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The case of a Las Vegas man charged with adultery in Cass County District Court ended Monday with a judge ruling the law unconstitutional. East Central District Judge Frank Racek ruled the rarely seen misdemeanor statute fails the constitutional tests of due process under North Dakota law and equal protection under the 14th Amendment. The issue arose in the case of Lucius James Penn, a 29-year-old U.S. Air Force engineer who met a 16-year-old Fargo girl while on assignment to the U.S.
As North Dakota State University grows, so do the surrounding neighborhood's parking problems, residents who live in the area say. Neighborhood resident Tom Hall, for one, said he watches often as people drive through the Roosevelt neighborhood in north Fargo and "stalk" parking spots along the road. The problem is those people don't live in the neighborhood and often block the driveways of those who do, Hall told Fargo city commissioners Monday. That's why Hall and fellow neighbors Paul Ostby and Chuck Solly are proposing a residential parking permit system for their neighborhood to help g
Robert M. Limanen, 62, New York Mills, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2005, in St. Marys Nursing Center, Detroit Lakes, Minn., under the care of hospice. Services will be held at a later date. Mr. Limanen was born Nov. 8, 1942, in New York Mills. On July 6, 1963, he married Sally Sterling in Faribualt, Minn. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1966 until his honorable discharge in 1970.
Faye Pepple, 65, Fessenden, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005, in MeritCare Hospital, Fargo. Faye Lafferty was born Nov. 20, 1939, in Leyden, N.D. She attended school in Walhalla, N.D. On Sept. 8, 1958, she married Ervin Pepple in Crookston, Minn. They lived in several locations in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. In the mid-1960s, they moved to Emrich, N.D. In 1968, they moved to Fessenden. She worked for Jack and Jill Store, Fessenden, and as a cook for Fessenden Public School. He died in 1998.
The Dakota Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has scheduled its 13th annual MS Walk April 23. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. at Fargos Shanley High School, 5600 25th St. S.
A Fargo nonprofit resource center that helps immigrants gain self-sufficiency has won an award from the Northwest Area Foundation. CHARISM Community Center is among four winners that each will receive $100,000, said Karl Stauber, president of the St. Paul, Minn.-based foundation. Other winners of the inaugural Great Strides Award are in South Dakota, Minnesota and Montana. The award recognizes communities that have taken steps to reduce poverty.
LUVERNE, Minn. -- A woman accused of hijacking a bus at knifepoint in southwestern Minnesota was committed Monday after telling a judge she has a mental illness. Jewel Anna Stands, 18, of Utica, Pa., was ordered sent to the Willmar Regional Treatment Center after appearing in Rock County District Court. Prosecutors said Stands agreed to be committed for her own protection. The driver and two passengers were injured during the Feb.
One of the two men injured in the crash of a small airplane here over the weekend has been released from the hospital, and officials say the second man is improving. MeritCare officials said Craig Sutter was discharged Monday morning. The pilot, James George III, remained in the hospital, but his condition was upgraded to guarded. He was listed in critical condition Saturday. The single-engine Cessna the two men were in crashed after takeoff Saturday afternoon in a residential neighborhood. George owns a Fargo flight school, and Sutter is one of the firms employees.
People wanting to help fight hunger in Minnesota can do so during March when U.S. Bank branches across the state become community collection sites for cash and food donations for area food shelves. The 2005 Minnesota FoodShare campaign -- Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Its the Minnesota Way -- is from today through March 31. Since 2001, food shelf use has increased 40 percent statewide, Sue Kainz, campaign coordinator for the March Minnesota FoodShare campaign, said in a news release.
The North Dakota Humanities Council has scheduled a presentation at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Beckwith Recital Hall on the campus of North Dakota State University. Nikki Berg, a doctorate student at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, will present Image vs. Reality in the Old South: The Working World of Elite Slaveholding Women. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (800) 338-6543 or visit www.nd-humanities.org .