Christopher Bjorke is the content editor for the Grand Forks Herald. He first worked for the Herald in 1997 and most recently since 2011. His jobs at the Herald have included covering local government, state politics, business and economics, and the health care industry.
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The three-day reign of Grand Forks native Gavin Borchert as a "Jeopardy!" champion came to an end in an episode that aired Monday. Borchert racked up the correct answers in the latest episode of the long-running quiz show and went into the final round in second place with $18,200. He correctly answered that a jellyfish is the most venomous marine creature, adding $17,500 to his total. But it wasn't enough to hold off newcomer Deborah Elliott, a Cleveland educator who also gave the right answer and edged out Borchert by $1,100.
Grand Forks native Gavin Borchert is on the road to another appearance on "Jeopardy!" next week after correctly answering a Final Jeopardy question about writer Cormac McCarthy. Borchert's third win this week earned him $20,800 and a return appearance as defending champion on the long-running TV quiz show Monday at 5 p.m. on CBS. The latest episode aired Friday.
DEVILS LAKE—A federal regulator announced Friday it has taken over operations of Citizens Community Credit Union, based in Devils Lake. The National Credit Union Administration placed the bank into conservatorship "because of unsafe and unsound practices at the credit union," the agency said in an announcement on its website Friday. The move and removes the bank's board and management, according to the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas.
Winter made a comeback more than a month into spring, dropping a record 4 inches of snow in Grand Forks by 7 p.m. Wednesday. The high moisture content of the big flakes made for a blanket of snow that smashed the previous snowfall record for the date, set in 1966, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Barrett. "It's as fluffy as you're ever going to get," he said. While the normal high for April 26 is closer to 60, temperatures hovered near freezing throughout the day.
James C. Ray, a major donor to UND aviation and innovation programs, died Saturday in Florida at the age of 94. Ray was a venture capitalist who gave nearly $25 million to UND innovation and aviation programs. Over the years, he donated millions to the Center for Innovation Foundation, the UND Aerospace Foundation and the UND Foundation. According to a 2003 Herald article, he was the second-biggest UND donor after Ralph Engelstad, who gave more than $100 million for the UND hockey arena.
The former Editor and Publisher of the Grand Forks Herald joined Mac and discussed the repeal of The Fairness Doctrine ( a policy of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), introduced in 1949, that required the holders of broadcast licenses both to present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was — in the Commission’s view — honest, equitable, and balanced ); his respect and confidence for the workings of our Republic and the current crankiness of elected officials whose job it is to fund edu
Amazing Grains food cooperative in Grand Forks has improved its financial position but needs to increase its business before it is stable, according its board. The downtown natural food store and deli has been cutting costs, changing its inventory and improving its appearance since November, when it announced a significant drop in business after new competition entered the market and it discovered a significant employee theft. Its board emailed a business update to its members Wednesday and asked for their help.
Grand Forks City Council members have the choice of turning downtown Arbor Park over to the Park District or putting the question to voters after City Attorney Howard Swanson determined the proposal laid out by activists seeking to stop development of the park was legal.
An elderly man died in a fire in his home in rural Nelson County last week. Firefighters with McVille Fire and Ambulance responded to a report of a fire at a farmstead on rural 22nd Street Northeast, about 6 miles southeast of McVille, at 11:45 p.m. Dec. 16, according to Nelson County Sheriff Keith Olson. The house was occupied by Theodore Roisland, 86. Investigators found Roisland's body about 10:40 Saturday morning. Olson said Roisland lived alone and did not have close relatives in the area. He was last seen about 5 p.m. Friday.
CROOKSTON—A 34-year-old woman who had been living in a makeshift shelter near Crookston before her death Friday was "a ray of sunshine ... just vibrant and really alive," her companion said Wednesday. But she could not overcome years of alcoholism and mental illness. Lee Tibbets, 57, called 911 when Erin Leigh Koplitz was unresponsive after taking pills that morning in the shelter they shared in a wooded area along the Red Lake River west of town. "She just went so far under, she didn't wake up," Tibbets said, sitting in a motel room acquaintances had paid for.