Herald Staff Report
A Grand Forks pedestrian was sent to the hospital Thursday morning after he was hit by a pickup. Wilbur Gillespie, 54, was taken to Altru Hospital for unknown injuries after the crash, which occurred at 8:44 a.m. Thursday at 13th Avenue South and South Washington Street. Gillespie was crossing Washington as a 1994 Dodge Dakota driven by Francis Leiran, 79, Grand Forks, was turning off of Washington onto 13th, according to a news release. The pickup then hit Gillespie, who was cited for jaywalking, police said. The crash remains under investigation.
A report of a potential Instagram threat garnered the attention of UND Police and the FBI. Campus police received a report Wednesday from a concerned student regarding an Instagram username suggesting school violence in an unspecified community, according to a news release. FBI agents and police found no "overt threat to the university or local community within its post," the release said. The reported threat of school violence came a week after a school shooting Valentine's Day at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., took the lives of 17 people.
The public had the chance Wednesday to glimpse Minnkota Power Cooperative's new $65 million building, which occupies 252,000 square feet along the south side of 32nd Avenue South. For more on Wednesday's commemorative ceremony, pick up a copy of Saturday's Grand Forks Herald.
WARREN, Minn.—A Wahpeton, N.D., man has been accused of having sex with a sleeping, intoxicated woman in northwest Minnesota. Christopher James Kucera, 22, appeared Tuesday in Marshall County District Court on a fifth-degree gross misdemeanor charge of criminal sexual conduct. The charge carries a maximum sentence of a year in jail and a $3,000 fine. Court documents say Kucera "had sexual contact" on Nov. 27, 2016, in Grygla, Minn., with a woman who was intoxicated and sleeping. Grygla is a Marshall County town about 40 miles northeast of Thief River Falls.
Grand Forks Police are looking for a buglar who they say broke into a residencet in the 1800 block of Fifth Avenue North. A male subject kicked or pried open a door of the residence around 6 p.m., according to a news release. Officers said the suspect was gone when they arrived . "It doesn’t appear anything is missing at this time," the release said. "If anyone has any additional information, please call the Grand Forks Police Department at (701) 787-8000."
CROOKSTON—A snowmobiler was injured this weekend near Crookston, investigators said Monday. Brady Love, 18, Crookston, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries after an accident at 5:18 p.m. Saturday near the U.S. Highway 2 and U.S. Highway 75 bypass just northwest of Crookston, according to a news release from the Polk County Sheriff's Office. "The accident remains under investigation by (the Sheriff's Office), and no further information will be released at this time," the release said.
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.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.—The UND women's basketball team picked up its first league road win of the season to start this road trip, but the Fighting Hawks couldn't pick up the road sweep. Northern Arizona's Kenna McDavis scored 27 points to lead the Lumberjacks to a 79-59 win over UND on Saturday. McDavis had seven 3-pointers to lead NAU, which improved to 10-21. "We didn't play very good defense in the second half," UND coach Travis Brewster said. "You have to be able to play on both ends of the floor."
Lake of the Woods
A member of the Grand Forks School Board has entered the City Council race. Katie Dachtler announced Friday a campaign for the Ward 2 seat, which is held by Crystal Schneider. She will face Mark Rustad, a property owner and manager, in the June election. "I am running because Grand Forks is my home and I believe engagement is the cornerstone of a vibrant city and a strong, healthy community," Dachtler said in a news release.