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MOORHEAD, Minn. — If you listen to public radio in the Fargo-Moorhead area, you may be familiar with attorney Zenas Baer's ubiquitous ads touting a small but curious aspect of his firm's legal expertise — "circumcision litigation." The ads, according to Baer, do what he wants them to do: raise the consciousness of listeners about the issue of infant circumcision and "get them wondering about it."
MOORHEAD — Minnesota's nearly 200 roundabouts are cutting down on serious injuries and fatalities at intersections around the state, including one intersection south of Moorhead that in the past was the scene of deadly crashes. That's the conclusion of a newly released Minnesota Department of Transportation report that found an 86-percent reduction in serious crashes for intersections where roundabouts are put in place. The report also found roundabouts have reduced right-angle crash rates by 69 percent.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A Dilworth man who was earlier found guilty by a jury of assaulting a physically and mentally disabled woman was sentenced Friday, Nov. 3, to 12 years in prison. With good behavior, Gerald K. Ackerson, 50, could be released after serving eight years, with the remainder of his sentenced served on supervised release. He was found guilty in July of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Clay County District Judge Galen Vaa sentenced him on the first-degree count, calling the crime "brutal" and "despicable."
FARGO — A man charged in connection with a robbery and kidnapping this week in Fargo was in custody in Grand Forks on Thursday morning, Nov. 2. Mohamed Yarrow Ali, 19, is charged in Cass County District Court with conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit kidnapping. On Wednesday, Nov. 1, a woman called authorities about 4:40 a.m. to report that her son, Lucas Blomberg, had called her from Grand Forks where he was being treated in a hospital for injuries he suffered in an assault, according to court documents.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A Moorhead woman faces charges in Clay County District Court for allegedly mistreating two dogs and a turtle. Danetta Kratzke, 18, faces one felony count and one gross misdemeanor count of mistreating or torturing a dog named Kota, one misdemeanor count of abandoning the dog and one misdemeanor count of abandoning a turtle. According to court documents: Police were dispatched Oct. 23 regarding an abandoned dog. A property manager told officers that Kratzke had recently been evicted from a unit and had left behind a dog and a turtle.
FARGO—A St. Cloud, Minn., man police sought for failing to report the death of his girlfriend was back in the Cass County Jail in Fargo as of Tuesday, Oct. 24. Joseph Griemann, 26, was charged in Cass County District Court in 2016 with failure to report a death and willful disturbance of a body in connection with Casey Jo Schulte, 26, found dead Aug. 19, 2015, in the back of her garage at a Fargo apartment complex. An autopsy concluded Schulte hanged herself.
WASHINGTON — Federal officials announced Tuesday, Oct. 17, that one Chinese national and eight others have been indicted in North Dakota as part of an international investigation into the trafficking of fentanyl and other potentially lethal drugs. The announcement was made during a Department of Justice news conference in Washington attended by Christopher Myers, North Dakota's U.S. attorney.
FARGO — A teenager who died in a North Dakota State University residence hall last month died of natural causes, according to the findings of an autopsy. Devin Delaney, 17, died from a malfunctioning beating of his heart that was likely brought on by a viral infection, said Darin Haverland, deputy coroner with the Cass County Coroner's Office. Haverland said on Monday, Oct. 16, that the autopsy was done by a forensic pathologist at the University of North Dakota. He said Delaney may not have been aware of the problem, other than experiencing symptoms of a cold.
FARGO — The family of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind has retained high-profile California attorney Gloria Allred as its legal counsel and to deal with media requests. The announcement that Allred had been retained was made on the Facebook page of LaFontaine-Greywind's family. Allred later confirmed that she had been retained but declined to comment. The Facebook post stated: "Any requests for appearances, interviews, statements, etc., should now be coordinated through Ms. Allred's office. Please continue to respect the family's privacy."
MOORHEAD — A former Moorhead man who was charged earlier this year with three felony counts of mistreating or torturing animals in connection with the death of three cats pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Sept. 26, to one of the charges. Jalan Isaac Greer, 24, of Rapid City, S.D., entered what's known as an Alford plea, meaning he did not take responsibility but agreed a jury might find him guilty based on the evidence.