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FARGO – If people needed any more reasons to lock the doors of their running but unattended cars, perhaps this statistic will help: As of Wednesday, Jan. 17, Fargo police had received 16 reports of stolen cars. Of those, 11 had been left unlocked with the keys inside.
FARGO—A Devils Lake, N.D., boutique is expanding to downtown Fargo. Boots and Heels will open a second location at 410 Broadway N., owner Amber Sander said in a Facebook announcement. She told the Grand Forks Herald earlier this week she expects to open in April. The store that sells shoes and other boutique items first opened in 2011 at 419 Fourth Ave. N.E. in Devils Lake. Sander and her husband, Ben, moved to Fargo last year when he accepted with Amity Agco.
FARGO — Steve and Kami Pederson have dined at Chick-fil-A restaurants while traveling, but on Friday, Jan. 12, the Pedersons and their young daughter, Evelyn, enjoyed a Chick-fil-A lunch in Fargo. The occasion: The restaurant held a training session for new employees, utilizing invited guests as willing training aids. "The customer service at the ones I've been at before has been just amazing, and I'm looking forward to that here," Steve Pederson said, adding: "I think we'll definitely be back."
FARGO—Silver Lining Creamery, an ice cream parlor that makes its own ice cream, plans to set up shop soon in downtown Fargo in a space formerly occupied by Metro Drug. The original Silver Lining is located in Rapid City, S.D. This coming summer will be the creamery's fifth summer in business, according to Michelle Pulling, who owns the company with her two sons. The Fargo location at 123 Broadway is expected to open in a few months, according to Pulling, who said Fargo will be the second store for Silver Lining.
FARGO – Prosecutors and the attorney representing Brooke Lynne Crews, the woman who pleaded guilty last month in the murder case of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, are requesting that the date of Crews’ sentencing be changed from 11 a.m. Jan. 16 to 1 p.m. Feb. 2. The prosecution and defense filed their request in a document called a stipulation to continue, which says the reason for the change is to make sure “all involved parties have the opportunity to be present.” A proposed order establishing the change is awaiting a judge’s signature.
FARGO — A Halstad, Minn., man charged in connection with a sex sting in Fargo in early 2017 was sentenced Tuesday, Jan. 2, to three days in jail, time he has already served. Grant W. Goodsell earlier pleaded guilty in Cass County District Court to one count of patronizing a minor for commercial sex. In addition to the jail sentence, Goodsell was ordered to pay $775 in fees and he will be on supervised probation for two years.
FARGO — In February, a fire at a home in Carrington, N.D., took the lives of three children. To much of the world, it was a sad news story. For Dawn and Brandon Tufte, it was much more. "They were our world," Dawn Tufte said, referring to the couple's three children: Spencer, 7, Melody, 8, and Alex, 11, who died in the fire. Tufte said unless someone experiences such a loss themselves, it may not be possible to understand what the fire took from them. "We lost the most important thing that was dear to us," she said.
MOORHEAD — The Clay County Attorney's Office added two lawyers to its staff in 2017. According to Clay County Attorney Brian Melton, the move has helped workers there strike a better balance between work time and private time. "We still work weekends at times, but you don't want to be doing that every single weekend," he said. Melton said he maintains a caseload along with the other 10 attorneys in his office.
FARGO — Documents unsealed this week in Cass County District Court shed light on the prosecution's approach to a case involving Darren Patterson, who is accused of causing another man's death with a punch outside a Fargo bar in May. Patterson, 43, is charged with felony manslaughter in the death of James "Jamie" Grant. Earlier this year, Judge Tom Olson, without explanation, sealed documents relating to the case.
FARGO — A Moorhead woman charged in Cass County District Court with stealing about $1,000 worth of goods from a Fargo department store told authorities she didn't have any money to buy Christmas gifts. According to court documents: Police were called to the Fargo Herberger's store on Saturday, Dec. 23, on a report of an uncooperative female shoplifter. Officers were told that Melanie Marie Sargent was stopped outside the store with a cart full of merchandise that was not purchased.