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FARGO—The recent announcement by Best Buy that its stores will stop selling compact discs later this summer may have left some wondering whether CDs are spinning toward extinction. Not necessarily, says, Ross Raihala, pop music critic for the Pioneer Press in St. Paul. "Best Buy pulling CDs will hurt, but a lot of people have been saying this is the death knell for the CD format; I think that's a little bit of an exaggeration," Raihala said. "CDs still sell fairly well in other markets around the world, sales aren't dropping like they are here," he added.
WEST FARGO—A rumor is going around that Amazon is scouting the West Fargo area for possibly setting up some type of facility, perhaps something like the Amazon customer service call center in Grand Forks. West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern said he's heard the rumor, but has no direct information that would confirm that is what's going on. West Fargo Economic Development Director and Community Services Director Matt Marshal said he has heard the rumor as well, but he said he has had no direct contact with the company regarding any kind of plans it may have for West Fargo.
MOORHEAD—Many years ago, Jacey Henrichs' grandfather operated Tom's Pizza in Moorhead. Today, Jacey Henrichs says that genetic connection may be one reason he decided to leave the information technology field and start his own business—Jay's Smokin' BBQ—with his wife, Rochelle. Jay's Smokin' BBQ is the latest store to open in the Moorhead Center Mall, where Rochelle Henrichs and her sister-in-law, Dee Dee Sonstelie, purchased an antiques store—FM Antiques & Repurposed Market—in the mall last summer.
FARGO — A courtroom full of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind's loved ones heard a grisly tale of how the 22-year-old Fargo woman died after her infant daughter was cut from her womb by Brooke Lynn Crews, a neighbor who lured the pregnant woman to her death by asking for help. Prosecutor Tanya Johnson Martinez related the horrific story, one Crews told authorities, before Cass County District Judge Frank Racek sentenced Crews Friday, Feb. 2, to life in prison without the chance of parole.
FARGO — A Los Angeles-based company, CBRE, is partnering with Kilbourne Group to help market and manage lease space in the 125,000-square-foot Black Building in downtown Fargo, which is undergoing a renovation. Chance Lindsey, who works in CBRE's North Dakota office, will handle leasing duties involving the Black Building, which will have fully renovated office space available starting in April, according to information provided by CBRE.
FARGO—They held a party Sunday afternoon, Jan. 21, at the Front Street Taproom in Fargo, but the vibe was more reverie than revelry and patrons were more likely to get shushed than sloshed. Still, refreshments were quaffed and pretzels munched during the silent reading party hosted by the Fargo Public Library, which picked up on an idea started elsewhere in places like Seattle and Portland, according to Sarah Nelson, a librarian at the Fargo library. "I'm very pleased with our turnout today," Nelson said. "I know it's a busy day, with football and everything."
HAWLEY, Minn.—A juvenile male was injured Saturday afternoon, Jan. 20, after the snowmobile he was riding missed a curve on a trail south of Hawley and the rider struck a tree after being thrown from the sled, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office. The rider was taken to a Fargo hospital by air ambulance. The incident was reported about 3:30 p.m. Saturday. It happened about four miles southwest of Hawley. No other details were available.
FARGO — Steve and Kami Pederson have dined at Chick-fil-A restaurants while traveling, but on Friday, Jan. 12, the Pedersons and their young daughter, Evelyn, enjoyed a Chick-fil-A lunch in Fargo. The occasion: The restaurant held a training session for new employees, utilizing invited guests as willing training aids. "The customer service at the ones I've been at before has been just amazing, and I'm looking forward to that here," Steve Pederson said, adding: "I think we'll definitely be back."
FARGO—Silver Lining Creamery, an ice cream parlor that makes its own ice cream, plans to set up shop soon in downtown Fargo in a space formerly occupied by Metro Drug. The original Silver Lining is located in Rapid City, S.D. This coming summer will be the creamery's fifth summer in business, according to Michelle Pulling, who owns the company with her two sons. The Fargo location at 123 Broadway is expected to open in a few months, according to Pulling, who said Fargo will be the second store for Silver Lining.
FARGO – Prosecutors and the attorney representing Brooke Lynne Crews, the woman who pleaded guilty last month in the murder case of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, are requesting that the date of Crews’ sentencing be changed from 11 a.m. Jan. 16 to 1 p.m. Feb. 2. The prosecution and defense filed their request in a document called a stipulation to continue, which says the reason for the change is to make sure “all involved parties have the opportunity to be present.” A proposed order establishing the change is awaiting a judge’s signature.