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DEVILS LAKE—An influx in inmates from across the state has boosted daily population numbers to near capacity at the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center, but a more permanent solution will be needed to keep the jail afloat in the long run. The LEC serves Ramsey, Benson, Towner, Eddy and Nelson counties, but the five counties and the city of Devils Lake on its own do not provide enough revenue. The jail stays viable through contracts with federal agencies and outside counties.
An operation across the Midwest this month by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents resulted in the arrest of 86 foreign nationals. The four captured in North Dakota made temporary stops in Grand Forks as part of an agreement that is critical for the jail's budget.
The process of identifying a man found encased in ice underneath a pier of the railroad bridge along the Red River in downtown Grand Forks could be a long process, investigators say. The body was found by a pedestrian walking along the river about 3:15 Wednesday afternoon inside of the wooden bridge pier. After police investigators and the Grand Forks County Medical Examiner photographed and documented the scene, Grand Forks Firefighters worked to free the body from the ice. The process took hours, but the body was recovered by 9 p.m.
A Minneapolis man is in custody after authorities say he robbed a payday loan business at gunpoint Thursday morning in Grand Forks. Grand Forks Police say Salam Abdulkadir Hussein, 27, will be charged with armed robbery, a Class B felony. A man entered the Payday Express at 1017 S. Washington St. about 8:20 a.m., brandished a gun, took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled south on foot. The suspect was described as a black male of medium build, wearing a dark mask and black clothing.
Police say a person was found dead and partially encased in ice Wednesday afternoon at the base of the railroad bridge over the Red River. Grand Forks Police Lt. Bill Macki said a passerby spotted the body inside the wooden structure at the base of a pier next to a Greenway walking path. Officers were dispatched to the scene at 3:17 p.m. and had the area taped off by 3:40 p.m.
A gentle easing into spring temperatures has reduced the threat of a major snow melt flood in the Red River Valley, according to the latest projections from the National Weather Service. On Wednesday, meteorologist Greg Gust released an updated flood outlook indicating good news for the region overall, however significant snow melt flooding remains highly possible for the Devils Lake Basin.
The East Grand Forks City Council on Tuesday put a little flower power in its budget. The council voted 4-3 to approve $10,000 for the city's flowers and a new beautification program. Last year, the council authorized $7,000, Parks and Recreation Director Reid Huttunen said. The money goes toward planting flowers in the downtown, outside the VFW and in the 17 gardens spread throughout the city's 12 parks.
NORTHLAND TOWNSHIP, Minn.—Details have been slow to emerge from a standoff in which a man died after authorities say he fired at a rural mail carrier and then a sheriff's deputy in northern Polk County Monday. Neighbors told the Herald the man who died was Duane Huderle, who they say was in his 70s. Officials with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is investigating the incident, have yet to identify the man.
WARROAD, Minn.—A Canadian woman who was detained at a Minnesota port of entry Sunday had a half-ounce of marijuana stashed inside her, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers said. CBP officials say a 26-year-old woman from Big Island, Ont., was crossing into the U.S. at the Warroad with two other Canadian citizens when the car was selected for a secondary inspection. The woman's name was not released by CBP.
A man is dead after a standoff that law enforcement officials say was prompted by him firing a rifle at a mail carrier and a Polk County Sheriff’s deputy late Monday morning. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office was called to a residence on County Road 228, north of 150th Street Northwest, at approximately 11:21 a.m. when a rural mail carrier reported a rear window of his vehicle was shattered by gunfire, according to a sheriff’s office press release.