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Brady Roemmich will be done at UND in just two weeks, but the senior forensic science major wanted to help clean up Grand Forks one more time. The Big Event saw college students converging upon Grand Forks to clean up and help out. This year marks the 12th year for the university's single day community service event. "It's nice knowing that we make an impact in the community," Roemmich said.
MESA, Ariz.-- John A. "Jack" Cronquist, a farmer, veteran and charismatic family man who owned a wide array of businesses in Gilby, N.D., and throughout the region, died Saturday in Arizona. He was 92. Born in 1922 in Erskine, Minn., Cronquist was raised in Gilby, where he spent his life as a farmer and entrepreneur who combined community service with successful business ventures. Cronquist bought the Gilby Telephone Company in 1966 for $81,000 to keep it local, as he told the Herald in 1994.
WEST FARGO—The mystery at a West Fargo elementary school began with a nibble in the kitchen. A staff member was bitten by "something" on Thursday at L.E. Berger Elementary, 631 4th Ave. E., according to a press release from West Fargo Public Schools. The district sent in some maintenence staff Friday to investigate the bite, but couldn't find a culprit. Friday afternoon, a student was bitten. "In both instances, neither the staff member nor the student saw what bit them," the release states.
A broken compressor at VFW Arena in East Grand Forks has city officials searching worldwide for replacement parts to ensure ice can be made all summer long. In early April, maintenance workers at the VFW Arena discovered the oil release valve in one of its two ice compressors needed to be replaced. There was initial concern the problem would affect the Blue Line Club's Summer Hockey Clinic in June, but officials believe they'll be able to keep ice with one compressor.
Two Grand Forks men face drug trafficking charges after police made arrests in response to a suspected drug overdose Wednesday. Officers with the Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force went to the residence of Blake Allen Holien, 24, in the 1900 block of 17th Avenue South Wednesday afternoon as a follow-up to the suspected overdose, according to an affidavit filed Friday in district court. The suspected overdose was not fatal, police told the Herald.
JOLIET, Ill.—John Lux, a longtime newspaper man who served as publisher of the Herald from 1972 to 1981, died Wednesday in his hometown of Joliet, Ill. He was 86. Lux and his family lived in Grand Forks for nine years. "While he had lots of ink and paper dust in his blood, he always has a soft spot in his heart for the Herald and the people he and my mother became friends with in Grand Forks," Tom Lux wrote of his father.
An investigation is underway to examine the death of an inmate at the Grand Forks County Correctional Center. Nathan Benedict Dogskin of Grand Forks died April 22 at Altru Hospital. He was 45. On April 21, he was found unresponsive in the Grand Forks County Correctional Center, according to the State's Attorney's office. Lt. B.J. Maxson with the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office told the Herald deputies were dispatched to the jail for a medical assist call for Dogskin at about 4 p.m. on April 21.
The husband of woman charged in Canada with smuggling Nigerian nationals from western North Dakota across the Canadian border was charged in federal court Tuesday with transporting illegal aliens. Victor Omoruyi, 40, has been charged with knowingly transporting individuals who entered the United States illegally. If convicted, Omoruyi could face up to five years in federal prison and be subject to fines.
ROSEAU, Minn.—Trooper Sylvia Maurstad is well known in northwestern Minnesota. A sergeant in the Minnesota State Patrol, Maurstad has built a reputation in Roseau and Lake of the Woods counties for aggressiveness and having court cases dismissed. This year a northern Minnesota prosecutor labeled her as an unreliable witness. In February, Roseau County Attorney Karen Foss classified Maurstad as "Giglio impaired," meaning any testimony she gives in Roseau County can be taken into question.
Three people detained in the Grand Forks County Correctional Center have been linked to a human smuggling operation that U.S. and Canadian officials say has been bringing Nigerian nationals into Canada from western North Dakota. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced human smuggling charges against 43-year-old Michelle Omoruyi of Regina, Sask., on Wednesday. Her husband, Victor Omoruyi, 40, is being held in Grand Forks County Correctional Center after being arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol on April 14.