Sarah Volpenhein, Forum News Service
OSLO, Minn. -- North Dakota Highway Patrol reports show there were 10 vehicles caught in the pileup on Interstate 29 on the day wildfires ignited along the highway last month, sending eight people to Altru Hospital with injuries ranging from minor to critical. All eight accident victims have since been released, according to DeAnn Burckhard, spokeswoman for Altru Health System.
Problem-solving courts have become a way for the courts to steer offenders to treatment rather than jail, a way to try to thwart the "revolving door."
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Grass fires along a roughly 60-mile stretch of Interstate 29 Wednesday could have been caused by burning pieces of coal falling from a truck's conveyor and onto the road, according to Walsh County Sheriff Ron Jurgens. The truck was traveling south from Walhalla, N.D., toward Grand Forks, he said. "Every time the wind would gust, it would blow some ... onto the roadway," said Jurgens Thursday.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - North Dakota is not immune to human trafficking, was the message one anti-trafficking advocate was spreading Tuesday. At an all-day anti-human trafficking workshop at the Alerus Center Tuesday, Windie Lazenko, a human trafficking survivor and founder of 4her North Dakota, called on law enforcement officers, social workers, business owners and others to play their part in identifying and combating human trafficking in their daily work. "This is just step one," Lazenko said.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Investigators are still waiting on toxicology reports in the death of a UND student over the weekend, according to UND Police Department Sgt. Danny Weigel. Alex Davis, 22, of West St. Paul, Minn., was found unresponsive just before 9 a.m. Saturday in a home at 519 Cambridge St., within UND campus, according to the UND Police Department. It could take a few weeks before investigators have the complete toxicology reports back, Weigel said Monday.
GRAND FORKS - Prosecutors decided against pressing charges against a University of North Dakota police officer who shot a suspect outside Altru Hospital last month, according to Grand Forks County...
GRAND FORKS — North Dakota stands to lose billions in revenue if oil prices continue to slip, Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley said Tuesday at a meeting of the Highway 2 West Manufacturers’ Association in Grand Forks. Under state law, if oil prices fall below a certain threshold for five consecutive months, the oil extraction tax disappears entirely for up to two years. Wrigley said that would cause a “dramatic change in state revenue” and could potentially cause an exodus of oil rigs from the state and thus jobs.
GRAND FORKS — The challenger to the longest-serving attorney general in North Dakota’s history is at a financial disadvantage, raising about a quarter million dollars less than the incumbent in campaign funds in the past 22 months, but she says she has the “fresh ideas and energy” to fit the bill. “Public office shouldn’t be a security blanket, but a calling to serve with fresh ideas and energy, which I have,” wrote Democratic underdog Kiara Kraus-Parr, who currently works as an attorney in Grand Forks, in an email. Kraus-Parr has been critical of Republican incumbent Attorney General Wayne
GRAND FORKS — A Grand Forks legislator has been named woman of the year by the North Dakota Women’s Network for her work on women’s issues in her political career. “It was quite a shock. I certainly didn't expect it,” said Rep.
FINLEY — A 61-year-old woman accused of murdering her husband appeared Wednesday in state district court in Finley and is on track to proceed to trial next year. Sherry Midstokke of Finley is charged with the murder of Lyle Midstokke, who was found dead on their bedroom floor in February, according to court records.