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DEVILS LAKE—One of two Devils Lake residents accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a mentally impaired teen pleaded not guilty Thursday. Patrick Alan Leiphon, 52, entered the plea in Ramsey County District Court for five Class A felony charges of gross sexual imposition. Sherene A. Kraft, 50, who also faces the same charges, is scheduled to enter a plea Nov. 5.
GRAND FORKS—A list of the best universities in the country ranked the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University near the bottom third. U.S. News & World Report ranked UND 205th out of 312 national universities for 2019. The school ranked 112 out of 132 top public schools. The University of Minnesota-Crookston ranked second in regional colleges in the Midwest and has been among the best three schools for 22 years straight. NDSU was ranked at 215 in national universities and 121 in top public schools.
GRAND FORKS—A Grand Forks man accused of killing a 5-month-old girl will be held on a $100,000 bond, a judge ruled Monday. Family and friends of baby Brynley Rachelle Rymer crowded the courtroom Monday at the Grand Forks County Courthouse and muffled tears during Mason Matthew Kamrowski's hearing. He was arrested Friday and charged with the child's murder.
THOMPSON, N.D.—A 21-year-old man died Sunday, Sept. 9, after being treated for third-degree burns caused by hot tar during a truck crash, according to a press release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Bradley Jackson of Woodlands, Man., was driving eastbound Wednesday on Grand Forks County Road 7 east of Thompson in a 2011 Peterbilt truck with a tanker trailer filled with hot tar, according to a release. The truck swerved to the right, landed on its side and spilled about 6,000 gallons of tar in the ditch and roadway, the release said.
GRAND FORKS - A former University student who was arrested for selling drugs out of her dorm room will not spend time in jail after pleading guilty Friday. Kelly Ara Garrison, 19, pleaded guilty to a felony charge for possession of LSD with the intent to sell. She was sentenced to two years of probation and 250 hours of community service as part of a plea agreement. The felony charge will drop from her record in two years if she successfully completes probation.
NIELSVILLE, Minn.—Sam Gerbracht never imagined the success of her Nielsville bar would depend on a bridge—but three years after the 79-year-old bridge that connects Nielsville to North Dakota closed, the bar's business has decreased significantly. She said the bar makes about $60,000 less per year since the bridge closed because it is less accessible to neighboring North Dakota customers. A gaping hole in the bridge's surface spurred a funding feud between Minnesota and North Dakota that highlights a significant difference in bridge upkeep between the states.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- A Lake Region Correctional Center inmate killed himself Sunday morning, Sept. 2, officials said. The Devils Lake Police Department is investigating the death of David James Grove, 57, of Devils Lake, jail Director Rob Johnson said. He confirmed Grove’s death was caused by self-inflicted injuries.
DRAYTON, N.D.—For as long as Kris Heine can remember, the historic church nestled into the rural Drayton cornfields near the Red River has been the place she calls home. She was baptized there, she married her husband there and it's where she buried both her parents.
CAVALIER, N.D.—The owner of a historic nuclear missile bunker in Cavalier has big dreams for the site—including a survival TV show, a bed and breakfast with a dance floor and an indestructible home for the end of the world. Melbourne Sann, of Rome, N.Y., started offering tours this summer of his nuclear bunker, Remote Sprint Launch 3, which is part of the Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex. He purchased the site during a 2013 government auction and has spent every summer since living there while working on repairs.
GRAND FORKS—North Dakota ranked among states that use the internet least, according to a recent study. The AT&T study suggested that constant internet access is not as common throughout the "10 least internet-obsessed states" as it is in states with more frequent use. The study said states with less usage tend to be rural and scenic. North Dakota has the seventh least-frequent use, while the study ranks Minnesota eighth for most usage. South Dakota and Alaska were least obsessed.