Christopher Bjorke is the content editor for the Grand Forks Herald. He first worked for the Herald in 1997 and most recently since 2011. His jobs at the Herald have included covering local government, state politics, business and economics, and the health care industry.
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GRAND FORKS—A little boy from Grand Forks will be in a big spotlight in New York City this weekend. Eighteen-month-old Cutler James Thompson will be part of a display in Times Square on Saturday in a video for the New York Buddy Walk, an event promoting awareness and acceptance of people with Down syndrome. "I just sent (Cutler's photo) in thinking, 'Oh gosh, it's a long shot,'" said Cutler's mother, Amy Sanders, who submitted her son's picture to the National Down Syndrome Society to help promote this weekend's walk.
CROOKSTON, Minn.—A 34-year-old woman who had been living in a makeshift shelter near Crookston before her death last Friday was "a ray of sunshine ... just vibrant and really alive," her companion said Wednesday, Nov. 23. But she could not overcome years of alcoholism and mental illness. Lee Tibbets, 57, called 911 when Erin Leigh Koplitz was unresponsive after taking pills that morning in a shelter they shared in a wooded area along the Red Lake River west of Crookston.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- Devils Lake state Rep. Curt Hofstad has died, according to the North Dakota Governor’s Office. Hofstad, a Republican, had served in the House since 2007. His biography on the Legislature’s website said he was a farmer and had been involved in the Devils Lake area as a member of the Starkweather School Board, the Devils Lake Airport Authority and the State Water Commission.
GRAND FORKS — Pedestrians in Grand Forks’ near southside neighborhood have a reminder this week that their stroll down the street is part of a grand journey. “Congratulations! “Today is your day. “You’re off to Great Places! “You’re off and away!” Those words and the rest of Dr.
FINLEY, N.D. -- The home of a Finley, N.D., woman accused of murdering her husband was destroyed in a fire Friday night. Fire broke out at Sherry Midstokke's home here sometime before 6:30 p.m., when a firefighter who lives in the neighborhood saw the blaze, according to Steele County Sheriff Wayne Beckman. The firefighter found Midstokke's son, David Midstokke, in the smoke-filled house and helped him escape.
GRAND FORKS — Homecoming week took a criminal twist after three men listed as candidates for North Dakota State University’s homecoming royalty were arrested while allegedly trying to hang a...
GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota has named eight buildings it plans to vacate because of their poor condition or maintenance and repair needs, including two of the campus’ older buildings and two housing women’s programs and multicultural services. UND spokesman Peter Johnson said the designation means the university is evaluating their use and did not necessarily mean they would be demolished. “We haven’t made any decisions on exactly what will happen,” he said, though some were more likely to be torn down. “What we try to figure out is what is the best use of the space with ha
GRAND FORKS — Representatives of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa came to the Grand Forks City Council on Tuesday with a few details of a proposed casino they say could bring 1,000 jobs and $100 million in gaming revenue, along with a plea for cooperation. “If we don’t work side by side and step by step to pursue this, of course it will never happen,” Tribal Chairman Richard McCloud told council members, who peppered the officials with skeptical questions about the project, similar to an earlier failed effort in Grand Forks. In the end, the council members approved a resolution to take t