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FARGO — Expanded daytime passenger train service from Fargo to Chicago with stops in between could become a reality if Minnesota lawmakers can be sold on the idea. That's the goal of a nonprofit group called All Aboard Minnesota, which is hosting a public forum on the subject Wednesday, Sept. 26, in St. Cloud, Minn. Currently, Amtrak's Empire Builder route accommodates long-distance travel between cities like Fargo, St. Cloud, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Chicago, with trains reaching Fargo at about 2 or 3 a.m.
MOORHEAD — In April 2017, Moorhead police received a report of an elderly man who had sent more than $230,000 in response to calls saying he had won a lottery. A detective learned the victim actually sent about $825,000 to different addresses over the course of about six months, thinking he would get part of a $5 million lottery prize in return, according to documents filed in Clay County District Court.
FARGO — Cass County District Judge Frank Racek has dismissed a murder charge that an elderly Fargo man had been facing since the shooting death of his wife in June.
FARGO — Three men who faced sexual assault charges after they were accused of having sexual contact with a 12-year-old girl in a Fargo hotel room pleaded guilty to lesser charges and were sentenced to jail time they have already served. According to Cass County District Court records: Augustine Addy, of West Fargo, and Hutchingson Davies and Daniel Gowah, both of Fargo, were charged in April with one count each of felony gross sexual imposition and one count each of misdemeanor sexual assault. Addy was 23 at the time, Davies was 21, and Gowah was 20.
FARGO — Saturday, Sept. 1, marks the start of meteorological fall, but the Fargo-Moorhead area can expect summer-like weather to linger for a bit. "We have warmer and wetter weather favored for the next two weeks or so. But overall in September, we have equal chances of above or below normal (temperatures)," said Brittany Peterson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks. She said summer started out warm in June, when temperatures were four degrees above average for the month.
FARGO — Workers at a Fargo liquor distributor are taking a very public approach to airing their unhappiness regarding what they see as an unfair contract offer from their employer.
FARGO — City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn's idea that Fargo's fines for bicycle infractions are too low may be picking up speed. Piepkorn said Thursday, Aug. 30, that public reaction to comments he aired this week has been strongly supportive of his belief that current fines of $5 for bike violations aren't tough enough and that raising them would encourage better adherence to rules of the road. "Overwhelmingly, even bicyclists were supportive," Piepkorn said.
FARGO — Garlee Sumo was 19 years old when he was charged earlier this year with a Class AA felony count of gross sexual imposition, a charge that carries a minimum mandatory sentence of 20 years in prison. Now, that charge, along with the case itself, has gone away after Cass County District Judge John Irby ruled halfway through Sumo's jury trial this week that evidence presented by the prosecution did not support the charge that Sumo faced and an order of acquittal was filed.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. — A newly released video and police report shed more light onto how authorities handled 72-year-old Warren Lindvold during the early hours of July 15, after Lindvold was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Lindvold died in a Fargo hospital six days after the arrest, and a preliminary autopsy report said his death was caused by a broken neck.
FARGO — The Cass County Commission voted Monday, Aug. 20, to pursue its own lawsuit against the manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids, a suit that will be separate from the one the state of North Dakota filed earlier this year against Purdue Pharma, the nation's leading maker of such drugs. “The state is too narrow in its claim,” Commissioner Vern Bennett said before voting with the rest of the commission to hire the California-based law firm Robbins, Geller, Rudman & Dowd to represent the county.