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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.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—Successful entrepreneur and hotel magnate Gary Tharaldson shared stories from his business career during an event at Minnesota State University Moorhead on Monday, April 16, wowing his audience with tales of how a boy who grew up near Dazey, N.D., on a farm that didn't have running water built a company that was sold to its employees in 1999 for about $1 billion. About 15 years later, those employees walked away with about $600 million when they sold the company, providing many with a significant retirement fund, according to Tharaldson.
KINDRED, N.D.—Chris Armbrust and her Dakota Fiber Mill in Kindred have been turning all kinds of wool into yarn since 2010, but this winter the shop added a felting machine that has opened up an entirely new line of products. Armbrust said the mill's felting capability was made possible with help from several quarters, including four students in the mechanical engineering department of North Dakota State University, who designed and built the felting machine as a senior project.
FARGO — The news that China intends to impose a 25 percent tariff on a range of U.S. imports — including soybeans, wheat, corn, beef, automobiles, chemicals and aircraft — turned up the heat Wednesday, April 4, on a subject that already has many agriculture and steel-related businesses in the state sweating. China's announcement comes in response to planned American tariffs on high-tech Chinese products.
AITKIN, Minn. — A Hastings, Minn., man was sentenced Friday, March 23, to 180 days in jail in the case of a 2016 hit-and-run that caused the death of a 10-year-old girl. Steven Lee Meier, 45, earlier pleaded guilty in Aitkin County District Court to one count of criminal vehicular homicide for leaving the scene of an accident in the death of Caylin Donovan, a girl from Lake Park, Minn., who died after a vehicle struck her near Lake Mille Lacs.
FARGO—A nationally known economist who worked on Donald Trump's presidential campaign gave a Fargo audience his take on Trump's personality and performance as president during a keynote address at the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber's annual Economic Outlook Forum held Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Delta by Marriott. Stephen Moore, who has written on the economy and public policy for the Wall Street Journal, said that during his first meeting with Trump he realized something unexpected.
SABIN, Minn. — Authorities say a 19-year-old man fired a stun gun at a Clay County sheriff's deputy before the deputy shot him with a gun on Saturday night, Feb. 10, in Sabin. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension issued a news release Monday, Feb. 12, with details of the shooting that left Brady Allan Adrian with a gunshot wound that was not life-threatening. The incident happened about 8:50 p.m. Saturday when the Clay County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a Sabin home on a report of a suicidal man with a knife.
FARGO—This time of year, many people are getting ready to file their 2017 tax returns, but it's not too early to start thinking about the 2018 tax year because of the recently approved tax overhaul signed by President Donald Trump, according to one Fargo-area tax preparer. "The way you calculate your taxes in 2018 is going to be different than 2017, which is really not much changed from prior years. It's 2018 where we're going to see the changes," said Kent Busek, a partner at Busek Olson & Associates, which advises businesses on tax matters.
FARGO—Qigang Chang and Jacob Strombeck say they've always loved working at Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services. It's just that now they love it even more after the company decided to adopt an Employee Stock Option Plan, or ESOP, which holds the potential for a bright financial future when it comes time to retire. "I know it's a very positive thing for everyone at the company," said Chang, a project engineer at Advanced Engineering, which also goes by AE2S. Strombeck, a project manager at AE2S, agreed.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A man who earlier pleaded to charges stemming from the theft of thousands of dollars worth of collectables from a rural Barnesville, Minn., home, including Nazi memorabilia, was sentenced Tuesday, Jan. 2, in Clay County District Court to 180 days in jail. As part of a plea agreement, Justin R. Marlen, who had no permanent address listed, was also ordered to pay fees of $1,160. He will also have to pay restitution if that is ordered. Marlen was given credit for having served six months.