Herald Staff Report
Grand Forks is the second best small city for graduates, according to a higher education website. The home of UND was second only to Odessa, Texas, in the list created by OnlineDegrees.com, which used data from the U.S. Census Bureau to rank 413 cities that had a population of less than 150,000. Grand Forks also ranked second last year in the top 15 list. The website chose the city because "it has the highest percentage of residents in the about-to-graduate or just-out-of-college age range," according to a news release.
Police are searching for two men after a reported robbery at a pizza chain restaurant in Grand Forks. Officers responded at 10:08 p.m. Monday to Little Caesars Pizza at 1801 Gateway Drive, where employees said two white men wearing ski masks drew a handgun and took a unknown amount of money, according to a news release. The men fled on foot before police arrived, the release said. No one was injured.
Nearly a year after a structural failure, the demolition of the Altru Main Clinic is progressing on schedule. Altru's Main Clinic closed after the health system discovered structural damage on Dec. 29, 2016, caused by a beam failure that put a deep crack in a wall. Demolition of the 41-year-old building began Sept. 18 with interior work, according to Altru staff. It is on schedule to be completed by the end of January. Clinic functions have been dispersed throughout Altru's Grand Forks area buildings since the closing.
SACRAMENTO—The UND volleyball team is going back to the NCAA tournament. The Fighting Hawks edged host Sacramento State 25-19, 24-26, 18-25, 25-15, 15-10 in the Big Sky Conference championship, which ended late Saturday night. UND won the league tournament for the second consecutive season in the school's final year in the Big Sky before transitioning to the Summit League next year. The Fighting Hawks were led by 19 kills from Faith Dooley. Ashley Brueggeman had 17 kills, while Jordan Vail had 14.
President Donald Trump has chosen a Traill County farmer to lead the Farm Service Agency in North Dakota. Trump recently appointed Brad Thykeson of Portland, N.D., to be the state executive director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture agency, according to a news release Friday. Thykeson owns a family farming operation in Barnes and Steele counties, according to the release. The FSA offers various programs to assist farmers, ranchers and agricultural partners and is widely known for commodity and disaster aid.
ST. HILAIRE, Minn.—A single-vehicle crash in northwest Minnesota has left a Mentor, Minn., woman injured. Michelle Ruby Qually, 50, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries after her 2004 Dodge Ram crashed at 6:25 a.m. Wednesday north of St. Hilaire. She was driving the pickup north on Minnesota Highway 32 when she lost control on a slippery surface, according to a Minnesota State Patrol report. She went off the road and rolled the pickup onto its roof, the report said. Qually was wearing her seat belt and no alcohol was involved.
A Grand Forks man has been ordered to serve more than two years in jail for calling in a bomb threat to Altru Hospital last summer. A jury found Bejan David Etemad, 47, guilty on a Class C felony charge of terrorizing after closing arguments were made Thursday. He was given a five-year sentence, but two years were suspended and he will received credit for about 10 months of time served. He also was ordered to pay $525 in fees. Restitution will be determined at a later date.
SACRAMENTO—The UND volleyball team's hopes of defending a Big Sky Conference tournament crown took a first step on Thursday afternoon. No. 2 UND outlasted upset-minded No. 7 Weber State 3-1 (25-17, 23-25, 25-19, 29-27) in the Big Sky tournament quarterfinals. The Fighting Hawks (28-7) were led offensively by sophomore Ashley Brueggeman and junior Jordan Vail. Both had 13 kills.
Several National Guard members based in Devils Lake have returned to North Dakota after a 10-month deployment in Afghanistan, and others either have their tickets or are waiting for plane assignments.
The opening weekend of Minnesota's firearms deer season Nov. 4 and 5 lagged behind last year in some parts of the state, but hunter success through the second weekend improved to surpass 2016, the Department of Natural Resources reported Tuesday. Minnesota firearms hunters registered 145,054 deer through Sunday, Nov. 12, the DNR said. Preliminary results through the second weekend show the number of deer registered was up 10 percent from 2016, the DNR said. Of the deer harvested, 54 percent were bucks, compared with 63 percent during the same period in 2016.