5 things to know today: Williams hospitalized, “impartial” law firm, job as a lawyer, trade disputes, tax receipts – InForum
1. Former Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams suffers a stroke
Former Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams suffered a stroke, according to a Facebook post from his account on Thursday, September 15. Her husband, Ron Williams, posted the message on behalf of the former mayor, saying she asked him to post the update.
She was taken by ambulance to Sanford Hospital in Fargo around 5 p.m. Wednesday, where she remained Thursday.
Ron Williams said his wife is having difficulty using the phone at the moment and her recovery may be slow.
Del Rae Williams was mayor of Moorhead from 2014 to 2018. She decided not to seek a second term.
2. Commission on Human Rights to call for ‘impartial’ investigations into officer-involved shootings
The Fargo Human Rights Commission took an unusual step Thursday, September 15, after a member of the public offered to open a new investigation into the shooting deaths of two North Dakota residents.
Wess Philome, a longtime area activist, approached the commission at its regular meeting, asking them to consider a motion to ask the Fargo City Commission for an “independent and impartial firm” to investigate the shooting deaths of Shane Netterville of Jamestown and Andrew Martinez of Mapleton.
Philome’s request, which he had initially attempted to table as an item on the committee’s agenda, became a motion, which the committee passed unanimously.
“The awareness of this council needs to be bigger and you need to challenge the city. When you speak, you speak for us. You are now the human rights council, and it is your job to protect our human rights,” Philome told the commission.
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3. Fargo attorney nominated for US attorney position in North Dakota
Mac Schneider, a Fargo attorney and Democratic politician, was asked to lead the U.S. Attorney’s Office in North Dakota.
President Joe Biden announced Thursday, September 15, that he had nominated Schneider for the position. Schneider’s law firm takes cases on Social Security disabilities, Minnesota workers’ compensation, and personal injury.
The US Senate must vote to appoint Schneider as US attorney. It is not known when this could happen.
Schneider declined to comment, citing the nomination process.
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4. Report Shows Stock Trading Disputes for 3 Minnesota Congressmen; 1 from North Dakota
Three members of the Minnesota congressional delegation and a senator from North Dakota were flagged for potential conflicts of interest over stock trading in a report published this week by The New York Times.
who bought or sold stocks or other financial assets or reported transactions by spouses or dependent children.
The analysis covered transactions between 2019 and 2021 from a congressional financial disclosure database. The Times matched the transactions with member committee assignments and dates of congressional hearings and other inquiries.
Members of Congress are required to disclose transactions, but are not prohibited from trading while in office. Some members have their assets transferred to blind trusts to avoid a conflict. In recent years, there have been growing calls for greater restrictions on members’ ability to trade stocks.
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5. North Dakota posts $5.9 billion in second-quarter taxable sales, up 11.5% from a year earlier
North Dakota Tax Commissioner Brian Kroshus announced via press release Thursday, September 15 that the state recorded an 11.5% increase in taxable sales and purchases in the second quarter of 2021 to 2022.
In total, taxable sales and purchases for April, May and June were $5.9 billion, Kroshus’ office said.
“This is the fifth consecutive quarter that North Dakota has seen double-digit growth in taxable sales and purchases,” Kroshus said via press release. “This growth shows that the state’s economy has been growing steadily since the second quarter of 2021.”
Thirteen of the state’s top 15 industries saw their taxable sales and purchases increase year over year. According to the statement, the largest percentage increase came from the mining and oil extraction sector, where sales increased by 37.7%.
“Although inflationary pressure and a higher cost of goods are present, the strength of North Dakota’s well-balanced economy prevails, with the majority of industries reporting growth,” Kroshus added in a statement. “The mining and oil extraction sector and the wholesale trade sector have also seen double-digit growth every quarter since the second quarter of 2021.”