Herald Staff Report
A high-risk sex offender who committed several sex crimes in Grand Forks County is living in a Devils Lake apartment. Court Christian Petersen, 31, recently moved to 609 Seventh St. N.E., Apt. 2. Petersen was convicted Nov. 12, 2008, in Grand Forks County District Court of sexual assault, a Class C felony, for having sexual contact with a 15-year-old. He also was convicted Nov. 29, 2007, in Grand Forks County District Court of corruption of a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, both Class A misdemeanors, after he had sex with a juvenile female.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday identified the woman who died in a two-vehicle crash about 19 miles north of Grand Forks on Sunday. The victim is Doris Mary Vasek, 84, of Warren, Minn. Authorities say she was northbound on 420th Avenue Northwest in a Chevrolet Traverse when she was broadsided at the intersection of County Road 23 by a Ford Taurus driven by John William Johnson, 72. Johnson also was injured in the crash. He was taken to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.
The Community Violence Intervention Center's annual Break the Silence Rally will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Herald community room at 375 Second Ave. Last year 910 local children were living with domestic violence, while another 902 adults sought help for domestic violence, according to the CVIC. The event is a call to end domestic violence in the Grand Forks area and elsewhere.
EUCLID, Minn.—A car crash last week in Polk County left three people with injuries. A 2016 Toyota Camry driven by Robert Wall, 87, of Grand Forks, was eastbound at 10:52 a.m. Thursday on Polk County Road 21 about 4 miles north of Euclid when he failed to yield at a stop sign, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. A 2010 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Roger Kosterzewski, 61, of Warren, Minn., was northbound on U.S. Highway 75 when his vehicle collided with Wall's, state troopers said.
GRAFTON, N.D.—A Grafton woman will spend about 2½ years in prison after investigators accused her of locking young children in dog kennels to punish them.
As the 2016 general election approaches, the city of East Grand Forks is reminding residents to register to vote and that absentee ballots are available. Residents can register on the Minnesota Secretary of State website or by filling out a registration form in the city's administration office, according to a news release. Voters also can register on Election Day by bringing a proof of residence, which may include a photo ID with current name and address, a college ID accompanied by a housing registry or another registered voter who can confirm the address.
An unidentified male driver was killed in a single-vehicle collision Monday morning on Interstate 29, according to a release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The driver, a middle-aged man from Jamestown, N.D., was traveling north through Walsh County in a Ford pickup truck when his vehicle entered the median of the road and collided with a concrete support for an overpass structure. The crash occurred at 8:30 a.m. about 23 miles north of Grand Forks. Though he was restrained by both a seatbelt and airbag, the driver died at the scene.
The Knight Cities Challenge will return for its third year today. Grand Forks' most innovative and entrepreneurial minds can join in the quest for a stake of $5 million for community improvements. Last year saw more than 4,500 applications from 26 different communities, but only 37 endeavours received funding. However, that didn't stop Grand Forks from having success. Pete Haga won $106,800 for his New Flavors Food Truck concept, which proposed to purchase a food truck that new Americans would be allowed to rent out and use to start off their businesses.
A man wanted in connection to a Wisconsin bank robbery was arrested by Grand Forks Police Saturday night. The Grand Forks Police Department received a request for assistance Saturday from the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department, which believed the suspect was possibly in Grand Forks. Police found Justin Chaze Hayes, 19, about 10:15 p.m. at the Rodeway Inn on 30th Avenue South, according to a news release, and he was arrested without incident.
CROOKSTON—A national wave of frightening clown sightings apparently has reached the Red River Valley. A 15-year-old wearing a clown costume and mask was arrested Saturday night in Crookston after police found a "large kitchen/butcher style" knife on him. That came after Crookston Police responded to the Taco John's at 8:30 p.m. for a report of an 11-year-old who had been chased by three or four people, one of whom was dressed as a clown, according to a news release.