Christopher Bjorke is the news and business editor for the Grand Forks Herald. He first worked for the Herald in 1997 and most recently since 2011. His jobs at the Herald include covering local government, state politics, business and economics, and the health care industry.
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Devils Lake state Rep. Curt Hofstad has died, according to the North Dakota Governor's Office. Hofstad, a Republican, had served in the House since 2007. His biography on the Legislature's website said he was a farmer and had been involved in the Devils Lake area as a member of the Starkweather School Board, the Devils Lake Airport Authority and the State Water Commission. Hofstad was vice chairman of the House Human Services Committee and was a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
LAKOTA, N.D.—The owners of a campground and their customers are rebuilding after Thursday's violent storm left dozens of campers and trailers strewn around their property south of Lakota. "Several campers were lost, totaled," said Bobbi Schroeder, who owns Northern Lakeview Campground with her husband, James. "Many were toppled and twisted and thrown."
Grand Forks Police are searching for a suspect in a north side convenience store robbery this afternoon. Sgt. Kevin Kallinen said a man held up the M&H gas station and store 423 N. Fifth St. at 3:46 p.m. The suspect did not display a weapon, and Kallinen said he did not have information on what the man took. Police officers have been searching the Near North Neighborhood near downtown for the suspect, whom Kallinen described as a white male. This is a developing story and will be updated later.
Several Grand Forks area law enforcement agencies will be represented at officer Jason Moszer's funeral Monday in Fargo. "We've moved around some manpower to accommodate anyone who wants to go," said Lt. Gary Grove with the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department. Fifteen of about 35 members of that agency will be making the trip.
Last month's Christmas decor can be this week's berm refuse in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. Municipal street crews are collecting discarded Christmas trees left on berms. Grand Forks...
A Grand Forks man faces a felony conspiracy charge connected to a drug distribution ring that led to a number of fentanyl overdoses in the area.
Wanted: Hat thieves, possibly with very large heads. The Grand Forks Downtown Development Association Saturday reported the theft of its large red Santa Claus hat that had been worn by a giant blue concrete head at Town Square until recently. "This hat was handmade, by a very generous donor and although we understand the appeal of having a very large Santa hat ...
Just Borre Glomsas came to North Dakota from Norway this week hoping to help his mother reconnect with some long-lost American relatives. He found so many that it is hard for him to explain how they are related. "You'd almost have to see the family tree to explain it. It's very complex." he said.
Workers laid the base for what will be Grand Forks' new Veterans Memorial Park, pouring cement Tuesday at the park's site near 24th Avenue South and South 34th Street. The work was some of the first visible progress toward the memorial, but the next step will be hard to miss. A 28,000-pound anchor with an 18-foot shank from the U.S.S. Kiska will be placed on the base by the end of the year, said John Hanson, president of the Veteran Memorial Park. "It is big.
The owners of Happy Harry's Bottle Shops are taking steps to transfer ownership of the regional liquor store chain to its employees. According to information filed with the City Council's Service and Safety Committee, Hal and Kathy Gershman are applying to transfer liquor licenses for the two Grand Forks Happy Harry's stores to a new company that will then transfer ownership of Happy Harry's to employees through an employee stock ownership plan, or ESOP. According to a letter from their lawyer, City Council member Doug Christensen, the Gershmans' ownership of the two Happy Harry's stores in