FARGO – If a trade war breaks out between the U.S. and China, North Dakota soybean farmers could take big losses. President Donald Trump announced Friday, June 15, that he’s imposing 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion in goods from China. In response, Chinese officials vowed to impose similar trade barriers on U.S. goods, the Washington Post reported.
FARGO – Former school board president Robin Nelson led a field of five candidates who won seats on the Fargo School Board on Tuesday, June 12. Nelson and current board President Rebecca Knutson led the crowded field of 10 candidates with 16 percent of the vote apiece, followed by incumbent Jennifer Benson with 13 percent, incumbent David Paulson with 11 percent, and Brian Nelson with 10 percent, according to complete but unofficial results from the North Dakota Secretary of State’s Office.
NEW ROCKFORD, N.D. – The New Rockford-Sheyenne School Board has voted against a recommendation to fire Superintendent Jill Louters for having stayed in the same hotel room with her son and unrelated fifth-grade boys during an archery tournament in Minot in March. The vote to dismiss Louters for chaperoning the boys without the permission of all of their families failed by a 2-4 margin Tuesday, May 29, said School Board President John McKnight.
FARGO - Staff in Fargo’s public schools are being injured by students at a much higher rate this year than last year, School District records show. In the 2016-17 school year, there were 341 recorded incidents of very minor to severe injuries to staff due to student behaviors, records show. Through April 30 of this year, there have been 510 reports, a nearly 50 percent increase, records show.
FARGO – A former home remodeling contractor, who’s been sued by a number of customers for leaving work undone, was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk early Sunday, May 13, a Fargo Police Department spokeswoman said Tim Rosene was pulled over for a traffic stop in the 2200 block of South University Drive, Officer Jessica Schindeldecker said. At 1:37 a.m., Rosene was arrested for driving under the influence and actual physical control, she said.
FARGO – The Block 9 Partnership announced Friday, May 4, that it’s chosen McGough Construction of Fargo to be the general contractor for the Block 9 multi-use tower planned in downtown. The Block 9 Partnership is a joint effort of the Kilbourne Group and R.D. Offutt Co. “Having a highly respected general contractor like McGough keeps us on track to break ground this summer,” Scott Neal, president of R.D. Offutt’s real estate division, said in a news release.
FARGO – A fire destroyed a painter’s truck and threatened a nearby skyway on Broadway in downtown Fargo on Monday, April 30.
MOORHEAD – The lawyer for Justin Critt, who’s accused of fatally beating a Moorhead woman and then setting ablaze the home she was housesitting, entered not guilty pleas for his client on charges of second-degree murder and first-degree arson on Friday, April 27, in a Clay County District Court hearing. The brief hearing was called by Judge Michelle Lawson to make sure those pleas were properly recorded and to address questions about witness lists and jury selection.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – William Hillman, who’s charged in the killings of a mother and son at their rural Frazee mobile home, told investigators that when he woke up early Tuesday, April 17, everything went black and he didn’t remember what happened next, according to Otter Tail County District Court documents. Hillman told investigators that when he came out of the blackness, he realized he had done “a bad thing,” the documents said.
FARGO – A Fargo man, who’s already required to register as a sex offender, was sentenced Monday, April 16, to seven years in prison for touching the breasts of a girl under the age of 15, according to Cass County District Court documents. Troy Allen Lawrence, 54, previously pleaded guilty to a felony count of gross sexual imposition. Two other felony charges, failure to register as a sex offender and gross sexual imposition, were dismissed.