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FARGO — A sunflower seed seller being sued by a rival company for allegedly using false advertising has launched its own snack attack in federal court. Earlier this year, Giant Snacks, a sunflower seed company based in Wahpeton, N.D., filed a lawsuit in federal court against Wild Dutchman, a South Dakota-based competitor, for what Giant says are false advertising claims regarding the salt content of Wild Dutchman's sunflower seed products.
MOORHEAD — The arts are very good for business in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area, and they could do more if businesses did more to help the arts. That was the message Dayna Del Val presented at an Eggs & Issues event the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce held here on Tuesday, Dec. 5. Del Val, president and CEO of The Arts Partnership, provided details from a new report that looked at the economic impact that nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences have on the greater Fargo-Moorhead community.
FARGO — Prosecutors here have filed papers in U.S. District Court here saying a Chicago man convicted of sex trafficking five women, including one minor, deserves life in prison. However, Kerry Rosenquist, an attorney for Anthony Collier, 30, has filed court papers stating that a presentence investigation calculation of what the guideline sentence in the case should be is unfair. In a sentencing memorandum filed with the court, Rosenquist said a sentence at the low end of the guidelines — about 22 years — is appropriate.
FARGO — Shelly Elkington shed tears of anger and sadness on Wednesday, Nov. 29, as she asked a judge for justice for her 26-year-old daughter Casey Jo Schulte, who died under mysterious circumstances in August 2015. Minutes after asking Cass County District Judge Frank Racek for a tough sentence for Joseph Griemann, Elkington was crying tears of happiness. "We got more than we asked for," Elkington said, referring to the sentence the judge handed to Griemann, 26, of St. Cloud, Minn.
MOORHEAD — Two women, including one who until recently was a mail carrier, are accused in Clay County District Court of stealing mail from a Moorhead mail route. The former mail carrier, Cheryl Ann Gorden, 35, and Amanda Joy Liebert, 30, each face four felony counts of mail theft. Prosecutors allege the crimes occurred between Aug. 1 and Nov. 15. According to court complaints:
FARGO — A jury trial started Tuesday, Nov. 28, for a man charged with attempted murder in connection with an armed standoff at a West Fargo motel in March 2016. Jan-Michel Wangstad, 39, pleaded guilty earlier this year in Cass County District Court to related charges in the case and was sentenced to five years in prison. However, the case was only partially resolved with the guilty pleas, and the attempted murder charge remained in place.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — Court documents have revealed more details about a shooting at a downtown Fergus Falls apartment on Nov. 21 that left two people wounded. Three people — Derek Joel Koch, 35, and Shaylee Bree McCulloch, 20, both of Dalton, and Hailey Rose Johnson, 20, of Erhard — have been arrested in the case. They are each charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault. According to court documents:
FARGO — The CEO and president of Fargo-based Don's Car Washes has been sentenced to one day in jail, which he's already served, for his conviction on a misdemeanor charge of hiring an individual to engage in sexual activity. Daniel Durr was also ordered to pay $450, and he will be required to attend a program aimed at reducing the demand for prostitution services. Durr was found guilty of the Class B misdemeanor charge by a Cass County District Court jury that found him not guilty of a more serious felony charge of patronizing a minor for commercial sexual activity.
FARGO—The Fargo City Commission has scheduled a special meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, to hear an appeal from former police officer David Boelke, who is appealing a Fargo Civil Service Commission decision upholding his firing from the Police Department. The meeting will be in the city commission room of Fargo City Hall. Boelke was fired by Fargo Police Chief David Todd in September.
FRAZEE, Minn. — A Frazee man has been charged in Becker County District Court in connection with a fire Saturday morning, Nov. 18, at a mobile home here. Michael J. Strehlow, 26, faces one count of first-degree arson involving a dwelling. According to a court complaint filed Tuesday, Nov. 21: The Becker County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a fire near U.S. Highway 10 and upon arriving at the scene found a mobile home on fire. The owner told deputies he was sleeping when his wife started yelling the home was on fire and they ran outside.