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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A little boy from Grand Forks will be in a big spotlight in New York City this weekend. Eighteen-month-old Cutler James Thompson will be part of a display in Times Square on Saturday in a video for the New York Buddy Walk, an event promoting awareness and acceptance of people with Down syndrome. "I just sent (Cutler's photo) in thinking, 'Oh gosh, it's a long shot,'" said Cutler's mother, Amy Sanders, who submitted her son's picture to the National Down Syndrome Society to help promote this weekend's walk.
An apartment building was evacuated Monday evening in Grand Forks because of a grease fire. Fire crews responded around 5:55 p.m. to 830 Fourth Ave. S. for a report of a fire. An unoccupied main floor unit was filled with smoke caused by burning grease, according to Fire Battalion Chief Rob Corbett. The unit sustained smoke damage but no fire damage, he said.
Updated, 9 p.m.: Grand Forks Police arrested a man in connection to a homicide in Des Moines, Iowa, north of the city Monday night. Officers arrested Randy Dean Miles, 41, of Des Moines, on a warrant and without incident at the 3000 block of North Washington Street, according to Police Sgt. Andy Stein.
Grand Forks Police investigators were assisting their counterparts in Fargo in a missing person case Wednesday, canvassing a northside neighborhood for information. Police Lt. Brett Johnson, head of investigations in Grand Forks, said his department was visiting homes around 1800 block of Second Avenue North for information related to the disappearance of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind of Fargo. "We received a request from them to help them on that case and to do a neighborhood canvass," Johnson said.
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