Herald Staff Report
More than $300,000 in federal funding has been awarded to North Dakota parks, according to a press release from the office of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. The Hillsboro Park District received $21,500 to make upgrades to the Olsen Softball Complex and the Devils Lake Park Board received $7,500 to put in a swimming beach at Lakewood Park Beach. The funds are made available through the National Park Service's Land and Water Conservation Fund grant program.
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council has openings on its board. The Council has openings for three representatives from Marshall, Norman and Red Lake counties. They also need two at-large members who can be from any of the seven counties: Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau. Board members will serve for a three-year term to start Sept. 1 and take part in the review and approval of art grants and policies. For more information and to receive a nomination form, contact Mara Hanel at (218) 745-9111 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Lutheran Church will host picnic The Skjeberg Lutheran Church will host its 10th annual picnic from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at Schumacher Park in Drayton, N.D. The menu will include barbecue ribs, hot dogs, fresh corn on the cob, potatoes, baked beans, vegetables and homemade pies. The Popple Ridge Pickers will provide entertainment. A freewill offering will be collected. Take out orders are available by calling (701) 360-2796.
DEVILS LAKE — A Devils Lake woman received an 18-month deferred sentence Friday for her role in a psychedelic drug-growing bust. Ashley Nicholson, 22, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of possessing a controlled substance and a misdemeanor for possessing drug paraphernalia. During a May 4 probation search at an apartment shared by Nicholson and Devin Eugene Johnson, 25, officers discovered Johnson growing illegal mushrooms. In addition, officers also found two bags of "spice," or synthetic marijuana, and a pipe with residue, according to a complaint.
A Grand Forks man facing two serious drug-related felonies after a traffic stop is scheduled to plead guilty. Jason Lawrence Burgess, 29, was charged in early May in Grand Forks District Court with two Class A felonies of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and Class A misdemeanors for possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license. Early on May 4, Grand Forks police stopped Burgess for a non-functioning brake light while he was driving west in the 2400 block of DeMers Avenue.
Police were at the scene of a crash at the intersection of North Fourth Street and First Avenue downtown following a high-speed chase through north Grand Forks Thursday evening.
The United Way of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks & Area and the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals will host Speed Volunteering events. Speed volunteering is a way for busy individuals to take 20-30 minutes to volunteer and give back to the community. The first event will take place at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Rhombus Guys Brewing Company. Register online at https://goo.gl/YuLf2b .
Two people have been charged with public fornication after being arrested in a park in downtown Grand Forks early Tuesday morning. About 4:15 a.m,. a Grand Forks Police officer noticed Garrett Kelly Nordstrom, 42, and Scotty Patrick Blotti, 31, both of Grand Forks, engaging in a sexual act in Arbor Park on the first block of South Fourth Street, a court affidavit stated. Both were charged with misdemeanor public fornication.
DEVILS LAKE—A Ramsey County auditor of 21 years is retiring. Elizabeth Fischer recently announced in a letter to the Ramsey County Commission she plans to leave the elected office next month. The commission voted Tuesday to appoint Deputy Auditor Kandy Christopherson to fill the position in the interim until the 2018 general election. Fischer's last day is Sept. 30. "It was the right time for me to retire," she said Thursday, adding she wants to "enjoy life."
The East Grand Forks swimming pool will close for the season this week, a news release announced Thursday. The pool will close at 7 p.m. Sunday after more than two months of operations following a yearlong closure to complete $2 million in renovations. The facility has seen more than double the attendance this summer as it did in 2014, the last time it was open before repairs began. — Herald staff report