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MOORHEAD, Minn. — If you listen to public radio in the Fargo-Moorhead area, you may be familiar with attorney Zenas Baer's ubiquitous ads touting a small but curious aspect of his firm's legal expertise — "circumcision litigation." The ads, according to Baer, do what he wants them to do: raise the consciousness of listeners about the issue of infant circumcision and "get them wondering about it."
FARGO — The FBI last week released its annual statistical report on hate crimes and, for the first time in several years, North Dakota was not among the top 10 states based on hate crimes per capita. It's possible, however, the FBI report didn't contain pertinent data from the city of Fargo, which logged seven hate crimes in 2016 that may not be reflected in the FBI report. In the latest FBI report, North Dakota ranked 38th among the states and the District of Columbia for hate crimes per capita, with 1.05 crimes per 100,000 population. Since 2012, North Dakota ranked second in the na
FARGO—Two men from Wheatland face charges in Cass County District Court connected to the theft of about $8,700 worth of grain from a bin at a grain storage company in Wheatland, 31 miles west of Fargo. Keith A. Strand is charged with one count of theft, while Chad M. Swanson is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit theft. According to court documents: Deputies with the Cass County Sheriff's Office were dispatched on Nov. 3 to Swanson Seed Service in Wheatland when the grain was reported stolen.
WAHPETON, N.D. — Giant Snacks, a sunflower seed company based in Wahpeton, is suing a South Dakota-based competitor for what Giant says are false advertising claims regarding the salt content of sunflower seed products. Wild Dutchman, headquartered in Mound City, S.D., says on its packaging that its sunflower seeds have "Half the salt, all the flavor." In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court, Giant alleges Wild Dutchman's claim that its sunflower seeds have half the salt of all or most other sunflower seeds is false.
FARGO — Fargo police arrested a Moorhead man early Wednesday, Nov. 8, after he allegedly nearly ran over a police officer who responded to a call about a fight. According to a report released by Fargo police: The incident began about 3:20 a.m. when police were called to south Fargo for a report of a disturbance and possible fight. An officer arrived on the scene and found a vehicle occupied and running in a parking lot.
FARGO — A man charged in connection with a robbery and kidnapping this week in Fargo was in custody in Grand Forks on Thursday morning, Nov. 2. Mohamed Yarrow Ali, 19, is charged in Cass County District Court with conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit kidnapping. On Wednesday, Nov. 1, a woman called authorities about 4:40 a.m. to report that her son, Lucas Blomberg, had called her from Grand Forks where he was being treated in a hospital for injuries he suffered in an assault, according to court documents.
FARGO — A jury has found Dan Durr, CEO and president of Fargo-based Don's Car Washes, guilty of hiring an individual to engage in sexual activity, a Class B misdemeanor. Durr's defense attorney, Cash Aaland, hailed the decision Thursday, Nov. 2, as a vindication of his client, who had faced a felony charge of patronizing a minor for commercial sexual activity after his arrest last spring during a sting operation called Operation Guardian Angel.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — On Sunday, Aug. 6, police here were called to a house where the bodies of a woman and a man were found in the basement, the apparent victims of a double shooting. A 3-month-old baby was found lethargic but alive in a swinging chair in the upstairs living room of the house. It was later determined the deaths of Cherish Petersen, 26, and Casey Jensen, 33, were the result of a murder-suicide, the incident having apparently started two nights before, on Friday, Aug. 4, when friends and family of Petersen, the murder victim, last heard from her.
FARGO—A St. Cloud, Minn., man police sought for failing to report the death of his girlfriend was back in the Cass County Jail in Fargo as of Tuesday, Oct. 24. Joseph Griemann, 26, was charged in Cass County District Court in 2016 with failure to report a death and willful disturbance of a body in connection with Casey Jo Schulte, 26, found dead Aug. 19, 2015, in the back of her garage at a Fargo apartment complex. An autopsy concluded Schulte hanged herself.
WASHINGTON — Federal officials announced Tuesday, Oct. 17, that one Chinese national and eight others have been indicted in North Dakota as part of an international investigation into the trafficking of fentanyl and other potentially lethal drugs. The announcement was made during a Department of Justice news conference in Washington attended by Christopher Myers, North Dakota's U.S. attorney.