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AITKIN, Minn. — A Hastings, Minn., man was sentenced Friday, March 23, to 180 days in jail in the case of a 2016 hit-and-run that caused the death of a 10-year-old girl. Steven Lee Meier, 45, earlier pleaded guilty in Aitkin County District Court to one count of criminal vehicular homicide for leaving the scene of an accident in the death of Caylin Donovan, a girl from Lake Park, Minn., who died after a vehicle struck her near Lake Mille Lacs.
MOORHEAD—Construction has begun on a walk-in clinic in north Moorhead. The structure going up at 1002 1st Ave. N. replaces a former Quick Lube and Tune. The clinic project, which is being developed by Dr. Rodney Lee, calls for two or three examination rooms, a lobby, and storage and restrooms. Lee has said the clinic's pricing options will include low walk-in fees or memberships with monthly fees. The clinic is expected to open in May, according to Lee.
FARGO—An event that aims to pair local professionals with nonprofit organizations will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at Drekker Brewing Co., 630 1st Ave. N. Professionally Paired, an organization led by members of the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program, will host the event, which focuses on matching local professionals with local nonprofit organizations that can use their talents.
HITTERDAL, Minn.—A new wedding and event center is opening near Hitterdal. Highland Hideaway, which is located about a mile south and a mile and a half west of Hitterdal, is operated by Mike Cook. "We are taking bookings now," Cook said. The newly built center seats about 300 inside and about another 150 outside, where there is a scenic, 25-acre pond. The business also offers a full line of catering, according to Cook. For more information, visit the center's website at: www.highlandhideaway.biz . The phone number is (701) 412-5412.
FARGO—Ever since Doug DeMinck and Dave Geske purchased Tailgators Sports Cafe they've gotten the same three questions over and over. Are you keeping the chicken wings? Are you keeping the pizza? Are you keeping the cheese Frenchies? The answer to all three is, yes. "It's a well-oiled machine and we're just going to continue," Geske said, though he and DeMinck have started making small tweaks since taking over the bar earlier this month.
FARGO—Front Street Taproom, 614 Main Ave., Fargo, has opened an event space. "The Cellar," as its called, is located in the basement of the business. It recently began hosting activities, including a Local Comedy Showcase. The venue accommodates about 100 people. Front Street has partnered with Zach Tooker to bring in comics from around the region and the country, said taproom owner Aaron Templin. "We are hoping to make the space versatile, but it was really designed with stand-up comedy as the main focus," he said.
FARGO — If you get a call from someone claiming they have kidnapped a loved one, the first thing you need to do is slow down your thinking and keep your fear at bay. Oh, and hang up the phone.
FARGO—A scam text message is reaching area cell phones falsely claiming it is from Wells Fargo. The text states the company needs to confirm identifying information and directs people to supply personal data. They shouldn't. That's according to Staci Schiller, vice president for communications and senior manager of midwest regional banking for Wells Fargo. "The text is indeed a scam and is making the rounds," said Schiller, who received one of the phony texts on her phone and immediately blocked the number and deleted the text.
FARGO—A restaurant that offered Pakistani and Iranian dishes has closed in downtown Fargo after having operated for less than a year. Darbar Palace is the latest in a fairly long line of restaurants that made their home at 402 Broadway in recent years. Owned by Ahsan Khalid, a native of Pakistan, and his wife, Samiye Ahsan, a native of Iran, the restaurant opened in June of 2017 in the space formerly home to Magnolia's Restaurant.
FARGO—A Fargo business has closed its doors after a judge in an eviction case issued a judgment against the business owner for about $48,294 in damages. Reese & Riley's Olive Oil and Bistro Bar, 2653 45th St. S., Fargo, announced on its Facebook page late last week that its last day of business would be Monday, March 19. In a posting on Saturday, March 17, the business said the closing was "due to irreconcilable differences concerning several maintenance issues with landlord."