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CROOKSTON—An East Grand Forks man has been sentenced to serve several months in jail after having sexual relations with an incapacitated girl in June 2012. Diamond Pipiles was sentenced to 210 days in jail after pleading guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct at a hearing Friday in Minnesota 9th District Court in Crookston.
While country music star Eric Church drew a record-breaking crowd at the Ralph Engelstad Arena April 7, local law enforcement paid close attention. Between the Grand Forks Sheriff's Department and...
The State Board of Higher Education Academic and Student Affairs Committee approved 27 tenure appointments and discussed changes to a handful of academic programs at UND Thursday. At a meeting...
The Grand Forks County state's attorney is looking into what actions a set of landowners can take after they said their parcel was negatively altered during a mandated junk cleanup five years ago. Ross and Carol Weiler voiced their concerns to the Grand Forks County Commission at a meeting Tuesday, saying the contractors who cleaned up their one-acre parcel in December 2010 in Brenna Township left debris scattered throughout and discarded more than they were supposed to. The Weilers bought the land in 1996 and Lane Magnuson, county planner, told the commission documentation about junk on the
UND is hosting a traveling exhibition honoring the 200-year anniversary of Norway's Constitution. The exhibit features mixed media pieces from Norwegian artists that include paintings, sculptures and a variety of other mediums. An opening reception with refreshments will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday on the third floor of the Chester Fritz Library and the exhibit will continue to be displayed through April 23 at that location. Curt Hanson, the department head of the Elwyn B.
A few weeks after the Grand Forks County Commission decided not to support a social detox center, commissioners are calling for a meeting with the groups involved to see how to best move forward. The center would be a place where intoxicated people who aren't committing crimes or in need of medical attention could sober up.
The Grand Forks County Commission is talking about addressing issues at the County Correctional Center after complaints arose in February concerning visitation services. After the Herald published an article outlining reported issues at the center making inmate visitation difficult, the center's administrator Bret Burkholder told the commission many of the reported issues were exaggerated. Visitors use phones and TV monitors to visit with inmates and commissioner Tom Falck told the commission at a meeting Tuesday he had heard while on one occasion there were no difficulties with getting abou
The Grand Forks County Commission voted to extend a burn ban until further notice at a meeting Tuesday. The ban was put into effect on a temporary basis April 1 by Sheriff Bob Rost and Commission Chairwoman Diane Knauf. Anyone violating the burn ban is subject to being found guilty of a Class B misdemeanor, which carries a penalty of up to 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine per incident plus the cost of extinguishing the fire.
The College Democrats of North Dakota is holding the first annual convention at UND's campus April 10 and 11. What started out as small groups at the campuses of UND and North Dakota State University has converged into one statewide entity known as the University Democrats of North Dakota until a couple months ago when the name was changed to be more all encompassing. "Our organization's main goal is to charter chapters at other campuses," Communications Director and UND student Jed Hanson. The group appears to be making progress as prospective chapters have popped up at Dickinson State Un
After UND Student Government officials provided documents detailing the possibility of a steep tuition hike to the Herald, Student Body President Tanner Franklin is still concerned the university isn't being transparent. The draft proposal document outlined three possible options for altering the school's tuition model that officials said were responses to a State Board of Higher Education initiative to improve graduation and retention rates.