Herald Staff Report
Grand Forks city leaders issued a resolution to mark the 20th anniversary of the Flood of 1997 on Wednesday, joining the Legislature and Gov. Doug Burgum in remembering the devastating effects of the floodwaters that topped dikes that spring. The resolution, signed by Mayor Mike Brown and City Council President Dana Sande, states that the flood "changed our community not just physically, but psychologically and emotionally" and thanks local and federal leaders who helped the community recover.
BISMARCK—A federal judge has sentenced a Rugby, N.D., man to more than five years in prison for a 2016 bank robbery in Bismarck. Rondal Franklin Heitsch, 52, pleaded guilty to bank robbery in federal court on Jan. 20, 2017. He was sentenced to five years and three months in federal prison Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland.
A standing-room-only crowd heard more than a dozen speakers heap high praise on UND Center for Innovation CEO Bruce Gjovig during an open-house retirement party Tuesday. Emceed by U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., the event marked the end of a 33-year career for Gjovig, who was lauded for his innovation, his promotion of entrepreneurial activities, his encouragement of UND students and for a massive contact list he uses to link like-minded people at UND, in Grand Forks and beyond.
A high-risk sex offender recently released from jail is now living in Grand Forks, police say. Anthony Allen Rolland, 33, was recently released from the James River Correctional Center in Jamestown, N.D., where he was booked for several traffic violations, and has registered with the Grand Forks Police Department.
This compilation video was created from videos in the personal library of former Grand Forks Herald Publisher Mike Maidenberg and were placed on YouTube by his brother Reed Maidenberg. Mike Maidenberg was Publisher of the Grand Forks Herald during the Flood of 1997.
Grand Forks' homeless shelter will have a new director next month. The Northlands Rescue Mission has named Sue Shirek its next executive director. She will take over next month, according to a press release from outgoing director Nancy Andrews. Andrews, who served as interim director for the mission since last June, previously told the Herald she would be helping a new director take over the job this month.
BOSTON—Three Grand Forks runners and two from the area finished the Boston Marathon on Monday. The quickest time came from Grand Forks' Nick Flom, who finished in 3 hours, 43 minutes, 47 seconds. Robyn Bancroft of Grand Forks finished in 4:14:03, while Tana Setness Hoefs, also of Grand Forks, finished in 4:19:05. Kermit Thompson of Devils Lake finished the race in 4:32:32. Melanie Hevel-Olson of Fosston, Minn., finished in 4:39:53.
The following represents April 7-13 votes of Grand Forks lawmakers at the North Dakota Legislature, underway in Bismarck. Not all bills are represented, and especially those that pass or fail with near-unanimous votes.
Gov. Doug Burgum declared a state of emergency Friday for nine counties in northeast North Dakota seeing spring flooding. The counties include Bottineau, Cavalier, McHenry, Pembina, Pierce, Renville, Rolette and Towner. Burgum declared a state of emergency for Walsh County March 24. According to a news release, snowmelt flooding has caused damage to culverts and bridges and washed out gravel roads in several counties. Bottineau, Cavalier and McHenry Counties each are estimating flooding could cause more than $200,000 in damage to roads and bridges.
PEKIN, N.D.-- An Enderlin, N.D., man who died in a rollover crash Thursday morning in southern Nelson County has been identified. Kevin Lemma was killed when a 2012 Dodge Ram traveling south on N.D. Highway 1 failed to navigate a turn and rolled about 8 miles south of Pekin. He was 23. Another man, 27-year-old Jordan Borland of Michigan, N.D., was transported to Nelson County Health Center Hospital by ambulance, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Investigators say neither man was wearing a seatbelt when the pickup overturned about 6 a.m. Thursday.