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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.
A Michigan priest who retired to Grand Forks is in the process of being extradited to his home state after being charged with embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from his former church. Rev. David Ernest Fisher, 70, was arrested at his Grand Forks home on March 11 on an extradition order from Shiawassee County, Mich.
One suspect is in custody and another is at large after an armed garage burglary on Grand Forks’ south side Saturday morning, according to police. Ashley Roesler, 21, has been booked into the Grand Forks County Correctional Center. The Grand Forks Police Department says she will be charged with burglary. Police responded to the 2800 block of 20th Ave. S. at 11:19 a.m. Saturday on reports of a burglary in progress in a garage.
Third Street in downtown Grand Forks transformed into a green zone Saturday as hundreds lined the street for the ninth annual Kem Shriners St. Patrick's Day Parade. "It's exposure for us and what we do," said Kem Shriners director Ken Huhta. "And it's a lot of fun." Revelers poured out of downtown bars to check out the parade as it traveled north on Third Street, from Widman's Candy Shop to Kelly's bar. Families lined the streets in their green, receiving candy from various floats and parading Shriners.
As North Dakota lawmakers close in on the end of the 2017 session, Grand Forks residents had a final opportunity to let their representatives know what they want prioritized at a legislative forum Saturday at City Hall. The forum, hosted by the Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce and moderated by Garth Rydland, gave the legislators a chance to share updates from their respective committees and allowed constituents to ask questions and give advice. About 60 people attended.