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DILWORTH, Minn. — The wait was finally over Wednesday, Nov. 1, when locals got a sneak peek of the first ALDI store in the community, about a year after the low-price grocery chain announced its plans to open here. But it won't be the only one for long, with the company planning to open other stores in Fargo or West Fargo by the end of 2018 and in south Fargo in 2019.
FARGO—The North Dakota Attorney General's Office is investigating if a Fargo contractor committed fraud leading up to its sudden closure. Parrell Grossman, director of the attorney general's Consumer Protection Division, said he directed staff to investigate possible fraud as soon as he saw news reports Monday, Oct. 23, about the abrupt closure of Studs to Rugs.
FARGO—A new advocacy group report says women in North Dakota experience one of the country's worst gender pay gaps, while the disparity in Minnesota is among the lowest in the nation. The American Association of University Women released its analysis Tuesday, Sept. 26, reporting women in North Dakota had median annual earnings of $38,407 last year compared to $51,789 for men. That amounts to an earnings ratio of 74 percent, ranking North Dakota 45th among the states.
FARGO—A bicyclist who was struck and dragged by a vehicle has died several days after the accident. Fargo Police Sgt. Jim VanLith confirmed that Randy Bryson West, 19, died sometime Saturday, Sept. 23, at Fargo's Sanford Medical Center, 5225 23rd Ave. S.
BISMARCK—Russian hackers targeted North Dakota's elections systems last year, according to new information disclosed to the state's top elections official Friday, Sept. 22. Secretary of State Al Jaeger confirmed Saturday, Sept. 23, that his office was called the previous day and notified that North Dakota was among 21 states targeted by hackers last year.
FARGO—Even as a "retailpocalypse" prompted by a shift to online shopping wipes out other stores, Hailee England isn't worried about the new business she manages in West Acres Shopping Center. The Fargo mall's newest retailer, Zumiez, opened Friday, Sept. 1, taking over the former Vanity space. The parent company of Vanity was headquartered in Fargo until it filed for bankruptcy protection this spring and closed more than 100 stores across the country.
FARGO—A local restaurant is getting some online love for its response to people digging through the trash. Rachel Nistler posted a photo to Twitter on Sunday, Aug. 27, of a sign that she said made her "very impressed" with Little Caesars, 1020 19th Ave. N. The sign is addressed to "the person going through our trash for their next meal," but it's the rest of the message that earned Nistler's post nearly 150 retweets and 900 likes by Tuesday morning, Aug. 29.
FARGO—Class was back in session at North Dakota State University on Tuesday, July 25, but the dozens of people scribbling notes during lectures were entrepreneurs and the business people who support them, not college students. NDSU's Research and Technology Park organized the first Financing North Dakota, an afternoon-long conference at McGovern Alumni Center, 1241 N. University Drive, with a goal simple enough to fit on a college course syllabus.
FARGO—New court documents shed some light on the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of a Fargo restaurateur, including reports by a business partner that the man borrowed $25,000 from him and owed thousands to others before vanishing. Fargo Police Detective Joshua Loos, the lead detective on the case, filed a search warrant application earlier this summer asking Verizon Wireless to provide all call, text messaging and data records, as well as cell site and location information, for Rodolfo Romo Garcia's cellphone since May 28.
FARGO—A proposed increase in the state's tobacco tax could bring in $70 million each year, but that isn't why proponents put it on the ballot. Measure 4 would raise taxes from 44 cents to $2.20 per pack of cigarettes and boost the wholesale price tax on cigars and tobacco products from 28 to 56 percent. The idea was pitched to legislators in 2015 to lower the youth smoking rate by about 20 percent, Eric Johnson said.