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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.
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.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — A Fergus Falls auto dealership has filed a defamation suit against a Twin Cities-based TV news station, alleging that KARE 11 published false and misleading statements in stories about a former dealership employee and claims of overcharging law enforcement agencies. The suit filed Thursday, Dec. 28, in U.S. District Court by Nelson Auto Center names KARE 11 as a defendant along with related business entities Multimedia Holdings Corp., a South Carolina corporation with offices in McLean, Va., and Tegna Inc., which also has offices in McLean.
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.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — The Catholic Diocese of Crookston has reinstated a priest who was placed on administrative leave as pastor of parishes in Dilworth and Hawley after allegations of abuse surfaced in early 2016. Father Patrick Sullivan has been reinstated to priestly ministry at St. Elizabeth's Parish in Dilworth and St. Andrew's Parish in Hawley, the diocese said in a statement released Tuesday, Dec. 26.
FARGO — The emerald ash borer is getting closer to North Dakota. That's according to news from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which reports it has found the pest in Winnipeg. "Winnipeg is only a short 65 miles north of the North Dakota border," North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said in a written statement.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A Hawley, Minn., man already facing a charge in Clay County District Court of sexually assaulting an acquaintance is now accused of trying to bribe the victim to make the case go away by offering to buy her a mobile home. Alexander John Cookson, 28, is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct, false imprisonment, conspiracy to commit bribery and attempted bribery, all felonies.
FARGO — A federal judge on Thursday, Dec. 21, sentenced a Chicago man to 40 years in prison for the sex trafficking of five women, including one minor. Prosecutors had asked for a life sentence for Anthony Collier, 30, but U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson said it was possible Collier might someday grow up and put his intelligence and talents to legitimate use.