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FARGO—A Valley City, N.D., couple delivered a special thank-you Thursday, Sept. 21, to a pair of West Fargo police officers who helped deliver their baby daughter, Lakken, the night before. "Hopefully, it will never happen again," joked Stephani Krueger as she held little Lakken with her husband, Dustin, standing nearby in a room of the new Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, where they were taken following the birth. Officers Austin Bagley and Jacob Danielson, who brought the baby a stuffed bear, a balloon and a card, laughed along with the Kruegers.
MOORHEAD—A Minneapolis man who was charged a year ago this past summer along with 17 other men in connection with a Fargo-Moorhead area sex sting called Guardian Angel has been acquitted of charges he faced. A Clay County District Court jury this week found Michael D. Douville, 50, not guilty of one count of solicitation and two counts of prostitution, which accused him of agreeing to pay someone under 18 for sex.
FARGO — A former instructor for a Minnesota State University Moorhead youth swimming lesson program pleaded guilty on Wednesday, Sept. 20, to child porn charges and was sentenced to one year in jail. Nicholas Asmann, of Watertown, Wis., was sentenced in Cass County District Court on one count of luring minors by computer and one count of possessing child pornography. In addition to the jail sentence, Asmann was ordered to pay $560 in fees. According to court documents:
DILWORTH — A cashier at the Walmart here helped police crack an interstate counterfeit spending scheme, according to a report posted on the Dilworth Police Department Facebook page. According to the report: About 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, the cashier stopped a sale of electronics by refusing three phony $100 bills, which caused two male suspects to flee the store.
FARGO — Two giants of the region's business world shared some stories and some laughs Wednesday, Sept. 20, during a 1 Million Cups event in Fargo. Ron Offutt, founder and chairman emeritus of RDO Equipment Co., and Bill Marcil Sr., chairman of Forum Communications Co., which owns The Forum newspaper, chatted on the Stage at Island Park while answering questions posed by their children, Christi Offutt, CEO and Chairwoman of RDO Equipment, and Bill Marcil Jr., publisher of The Forum and president and CEO of Forum Communications Co., respectively.
WAHPETON, N.D. — A judge here has approved moving the trial of the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Andrew Sadek, a former undercover drug informant who was found dead in the Red River with a gunshot wound to his head and a backpack of rocks tied around his waist. Lawyers for both sides determined that the high-profile nature of the case would make it difficult to find impartial jurors in Richland County. Judge Jay Schmitz agreed and recently signed an order moving the trial to the Stutsman County Courthouse in Jamestown.
MOORHEAD — A Moorhead man charged earlier this year with three felony counts of mistreating or torturing animals in connection with the death of three cats is scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 26. Jalan Isaac Greer, 24, was charged in March in Clay County District Court. According to court documents filed with the charges: Police were called to Greer's south Moorhead apartment on Jan. 19 on a report that a cat could be heard crying and making sounds like it was fighting for its life.
FARGO — The North Dakota State University Family Therapy Center has suspended all clinical services for at least a year, citing a lack of students enrolled in the program that uses the center as a training lab. The center, which has been open about 30 years and which has never been shut down before, was serving about 25 clients this summer, according to Sadie Rudolph, media relations coordinator for NDSU. Rudolph said the center served individuals, couples and families. She said the clinic provided LGBT affirmative therapy and had many LGBT clients.
AITKIN, Minn. — A man charged with causing the death of a 10-year-old Lake Park girl in a hit-and-run in June 2016 is scheduled to enter a guilty plea in Aitkin County District Court on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Steven L. Meier, of Hastings, Minn., is charged with two counts of felony criminal vehicular homicide in the death of Caylin Donovan, who died after a vehicle struck her near Lake Mille Lacs in Aitkin County.
FARGO — A settlement has been reached in the high-profile divorce of Earlyne and Fred Hector, whose family estate was worth an estimated $50 million when divorce papers were filed in Cass County District Court last year. Earlyne Hector filed for divorce in early 2016, and Fred Hector, whose family name is reflected in the name of Fargo's airport, filed a counterclaim. The case was to go to trial Monday, Sept. 11, but lawyers for both sides told Judge John Irby early Monday that they were still working on a settlement.