Herald Staff Report
PISEK, N.D.—A Grafton, N.D., man who died in a crash near Pisek has been identified. In a news release, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said Wyatt Feltman, 25, died at the scene of the crash about 7 miles east of Pisek, about 50 miles northwest of Grand Forks. Feltman lost control of his 2014 GMC Sierra while driving Thursday morning on 62nd Street Northeast, the release said. The pickup struck a shelter belt. Feltman was discovered at 6:58 a.m. Thursday by an uninvolved motorist. It's unknown if he was wearing a seat belt.
The UND College of Business and Public Administration soon will have an interim dean to fill the place of Margaret Williams, its outgoing leader. A university news release announced Thursday that Steve Light, associate vice president for academic affairs, has been selected by UND Provost Tom DiLorenzo to head up the college on an interim basis beginning April 19.
People sailed indoors Thursday afternoon for a warm cup of coffee and pastries at the Urban Stampede in downtown Grand Forks. With brisk winds and temperatures hovering near 10 degrees Thursday, it was a good day for coffee drinkers to enjoy the great indoors and a fresh-brewed cup. The National Weather Service said the highs this weekend are expected to stay in the upper teens.
Lake of the Woods
MINNEAPOLIS—East Grand Forks Senior High outshot Luverne 50-20 en route to a 5-2 win on Thursday afternoon in the consolation semifinals of the Minnesota state Class A boys hockey tournament at Mariucci Arena. Hunter Olson, Carter Beck, Nick Lund, Nick Derrick and Dylan Egeland all scored goals for the Green Wave. Luverne goalie Kaden Ericson stopped 45 shots, while Senior High's Tucker Brown made 18 saves. Ben Serie and Kasyn Kruse scored goals for Luverne, which took No. 1 seed Hermantown to overtime in the quarterfinals Wednesday.
North Dakota ranks among the worst states in the union for drunk driving, according to data compiled by one research website. Backgroundchecks.org ranked North Dakota the second worst state for driving under the influence in a report released Thursday. The group cited 50 DUI-related fatalities in the state in 2016, and 6,351 DUI arrests. Drunk driving related deaths made up 38 percent of all traffic deaths in the state in 2016.
HOLT, Minn.—A 45-year-old motorist was injured Wednesday night by a deer he hit in Marshall County after the animal went through his windshield.
A Grand Forks-based unit of the North Dakota Army National Guard is deploying to Washington, D.C. The 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment is mobilizing for a yearlong mission in support of Operation Noble Eagle, an integrated air defense system to protect the airspace around the national capital through a collaborative effort with other Department of Defense agencies. The 200-plus members of the local unit are scheduled to replace those from the 3rd Battalion, 265th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, a Florida Army National Guard unit.
LAKE BRONSON, Minn.—Officers say alcohol may have been a factor in a Tuesday night rollover in Kittson County that left a Vesta, Minn., man in critical condition.
The intersection of Belmont Road and Fourth Avenue South has a new set of lights—though they're not exactly the typical tricolor traffic signal. The city of Grand Forks has installed new stop signs with red LED lighting at the intersection. According to a release from the city, those signs look typical "until a pedestrian pushes one of the pedestrian buttons, which activates the red LED lights on all four stop signs. The LED lights give drivers a positive and heightened message that a pedestrian is actively crossing in the street."