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CLEARBROOK, Minn. — The man accused of firing a high-powered rifle at a helicopter carrying federal and local drug task force agents Monday faces three felony charges, including second-degree attempted murder. Carstie Lee Clausen, 71, of Clearbrook appeared Tuesday in Clearwater County District Court, where a judge set bail at $300,000 without conditions or $150,000 with conditions. In addition to attempted murder, prosecutors charged Clausen with first-degree assault for use of deadly force against a peace officer and a dangerous weapon charge. Both are felonies.
CLEARBROOK, Minn. — A Polk County Sheriff's deputy suffered injuries from breaking glass when a man fired at a helicopter the deputy was riding in Monday morning. Charges are pending against Carstie Lee Clausen of Clearbrook, who reportedly shot twice at the helicopter with a high-powered rifle. The deputy was not identified in a news release from the Clearwater County Sheriff's Office, but the release did note they were treated and released from Essentia Hospital in nearby Fosston, Minn.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Accomplishments made with unmanned aircraft systems in North Dakota were recognized recently during a workshop hosted on the White House campus. The "Workshop on Drones and the Future of Aviation" assembled leaders from areas of industry, academia and government to outline the future of integrating unmanned aircraft, also known as drones, into the national airspace and discuss necessary policies to ensure that happens, according to a news release.
BISBEE, N.D. — The summer of wild weather continued to whip through the region this week and officials spent Thursday confirming tornadoes and surveying damage. High winds whipped tornados and severe thunderstorms through northeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota, leaving broken tree branches and other damage in their wake Wednesday night. Tornado sightings, with several area residents catching the events on video, were spotted near Bisbee and Wolford, both located northwest of Devils Lake.
The next Drone Biz luncheon has been scheduled for Aug. 11 in Grand Forks. Speakers during this month’s event will focus on new federal unmanned aircraft regulations — known as Part 107. Click here for more.
The filing period for local government positions opened Tuesday, and five candidates have thrown their names in the ring for the mayor's office and City Council seats. Steve Gander, a lifetime East Grand Forks resident who has served on the City Council and various city boards, has filed for the mayor's office. Lynn Stauss, who has served as mayor since 1996, announced July 19 that he would not seek another term.
A five-member committee has been assembled to review proposals that pitch redevelopment ideas for a downtown Grand Forks park. City Council member Crystal Schneider will serve as chairwoman of the committee, which is tasked with vetting three proposals for Arbor Park at 15 S. Third St. and returning a recommendation to the full council. Schneider will be joined by council member Bret Weber; Jamie Lunski, owner of HB Sound & Light; Jon Ramsey, owner of Assurity Finance & Development; and Klaus Thiessen, president of the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation.
For the first time in 15 years, a new face will be serving as city engineer in East Grand Forks. The title has been held by Greg Boppre, office manager of Widseth Smith Nolting's East Grand Forks office, but he said it is time to pass on the responsibilities to someone else. "One of the things I firmly believe in my business is transition," he said a recent City Council meeting.
FOSSTON, Minn.—The race between two Democratic candidates for the Minnesota District 1B House seat continues to heat up, now with allegations of breaking campaign finance laws. On July 28, Erwin Rud submitted a complaint to the state Campaign Finance & Public Disclosure Board accusing fellow candidate Mike Moore of accepting contributions from a corporation and other actions illegal under state law. "It's all false," Moore told the Herald. "None of the accusations are true."
A Global Hawk based at Grand Forks Air Force Base helped its aircraft model hit more than 200,000 flight hours logged since it was rolled out for service nearly 15 years ago. The high-altitude unmanned aircraft is utilized by the U.S. Air Force for intelligence gathering missions, with Global Hawks under the branch’s command accounting for 88 percent of the flight hours totaled, according to a news release. Click here to read more!