Stephen J. Lee, Forum News Service
GRAND FORKS — Although pastors from Grand Forks and Grafton are nominees to be elected this weekend the new bishop of the Eastern North Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America during a meeting in the Alerus Center, you won’t see lawn sides or billboards or hear campaign announcements on the radio. Church elections for bishops in the ELCA are rather delicate, and campaigning for the office is seen as sort of a sin. In fact, often the biggest fans of the nominees hope they lose. “I don’t want anyone to vote for him,” said Loretta Moe, longtime member of Grafton Lutheran, wi
Each day, some 600 oil-tanker cars pass through Crookston, Minn., on their way west to North Dakota’s Oil Patch, and, even though their tanks are empty, Fire Chief Tim Froeber said he isn’t any less worried about them than if their tanks were full. “The empty ones can be just as dangerous because they are full of fumes,” he said. Recently, he said, he’s heard from federal officials and others that more train traffic is headed his way because of backups farther down the line.
GRAND FORKS — “Piled higher and deeper” is an old college joke about a Ph.D.
The slow rail service threatening the livelihood of farmers in the Upper Midwest has gotten better in recent weeks, but at the Forest River Bean Co., the railcars ordered from BNSF or Canadian Pacific are still two to three months behind, said the company president. Brian Schanilec, a fifth generation farmer, called the crisis the worst that his family has ever faced, worse even than the 1930s. “We survived the Great Depression,” he said.
GRAND FORKS — A former pharmacist is accused of stealing more than 2,000 painkiller pills from the Grand Forks drugstore he managed and peddling them to others. Investigators say Aaron...
GRAND FORKS — A soldier’s shooting rampage Wednesday at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas has raised questions about the role of post-traumatic stress disorder, but a retired Air Force psychologist now working at the University of North Dakota said he doesn’t believe combat really has anything to do with it. “The combat stress or PTSD doesn’t cause a massacre like this,” said retired Lt. Col. Randy Nedegaard, a professor of social work.
GRAND FORKS — The military has revealed more about the fatal shooting of an airman by Grand Forks Air Force Base security in July. Tech. Sgt.
GRAND FORKS — Eric Sansburn, a sergeant in the North Dakota Army National Guard’s military police unit, pleaded not guilty in Grand Forks on Friday to federal charges that he committed sex crimes against children for years. The allegations include interstate transport of underage girls for sexual purposes, producing pornographic videos of a minor girl and possessing child pornography showing victims as young as 6. Sansburn, 29, grew up in Grand Forks.
GRAND FORKS — Domestic violence workers and police are working to better identify when a domestic disturbance can turn lethal. The Community Violence Intervention Center in Grand Forks is bringing in a new training method to give officers and anyone responding to domestic violence better tools in assessing how lethal any situations might be to add more certainty to getting more help faster to where it’s needed the most.
GRAND FORKS — A state district judge in Grand Forks sentenced Ronald Samdahl on Tuesday to serve two years in prison because of a drunken driving law that took effect only 45 days before he was arrested. A jury convicted him last week after a short trial and an hour of deliberation on the felony charge. The new stiffer driving-under-the-influence laws in North Dakota as of July 1 not only ensured Samdahl, a multiple DUI offender in two states, would serve time, it also made him willing to risk a jury trial instead of pleading guilty as he always did before and most others do when charged wit