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FARGO — Longtime North Dakota public servant Drew Wrigley was unanimously confirmed Thursday, April 11, by the U.S. Senate as the new U.S. attorney for the state, a position he previously held for nine years. The U.S. attorney is the top federal prosecutor in the state and oversees an office of attorneys who prosecute federal crimes and represent the government in civil lawsuits.
ARGUSVILLE, N.D. — Two wanted men who tried to hide from Cass County sheriff's deputies in the frigid waters of a flooded drainage ditch about noon on Monday, April 8, near Argusville are in jail after first being taken to a hospital for hypothermia. Sheriff Jesse Jahner said deputies spotted two vehicles sitting on a berm along the ditch about a mile southeast of Argusville and went to check on them. They were told by two people near the vehicles that the two men with them probably didn't want to talk with the deputies.
FARGO — Since the record-breaking 2009 flood — and even before — the emotional process of buying homes in flood danger zones has gone fairly smoothly, according to two of the city engineers deeply involved in the work. However, there have certainly been some stumbling blocks along the way, with some buyout cases lasting more than four years and two going to the courtroom in eminent domain jury trials.. Both jury trials weren't even for homes along the Red River, but rather along a drainage ditch that carves its way through south Fargo. One was a high-profile case involving Gary and Sue C
FARGO — Dr. Rich Vetter, chief medical officer for Essentia Health of Fargo, said the health organization is taking a cautious approach in working with patients who would like to try medical marijuana for their conditions. And to his knowledge, none of the doctors at Essentia so far have certified any patients.
BISMARCK — The attorneys general in North Dakota and Minnesota have joined a unanimous number of their peers nationwide in urging the U.S. Senate to approve legislation to curb illegal robocalls and spoofing. A letter sent by Wayne Stenehjem of North Dakota, Keith Ellison of Minnesota and other attorneys general to the Senate's Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation said the legislation would enable states, federal regulators and telecom providers to take further steps to combat the calls. The legislation would:
FARGO — Michael Montplaisir was officially and unanimously appointed as the Cass County auditor in a meeting on Monday, March 4. The longtime auditor will no longer be elected as the county commissioners decided last year to appoint the auditor, treasurer and recorder rather than have them elected by voters. The commissioners also decided to combine the auditor and treasurer positions into one.
FARGO — A mixed-use building that would add another parking ramp to downtown Fargo, along with more commercial space and apartments, is moving ahead. The Fargo Parking Commission approved last week initial plans for the six-or-seven-story structure at the corner of Broadway and Fourth Avenue North, the site of the former Schumacher Goodyear business.
FARGO — A missing Minnesota man who was disoriented spent two nights in last week's blizzard and bitter cold in his vehicle in a ditch along a desolate rural road near Wheatland in eastern North Dakota. William Jim Mendoza of Scandia, a town outside the Twin Cities, had hypothermia with a body temperature down to 90 degrees when he was found by a phone company worker, but he miraculously didn't have frostbite, said his wife, Vicki, on Thursday, Feb. 14, from her husband's hospital room in Fargo.
FARGO — Land at one of the key entrances to Fargo near the Red River and the Veterans Memorial Bridge is for sale. The Fargo City Commission on Monday night, Feb. 11, approved asking for proposals from groups looking to buy and develop a portion of the site along Main Avenue, near Second Street South, where the Park East Apartments once stood. On part of the parcel, a flood-control project is underway that will add a lift station and dike to the downtown protection zone. The Park East Apartments were razed to make way for the dike.
FARGO — So you think there's a lot of snow out there? Well it's enough to close schools, businesses, city offices and interstates in the region, thanks also to the wind. But the snowfall this season is not even in the historical top 10 and is a far cry from the 117 inches in the brutal winter of 1996-1997. In fact, the season total is only in the mid-30 inch range after 5.3 inches fell in Fargo from Wednesday afternoon until it quit on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 7.