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BISMARCK — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem wants the public to ignore any telephone message that threatens them with arrest, as such calls are a scam and becoming more common in the state. The scam artists are using what is known as "spoofing" technology to display on caller ID screens a phone number that is not the one they are calling from.
GRAND FORKS — An anonymous donor has pledged $1 million to the University of North Dakota’s accounting department to support students and faculty. About 20 percent of the gift will fund an endowment for graduate student stipends. The additional $800,000 will help elevate the Kulas Koppenhaver Endowed Professorship fund from a professorship level to an endowed chair level, said Milo Smith, senior director of public relations at the UND Alumni Association and Foundation.
FARGO — A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind attend an upcoming trial for a man accused of conspiring to kill the 22-year-old Fargo woman. The GoFundMe page reads: “The second defendant in the case is now going to trial on Sept 18th, we are hoping to be in Fargo for the duration of the trial. With our financial situation right now that is not possible, so we are asking for a little help making this possible. Thank you all.”
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. The move came after prosecutors and defense attorneys filed a stipulation for dismissal, stating that Louis Donald Averson suffered from a major neurocognitive disorder and would likely never have the capacity to understand the legal proceedings against him. Averson and his wife, Ila Mae Lou Averson, were both 85 and in poor health in June when they entered into a suicide pact, according to court documents.
FARGO — Humor writer David Sedaris will appear at the Fargo Theatre for a show next year. Sedaris, known for his humorous personal essays and short stories, most recently released "Calypso," a collection of 21 essays, in May. Promoter Jade Presents announced this week that Sedaris will be at the Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway N., for an 8 p.m. show Tuesday, April 30. Reserved-seating tickets will go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21, for $45. An online-only presale will take place 10 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, using a password from the Jade Presents app.
PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz fans will need to wait a little longer to see their favorite player on the field. Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson confirmed Wednesday, Sept. 12, that Nick Foles will start at quarterback for the team at Tampa Bay on Sunday. Pederson told the media Wednesday morning Wentz has yet to be cleared for contact.
FARGO — A Fargo man will spend more than a decade behind bars for possession of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Damian Scott Olvera, 26, was sentenced in federal court on Monday, Sept. 10, to 15 years in prison on charges of possession of materials containing child pornography and receipt of materials containing child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Olvera will be under supervised release for 15 years following his prison sentence. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office news release:
FARGO — The noxious weed palmer amaranth is suspected in fields in McIntosh County, near the site where the weed was discovered in August in south-central North Dakota. North Dakota State University Extension, the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and others scouted and destroyed the plants from the fields and will continue to monitor the area. The state is awaiting DNA test results to confirm whether the weeds are palmer amaranth.
FARGO — Minnesota ranked third and North Dakota fourth in WalletHub's 2018 Happiest States in America report. To determine where Americans are happiest, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 31 indicators. The data set includes emotional health, job satisfaction, income growth and safety. The top 10 happiest states are • Hawaii • Utah • Minnesota • North Dakota • California • Idaho • Maryland • Iowa • South Dakota • Nebraska
BISMARCK – North Dakota businesses will transform the state Capitol into a shopping mall for locally made products on Thursday, Sept. 13, during the annual Pride of Dakota Day.