Herald Staff Report
EGF Senior High 2, Thief River Falls 1 THIEF RIVER FALLS—The East Grand Forks Senior High girls hockey team defeated Thief River Falls in a road game Thursday evening. Madison McDonald and Ashley Ayotte each scored goals in the Green Wave victory, while the Prowlers' lone goal came from Shelby Breiland in the first period. Goalie Mckenzie Whalen notched 13 saves for EGF (4-4-5). The Green Wave host Warroad at 7 tonight. GF Central 7, Grafton-Park River 0
High winds, frigid temperatures and snow combined Thursday morning to produce a ground blizzard, making travel dangerous in the northern Red River Valley. The National Weather Service in Grand Forks issued a blizzard warning for much of the region until 1 p.m. Gusts up to 50 mph caused whiteout conditions in open areas and significant drifting. Wind chills plunged to 25 to 40 below zero. "Out in rural areas it's definitely ground-blizzard conditions," NWS meteorologist Jennifer Ritterling said. "We've heard quite a few reports of people being stranded."
Police have released the name of a man who died in an early Thursday morning rollover crash in north Grand Forks. Jacob Clemetson, 24, of Grand Forks died at the scene of the single-vehicle crash, which police responded to about 1:35 a.m. in the 2000 block of North Washington Street. The vehicle, a red 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, had come to rest on its roof on the east side of the road as a result of the rollover.
The North Dakota Department of Transportation has lifted its no-travel advisory for U.S. Highway 2 between Minot and Grand Forks. The advisory was issued Thursday morning during ground blizzard conditions causing blowing and drifting snow and zero visibility. A no-travel advisory remains in effect for other parts of northeast North Dakota in an area including the cities of Langdon, Cavalier, Pembina and Drayton.
A Grand Forks man who pleaded guilty to possessing pornography depicting 1- to 9-year-old children being sexually assaulted will spend roughly 16 months in jail. Roger Lee Whaley, 86, was sentenced Wednesday in Grand Forks District Court to five years in prison on 10 counts of possessing certain materials prohibited. Each charge carried a five-year sentence, meaning he faced up to 50 years in prison.
The Red Pepper and its grinders are no secret to Grand Forks residents, and with the help of the internet, the rest of the country is hearing about them, too. In an article published by the website The Daily Meal, the sandwich is hailed as North Dakota's Best Sandwich and described as nothing less than a "local legend." Red Pepper responded to the publicity Wednesday with a tweet thanking the blog for the recognition. Minnesota's Best Sandwich credits were given to Manny's Tortas in Minneapolis.
DEVILS LAKE—Two inmates of the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center did not return to the jail's Residential Reentry Center after being allowed to leave Tuesday. According to a news release from the jail, Brendon Scott Belgarde Jr., 22, left the center to go to his job at Marco's Pizza and did not return by 10:30 p.m. By midnight he was still absent and considered by the jail to have absconded.
Women In Government, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization representing female state legislators, announced Lois Delmore is among its new 2017 board of directors. Delmore serves North Dakota's 43rd District, which includes Grand Forks. She was elected to the board along with two others, Alaska Rep. Geran Tarr and Kansas Rep. Erin Davis. Delmore works on the House Appropriations Committee and the Judiciary Committee and now serves as the Midwest regional director for Women In Government.
The longtime director of North Dakota's geological core library at UND has died. Julie LeFever was in charge of the university's Laird Core and Sample Library for 27 years, the only director the facility had. She died in Grand Forks Dec. 5, according to an obituary Tuesday. She was 63. The library was an important resource for the oil industry, researchers and students. State officials dedicated a $13.6 million expansion of the center in September, including a new lab named for LeFever. "That's quite an honor," she said at that time.
Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a man charged with beating another man to death outside a Crookston bar on Christmas Day 2015.