vehicle to paint lines on the runway when he was hit by an SUV driven by airport assistant director Darren Anderson. Anderson, who has worked for the airport since 1997, and his passenger in the SUV were not hurt in the crash. Arveson died at the scene.
FARGO — A Cass County District Court judge on Tuesday, Dec. 19, set the bail amount for a former Fargo priest who faces child sexual abuse charges at $5 million cash only — a stratospheric amount nearly unheard of in area courtrooms. Prosecutors had asked for the amount, arguing that Fernando Laude Sayasaya posed a flight risk, given that he fled to the Philippines about 15 years ago and never returned of his own volition, even though he told investigators at the time that he would return.
FARGO—Somebody remember to plug in Rudolph. Daily low temps in the Fargo-Moorhead area are forecast to drop to about zero Thursday and Friday night but, just like Santa and his reindeer, the real fun begins Sunday on Christmas Eve, when bone-chilling temperatures of double-digits below zero blanket the night. By Christmas Day, Monday, Dec. 25, the low temperature is forecast to hit the teens below zero with a high near zero. And that cold snap could linger for several days next week, with highs below zero or in the single digits and lows double-digits below zero.
DILWORTH, Minn.—Some area volunteer fire departments are getting Christmas presents from R.D. Offutt Co. The company is awarding grants of various sizes to 41 volunteer fire departments in areas where R.D. Offutt does business, with the total value of the gifts reaching about $500,000. One of the recipients is the Dilworth Fire Department, which is using its award to help pay for new radios, including radios for department vehicles and individual firefighters.
DILWORTH—Some area volunteer fire departments are getting Christmas presents from R.D. Offutt Co. The company is awarding grants of various sizes to 41 volunteer fire departments in areas where R.D. Offutt does business, with the total value of the gifts reaching about $500,000. One of the recipients is the Dilworth Fire Department, which is using its award to help pay for new radios, including radios for department vehicles and individual firefighters.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—Careless smoking is being blamed as the cause of a fire that killed a Detroit Lakes man on Nov. 25. A Minnesota State Fire Marshal report states that an investigation into the death of William McGrath, 72, found cigarette butts in the area where McGrath's body was found inside Edgewater Condominiums. The report said it was evident the fire started on the loveseat near where McGrath appeared to have collapsed on the floor.
FARGO—Large-scale repair work began Thursday, Dec. 14, on the exterior of downtown's Radisson Hotel building, which was damaged by high winds in late November. Exterior panels on the west side of the building had fallen off, prompting the closing of nearby streets out of concerns that pedestrians could be hurt if other panels fell. Those streets remained closed Thursday as well as the hotel's main west-facing entrance.
FARGO — A sunflower seed seller being sued by a rival company for allegedly using false advertising has launched its own snack attack in federal court. Earlier this year, Giant Snacks, a sunflower seed company based in Wahpeton, N.D., filed a lawsuit in federal court against Wild Dutchman, a South Dakota-based competitor, for what Giant says are false advertising claims regarding the salt content of Wild Dutchman's sunflower seed products.
MOORHEAD — The arts are very good for business in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area, and they could do more if businesses did more to help the arts. That was the message Dayna Del Val presented at an Eggs & Issues event the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce held here on Tuesday, Dec. 5. Del Val, president and CEO of The Arts Partnership, provided details from a new report that looked at the economic impact that nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences have on the greater Fargo-Moorhead community.