Herald Staff Report
HILLSBORO, N.D.—A Tolna, N.D., man faces multiple charges after officers say he led law enforcement on a high-speed chase in Grand Forks and Traill counties. Raymond Peltier Jr., 43, was arrested early Wednesday morning near Hillsboro on suspicion of fleeing officers, reckless driving, reckless endangerment and driving under revocation. The Grand Forks Sheriff's Office accuse Peltier of leading officers on a vehicle pursuit that started about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday about a mile south of Grand Forks.
The Grand Forks Downtown Development Association has hired its next leader. The downtown advocacy group hired Alexander "Blue" Weber to replace Executive Director Sarah Prout, who announced last month she would leave the organization at the end of March to become the marketing director for the UND Alumni Association Foundation.
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce leaders say a "once-in-a-generation opportunity" has come and which could allow the Legislature to adjust Minnesota's tax structure, which is among the highest in the nation in both the corporate and individual sectors.
GRAFTON, N.D.—Veterans in the Grafton area will have closer access to health care. The Department of Veterans Affairs marked on Friday the opening of a VA clinic at at 1319 11th St. W. in Grafton. The 3,000-square-foot facility will provide a range of services for veterans, including primary care, behavioral health, preventative, laboratory and prescription, a news release said.
Fewer dogs attacked mail carriers last year, the U.S. Postal Service said this week. USPS reported 10 North Dakota incidents in which a dog went after a postal worker in 2017, according to a news release. That was down by two attacks compared to 2016, the postal service said. Dickinson and Williston had two dog attacks each, while Fargo, Beulah, Grafton, Mandan, Valley City and Neche each reported one attack, according to USPS data.
The Village names Pederson CEO and President
Josh Morton, a former UND quarterback and associate athletic director, was announced Thursday as the new athletic director at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D. Augustana will introduce Morton at a press conference at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Morton was most recently assistant athletic director at Michigan State, where he primarily worked in fundraising. Before beginning his career in college athletics, Morton served as the sports director and sports anchor for WCIV-TV, the ABC affiliate in Charleston, S.C.
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.
DNR highlights asset repair needs The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources last week highlighted the need for infrastructure improvements as outlined by Gov. Mark Dayton in his 2018 public works bill. The governor's proposal requests legislative approval for $130 million in improvements for DNR buildings and other infrastructure. DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr said the list of repairs needed at DNR facilities across the state grows longer each year.
LAKOTA, N.D.—A registered sex offender has been ordered to spend more than four years behind bars for trying to sexually assault a juvenile boy in Nelson County. Leo Lars Borgen, 52, was sentenced Thursday in Nelson County District Court to 10 years in prison for a Class B felony count of attempted gross sexual imposition. Five years of that sentence will be suspended, and he was credited 281 days for time served.