FARGO – In the minutes before Pedro Ruiz III was shot and killed in a stunt intended for YouTube, he could be heard encouraging his girlfriend Monalisa Perez to pull the trigger, according to a video transcript released Friday, June 22, by the Norman County Attorney’s Office.
FARGO – The local Chamber of Commerce said Thursday, May 31, that its board agreed to “strongly oppose” a plan to eliminate special assessments, a hot topic this election season. “While we acknowledge that special assessments are very high, we see it to be poor public policy to seek the immediate elimination of special assessments without studying all of the options,” the group said in an email to its members.
FARGO – When Eli Koppenhaver was diagnosed with cancer at age 13, Make-a-Wish North Dakota arranged for the restoration of the 1974 Trans Am that his great uncle left the family. He’d only had a casual interest in car shows up to that point, but with such a sweet ride to show off, he began going to all the car shows he could with his dad, Jeff, including two cross-country trips.
FARGO – Anger at costly special assessments levied to pay for streets and sewers have inspired three more city candidates--Linda Boyd, Kelan Oster and Arlette Preston--to weigh in with plans for reform. Boyd said in a news release Monday, May 14, that she wants the city to pay for 70 percent of the cost of a project and use specials on the remaining 30 percent. Mayor Tim Mahoney, who’s running unopposed, and candidate Tim Flakoll have said they favor this approach, which the city had used until switching over to a 50-50 split a few years ago.
FARGO – Special assessments and the horror stories they sometimes generate among Fargo taxpayers would be eliminated under a plan proposed Wednesday, May 2, by City Commissioner Tony Gehrig, but how he’d do it immediately drew fire.
MAHNOMEN, Minn. – The mystery substance found on cash that burned a clerk at a gas station Monday, April 30, was a “carbohydrate” that may have triggered an allergic reaction, according to the sheriff’s office.
FARGO – Daniel Benjamin Habiger, 29, was supposed to have had a mental evaluation to see whether he was criminally responsible for allegedly murdering another man, but at a status hearing Wednesday, April 18, the judge learned his order hadn’t been followed. Judge Frank Racek betrayed impatience when he wondered out loud if the North Dakota State Hospital in Jamestown was going to do the evaluation at “their convenience.”
FARGO – Steve Perreault remembered the long flight home from Vietnam in early 1971. He was about to be discharged, but was still in the Army and traveled in uniform. “Going through Oakland (Calif.) airport, some hippie chick spit on me,” the former Army linguist who accompanied special operations soldiers said Thursday, March 29, echoing a complaint made by many Vietnam vets over the years.
ADA, Minn. – Paulita Ruiz skipped her prepared statement Wednesday, March 14, and told the woman who shot and killed her nephew in a YouTube stunt gone wrong that she should’ve known better. “This comes from the heart, where you shot him,” she said during Monalisa Perez’s sentencing at the Norman County Courthouse. “You took him away from us, Mona” But, when she added, “We don’t hate you,” a scoff could be heard from a man sitting with Perez’s family.
FARGO – Next to the Kilbourne Group’s new Roberts Commons mixed-use building in the heart of downtown here is a large hole in the ground where a parking lot owned by the Dillard family used to be. RoCo is still a few months from completion but the developer has already driven pilings into the clay soil in preparation for another six-story mixed-use building.