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Brandon Grant appears at a preliminary hearing Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in district court on charges for a shooting Feb. 21, 2021, at the Bismarck Tavern in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

FARGO — Two of the three men shot behind a downtown Fargo bar in February are charged with allegedly assaulting the man accused of shooting them.

Prosecutors allege Brandon Roosevelt Grant, 43, shot Tommie Trent, 34, of West Fargo, Willie Earl Carr Jr., 29, Moorhead, and John Clemons, 41, Fargo, after an altercation inside the Bismarck Tavern, 522 N. Broadway, on Feb. 21. Trent and Carr have since been charged with Class B misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to commit simple assault in connection to the fight.

Grant pleaded not guilty in Cass County District Court this week to three attempted murder and three aggravated assault charges, all felonies, in connection to the shooting. Full story here.


No bonding bill in sight as Minnesota lawmakers close on midnight deadline

Minnesota State Capitol

ST. PAUL — While Minnesota lawmakers had agreed on $1.4 billion in borrowing in this year's public projects bill, the prospects for a proposal making it to the governor’s desk appeared low Sunday evening as the midnight legislative deadline drew nearer.

Senate Capital Investment Committee Chair Sen. Tom Bakk, I-Cook, told reporters Saturday that the current framework for the bonding proposal would put $1 billion toward state agency projects with an emphasis on preserving existing assets. Local projects would get $400 million. Lawmakers are also aiming to allocate $150 million for projects that don’t qualify for bonding. Full story here.

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