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GRAND FORKS — Altru Health System said it did not discriminate against a Scientologist doctor while he worked there, denying any claims it forced him to resign. In a court document filed last month in federal court, the Grand Forks health care provider denied any wrongdoing and allegations by Dr. Ralph Highshaw, who claims in a lawsuit Altru “engaged in unlawful employment practices,” violated his civil rights, created a hostile work environment and retaliated against him because of his religion.
EDMORE, N.D. -- A former pastor faces 10 years in prison after being accused of stealing almost $35,000 from his parish in northeast North Dakota over the past 14 years. Donald Lee Reynolds, an Edmore resident who was born in 1959, is scheduled to appear at the end of the month in Ramsey County District Court on a Class B felony charge of theft.
GRAND FORKS - Grand Forks Police have identified a man who was found dead in a vehicle Monday, Jan. 7, near Interstate 29 in north Grand Forks. Officers who were conducting a welfare check Monday night found Larry K. Haroldson, 60, had died in a Volkswagen passenger car that was sitting at 1200 N. 47th St., according to a news release. He had no permanent address, and there were no plates on the vehicle, Lt. Brett Johnson said Tuesday.
GRAND FORKS — Kelly Armstrong will have offices in Grand Forks, Fargo, Bismarck and a fourth in northwest North Dakota when he becomes the state’s lone representative in the U.S. House. Armstrong, who will take over for Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer on Jan. 3, is in the process of hiring his administration and likely will announce his staff next week, he said on Tuesday, Dec. 11. He said he is securing space in four cities in North Dakota.
GRAND FORKS — Two years of waiting for medical marijuana to be made available in North Dakota is almost over, and dispensaries are likely just months away from opening. The state Department of Health has named two companies to manufacture medical marijuana in North Dakota and selected four businesses to open dispensaries in Fargo, Bismarck, Williston and Grand Forks. Former University of North Dakota hockey and NHL player David Hale and business partner Jon O’Keefe will open the Grand Forks location under the name Strive Life.
GRAND FORKS — A Grand Forks woman has been acquitted on sexual assault and attempted murder charges related to accusations she beat a woman with a hammer. She was found guilty on a lesser charge but will face no additional jail time in the case. Rebecca Dakota Grant, 31, smiled after a Grand Forks District Court clerk read the verdict Friday evening, Dec. 7, in the case that stemmed from a May 22 incident that left a woman injured. The woman accused Grant of raping and sodomizing her, as well as beating her with a claw hammer.
FARGO -- Two men have admitted to their involvement in the August 2016 shooting death of a woman on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation after planning to rob her.
GRAND FORKS — The final push for selling Halloween costumes is upon retailers, and stores like Party City in Grand Forks are bracing for hordes of people to flood their spaces in hopes of finding that perfect getup. "We have Halloween on a Tuesday this year, so the majority of our sales will be the weekend before, which will be this weekend," said Michelle Moore, the manager of the Grand Forks Party City.
GRAND FORKS — The call for a congressional process that threatened to close Grand Forks Air Force Base in the past is gaining support, and Grand Forks needs to be ready to make its case if it happens, military experts said Wednesday, Oct. 11. "I think there is new momentum and I know DOD (the Department of Defense) probably is going to request it again next year," said Matt Borron, chief operating officer for the Association of Defense Communities.
GRAND FORKS — There is no doubt growing demand and international threats in the Arctic Circle deserve attention, a top military leader from Washington said Tuesday, Oct. 10, in Grand Forks. But there are challenges the Air Force faces in meeting those needs, and how the country goes about defending the Arctic gets complicated, he said.