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GRAND FORKS - A Grand Forks man is suing the city for more than $50,000 after a slip at the Alerus Center allegedly caused him significant injuries. Harold Miskavige slipped on an unknown liquid during the Oct. 27 University of North Dakota football game, the lawsuit said. Miskavige fell forward and his legs extended in opposite directions, according to the court document. After the fall Miskavige required medical treatment and continues to suffer severe pain that has prevented him from doing normal activities and also caused him a loss of income, according to the document.
GRAND FORKS - The man who stole a Grand Forks police car and died minutes later in a crash on Interstate 29 Monday was facing three felony charges when officers tried to arrest him outside a Dollar Tree store.
A Warwick, N.D., man will proceed to sentencing on a second-degree murder charge for killing a woman on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation more than three years ago. Investigators linked Billy Joe Herman and his wife, Crystal Marie Herman, to the crime after 36-year-old Amanda Jean Stach Engst's body was found in the Sheyenne River on Feb. 4, 2016 south of Warwick, which is 25 miles south of Devils Lake.
GRAND FORKS -- A former Frandsen Bank employee is accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars during a 10-month period, according to a court document. Amber Nicole Ostgard, 32, is facing charges of misapplication of entrusted property, theft, forgery and unauthorized use of personal identifying information. Three of the charges each hold maximum penalties of 20 years in prison.
GRAND FORKS — None of the 12 jurors glanced at 52-year-old Jeffrey Scott Krogstad as they reentered the Grand Forks County District courtroom Thursday, April 25, after about an hour of deliberation. Shortly after Judge John Thelen read out the guilty verdict for gross sexual imposition, the 7-year-old victim’s family hugged one another while some held back tears. Sentencing for Krogstad is scheduled for September. He could face up to life in prison.
A Grand Forks woman was sentenced Friday, April 19, in federal court for her role in a fentanyl overdose death. Her sister was also sentenced last week on similar charges. Kelly Jo Nelsrud, 41, will spend 12 1/2 years in prison for two counts of aiding and abetting the distribution of a controlled substance resulting in serious bodily injury and death. A charge for conspiracy to sell the drugs was dismissed.
GRAND FORKS - State Board of Higher Education Chairman Don Morton says the North Dakota University System is not forcing University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy to resign as he waits to hear about a job opportunity. Kennedy is the sole finalist for the presidency at the University of Colorado and would oversee four campuses in the system. There is a 14-day waiting period before the CU Board of Regents takes a final vote.
GRAND FORKS -- Former interim University of North Dakota President Ed Schafer said Monday, April 15, he wouldn’t rule out serving in that capacity again, although he doesn’t consider himself a candidate for a full-time position. The former governor was interim president at UND in 2016, prior to current President Mark Kennedy’s arrival. Kennedy is the sole finalist for the presidency at the University of Colorado and would oversee four campuses in that system. There is a 14-day waiting period before the CU Board of Regents takes a final vote on Kennedy.
A Grand Forks woman is facing a felony charge after her child was brought to the hospital with multiple rib fractures, bruises, a burn and was in severe pain. An affidavit for 25-year-old Terrica Le’Sha Rean’s arrest said her 1-year-old boy appeared “exhausted and almost lifeless” at the hospital. She is facing a felony charge of child neglect and could spend up to five years in prison if convicted.
GRAND FORKS — Views of the Red River from above show the spreading waterway reaching nearly to the Sorlie Bridge and well beyond its banks to the east and west. The good news is that a massive storm brewing to the south is only expected to skirt the northern Red River Valley and probably won’t add much to the floodwaters, according to the National Weather Service. Early estimates show Grand Forks may get between 3 and 4 inches of snow, although it could be significantly more or less. Devils Lake could see less than an inch.