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FARGO—The North Dakota Attorney General's Office is investigating if a Fargo contractor committed fraud leading up to its sudden closure. Parrell Grossman, director of the attorney general's Consumer Protection Division, said he directed staff to investigate possible fraud as soon as he saw news reports Monday, Oct. 23, about the abrupt closure of Studs to Rugs.
FARGO—A new advocacy group report says women in North Dakota experience one of the country's worst gender pay gaps, while the disparity in Minnesota is among the lowest in the nation. The American Association of University Women released its analysis Tuesday, Sept. 26, reporting women in North Dakota had median annual earnings of $38,407 last year compared to $51,789 for men. That amounts to an earnings ratio of 74 percent, ranking North Dakota 45th among the states.
FARGO—A bicyclist who was struck and dragged by a vehicle has died several days after the accident. Fargo Police Sgt. Jim VanLith confirmed that Randy Bryson West, 19, died sometime Saturday, Sept. 23, at Fargo's Sanford Medical Center, 5225 23rd Ave. S.
BISMARCK—Russian hackers targeted North Dakota's elections systems last year, according to new information disclosed to the state's top elections official Friday, Sept. 22. Secretary of State Al Jaeger confirmed Saturday, Sept. 23, that his office was called the previous day and notified that North Dakota was among 21 states targeted by hackers last year.
FARGO—Even as a "retailpocalypse" prompted by a shift to online shopping wipes out other stores, Hailee England isn't worried about the new business she manages in West Acres Shopping Center. The Fargo mall's newest retailer, Zumiez, opened Friday, Sept. 1, taking over the former Vanity space. The parent company of Vanity was headquartered in Fargo until it filed for bankruptcy protection this spring and closed more than 100 stores across the country.
FARGO—A local restaurant is getting some online love for its response to people digging through the trash. Rachel Nistler posted a photo to Twitter on Sunday, Aug. 27, of a sign that she said made her "very impressed" with Little Caesars, 1020 19th Ave. N. The sign is addressed to "the person going through our trash for their next meal," but it's the rest of the message that earned Nistler's post nearly 150 retweets and 900 likes by Tuesday morning, Aug. 29.
FARGO—New court documents shed some light on the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of a Fargo restaurateur, including reports by a business partner that the man borrowed $25,000 from him and owed thousands to others before vanishing. Fargo Police Detective Joshua Loos, the lead detective on the case, filed a search warrant application earlier this summer asking Verizon Wireless to provide all call, text messaging and data records, as well as cell site and location information, for Rodolfo Romo Garcia's cellphone since May 28.
FARGO—Dunkin' Donuts could start moving closer to North Dakota, but the doughnut and coffee chain doesn't yet have expansion plans in the Peace Garden State. A Minnesota Public Radio article last month said the chain, based in Canton, Mass., is starting to move west with plans to open dozens more stores in the state after opening four coffeehouses in the Twin Cities area so far.
FARGO—ICSS Supply Co. was an "inside joke" that Seth Carlson thought up when he needed a name for his new salvaged lumber company in 2012. It's also been the source of many jokes lately, and Carlson is ready for his business to move on by changing the name to Dakota Timber Co. "I can tell you the No. 1 reason was because we were sick of people calling us ISIS," he said, referring to the Islamic State militant organization.
FARGO—Unemployment rates are on the rise in the Fargo-Moorhead area, and for North Dakota and Minnesota overall. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this week that North Dakota's not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 3.0 percent last month, up from 2.6 percent in November 2016 and 2.8 percent in December 2015. Minnesota, too, recorded an uptick to a not seasonally adjusted rate of 4.0 percent last month, up from 3.3 percent the previous month and 3.7 percent a year before.