Herald Staff Report
The head of the North Dakota Democratic Party and former state lawmaker from Grand Forks will run for tax commissioner. Kylie Oversen, 28, announced her bid for the state office Wednesday. The Grand Forks attorney will hold an event at 3 p.m. at the UND Memorial Union to launch her campaign.
WARREN, Minn.—A Wahpeton, N.D., man has been accused of having sex with a sleeping, intoxicated woman in northwest Minnesota. Christopher James Kucera, 22, appeared Tuesday in Marshall County District Court on a fifth-degree gross misdemeanor charge of criminal sexual conduct. The charge carries a maximum sentence of a year in jail and a $3,000 fine. Court documents say Kucera "had sexual contact" on Nov. 27, 2016, in Grygla, Minn., with a woman who was intoxicated and sleeping. Grygla is a Marshall County town about 40 miles northeast of Thief River Falls.
Grand Forks Police are looking for a buglar who they say broke into a residencet in the 1800 block of Fifth Avenue North. A male subject kicked or pried open a door of the residence around 6 p.m., according to a news release. Officers said the suspect was gone when they arrived . "It doesn’t appear anything is missing at this time," the release said. "If anyone has any additional information, please call the Grand Forks Police Department at (701) 787-8000."
CROOKSTON—A snowmobiler was injured this weekend near Crookston, investigators said Monday. Brady Love, 18, Crookston, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries after an accident at 5:18 p.m. Saturday near the U.S. Highway 2 and U.S. Highway 75 bypass just northwest of Crookston, according to a news release from the Polk County Sheriff's Office. "The accident remains under investigation by (the Sheriff's Office), and no further information will be released at this time," the release said.
Each week, the Grand Forks Police Department releases its Most Wanted list in an attempt to bring in suspects. The law enforcement agency started posting its top five most wanted on its Facebook page in early December as a way to enlist the public's help, and some tips have helped officers make several arrests.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.—The UND women's basketball team picked up its first league road win of the season to start this road trip, but the Fighting Hawks couldn't pick up the road sweep. Northern Arizona's Kenna McDavis scored 27 points to lead the Lumberjacks to a 79-59 win over UND on Saturday. McDavis had seven 3-pointers to lead NAU, which improved to 10-21. "We didn't play very good defense in the second half," UND coach Travis Brewster said. "You have to be able to play on both ends of the floor."
Lake of the Woods
A member of the Grand Forks School Board has entered the City Council race. Katie Dachtler announced Friday a campaign for the Ward 2 seat, which is held by Crystal Schneider. She will face Mark Rustad, a property owner and manager, in the June election. "I am running because Grand Forks is my home and I believe engagement is the cornerstone of a vibrant city and a strong, healthy community," Dachtler said in a news release.
CEDAR CITY, Utah—The wait for a North Dakota road win in the Big Sky Conference is over. UND captured its first Big Sky road win Thursday night, downing Southern Utah 68-53. UND improved to 5-9 in the Big Sky and 12-13 overall while Southern Utah dropped to 2-11 and 3-21. The Fighting Hawks were led by Lexi Klabo, who had 21 points and eight rebounds. UND played without junior Fallyn Freije, who was injured in last weekend's Big Sky play.
LARIMORE, N.D.—No one was injured Tuesday morning in a fire that destroyed a mobile home in Larimore. Firefighters from Larimore and Northwood responded to the blaze after dispatchers received the call at 3 a.m. Tuesday, Larimore Fire Chief Bill McDermottt said. By the time emergency responders arrived at the scene in northwest Larimore, the mobile home and a utility shed were engulfed in flames, he said. "It's a total loss," McDermott said.