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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.
The husband of a Canadian woman being charged with human smuggling is being held in the Grand Forks County Correctional Center, jail records show. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced human smuggling charges against 43-year-old Michelle Omoruyi of Regina, Sask., on Wednesday. The charges came after a four-month investigation by the Integrated Border Enforcement Team, a joint U.S.-Canadian operation, according to a press release by the RCMP.
CROOKSTON—Jon Stronstad is beat up. A green-tinted sore still shows on his wrist, where he was handcuffed after he was sprayed with Mace and arrested early this month — in front of his home and while his parents watched. Hospital discharge papers say he suffered a fractured rib, which Stronstad says happened when Crookston Police officers kneed his midsection in the early morning hours of April 2.
A man found dead Wednesday evening near the Red River in Lincoln Park has been identified as a Grand Forks resident. Grand Forks Police identified the man as Erik D. Shulind Thursday morning. He was 40. Foul play is not suspected, nor are there any risks to city residents, police say. An investigation is underway, and his body has been taken to the UND Forensic Pathology Center for autopsy. The cause of death has yet to be determined. A passerby saw Shulind's body lying in the woods off a walking path in Lincoln Park at 5:21 p.m. Wednesday.
Two Grand Forks women have been arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking after authorities tied them to a large methamphetamine seizure in March. Last month, authorities found 5.5 ounces of methamphetamine executing a search warrant at the home of 23-year-old Alexis Marie Delorme after intercepting her during an alleged drug deal outside the Italian Moon restaurant on South Washington Street.
An frequent Libertarian candidate and an agribusiness giant continue to battle in court over the remaining dollars of a court-ordered repayment for a check issued by mistake. Roland Riemers was ordered to pay back agribusiness power CHS Inc. more than $44,000 after the company sent him a check accidentally in 2015, which he cashed, by a Grand Forks judge and the North Dakota Supreme Court.