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ROLETTE COUNTY, N.D.—A Dunseith, N.D., man is dead after a rollover crash Monday evening on a closed road, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The 56-year-old man was traveling north on 35th Avenue Northeast about five miles southeast of Dunseith in a 2003 Buick LeSabre, the Highway Patrol said. The road had been washed out and was closed to traffic. The man lost control when he hit the washed out section of the road at 8:02 p.m. Monday, Troopers said. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
By 2022, the city of Grand Forks could face a $16 million deficit in its capital improvement fund, City Administrator Todd Feland said Monday night. The North Dakota Legislature wrapped up last week, and while Bismarck is sending $30 million to Grand Forks for its water treatment plant, funding for other infrastructure in the city is unlikely to come from state coffers.
A Grand Forks man who faced 19 counts of possessing child pornography and multiple drug trafficking charges will spend about three months in jail after the majority of his offenses were dismissed as part of a plea deal. Christopher Anthony Davis, 37, was sentenced to serve one year in jail Monday, with 244 days suspended and credit for three days served, for a total of 117 days behind bars.
EAST GRAND FORKS-- The East Grand Forks City Council is expected to significantly lower interment fees at Resurrection Cemetery at its meeting Tuesday. The city currently charges $600 for interment and perpetual beautification of its grave sites, but is lowering the cost to $125 to reflect its move from actual digging.
Amazing Grains Natural Food Cooperative, a downtown organic grocer and deli, will close its doors next week, the store announced in a letter to its members Saturday night. The co-op cited long term financial hardship, which was aggravated by organic giant Natural Grocers opening on the south end of Grand Forks in August 2016. Amazing Grains saw a 30 percent loss in sales since Natural Grocers opened, according to the letter.
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.