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FARGO — The attorney for a man accused of conspiring to kill a pregnant Fargo woman said his client is not guilty of that crime, but he is guilty of something else — loving his co-defendant too much. Defense attorney Daniel Borgen presented an opening argument Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the trial of William Hoehn during which he described a scene from Aug. 19, 2017, when Hoehn, according to Borgen, came home from work early and unexpected to find the woman he loved next to a dead body and in possession of a newborn baby.
FARGO — Opening statements and testimony are to start Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the trial of a man accused of conspiring to murder Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, 22, whose body was discovered in the Red River in August 2017 barren of the infant girl she was pregnant with when she disappeared about two weeks before her remains were found. On Tuesday, Sept. 18, the trial for William Hoehn began in Cass County District Court with the selection of 12 jurors and two alternates, a group comprised of roughly an equal number of men and women.
FARGO — Expanded daytime passenger train service from Fargo to Chicago with stops in between could become a reality if Minnesota lawmakers can be sold on the idea. That's the goal of a nonprofit group called All Aboard Minnesota, which is hosting a public forum on the subject Wednesday, Sept. 26, in St. Cloud, Minn. Currently, Amtrak's Empire Builder route accommodates long-distance travel between cities like Fargo, St. Cloud, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Chicago, with trains reaching Fargo at about 2 or 3 a.m.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — In April 2017, Moorhead police received a report of an elderly man who had sent more than $230,000 in response to calls saying he had won a lottery. A detective learned the victim actually sent about $825,000 to different addresses over the course of about six months, thinking he would get part of a $5 million lottery prize in return, according to documents filed in Clay County District Court.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has announced a 7th Congressional District vacancy on the Minnesota Court of Appeals with the forthcoming retirement of Judge Michael Kirk. The Commission on Judicial Selection is now searching for fair, experienced and civic-minded individuals to serve on the bench. Only individuals who have resided in the 7th Congressional District, which includes nearly all of western Minnesota, for at least a year are eligible to apply.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — A Pelican Rapids man was charged Tuesday, July 24, with numerous felony counts stemming from the abduction of a rural Fergus Falls mother who told authorities her attacker sexually assaulted her after telling her they had to have sex so he could keep his bloodline going. Anthony Randklev, 39, is charged in Otter Tail County District Court with kidnapping, first-degree possession of a dangerous weapon, illegal possession of a firearm, false imprisonment, fleeing and three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
FARGO — A federal judge has set a hearing date for Jan. 28 to consider claims by attorneys for Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. that his conviction and death sentence should be set aside because jurors at his trial heard false testimony. Judge Ralph Erickson allotted 10 days for the hearing. He set the hearing date during a status conference held Tuesday, July 10, in Erickson's chambers. The prosecution said it is still deposing expert witnesses expected to be called by the defense.
FARGO — Attorneys for Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. have filed papers in U.S. District Court here asking that his conviction and death sentence be set aside, claiming jurors at his trial heard false testimony. Rodriguez, 65, was sentenced to death for the 2003 kidnapping and murder of Dru Sjodin, a 22-year-old University of North Dakota student. Prosecutors at his 2006 trial told jurors that Sjodin was raped and her throat was slashed at least twice.
MOORHEAD—City and state officials gathered here Monday, June 4, to discuss ways to help Moorhead residents avoid what one nonprofit organization calls the "debt trap" of payday loans. Exodus Lending, which helped organize Monday's meeting, says many residents in the region who take out payday loans face fees and interest rates upward of 200 percent after they become stuck in a cycle of debt marked by constant renewal of loans and the paying of interest and fees on an ongoing basis.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—When Melany Thomas goes to sell her beef cattle, potential buyers will sometimes direct their questions to her husband, who quickly sets them straight, according to Thomas. "She's the one that's raising them, I'm just her farmhand," Thomas said, quoting her husband, Evan, who helps her with the family's grass-fed livestock operation near Fertile. Women who run farm operations still encounter people surprised to see them in such a role, but that is changing as women increasingly take on more responsibility on farms across the country.