Herald Staff Report
An environmental activist who shut off an emergency valve on the TransCanada Keystone oil pipeline was sentenced Tuesday to spend one year in prison. Michael Eric Foster, 53, of Seattle, initially was charged with eight different crimes for his participation in the 2016 action that targeted a section of pipeline that runs through northeast North Dakota. Foster was joined on trial by co-defendant Samuel L. Jessup, of Winooski, Vt., a fellow "valve-turner" who livestreamed Foster's actions at the pipeline for viewing on the Internet.
A Grand Forks jail inmate was taken to the hospital after he attempted suicide, according to an official with the jail. The Grand Forks County Correctional Center is investigating the attempted suicide after the man was discovered at the jail shortly before noon Tuesday, Administrator Bret Burkholder said. He declined to identify the inmate or give details about the incident but said the inmate was alive when he was taken from the jail to Altru Hospital.
GRAFTON, N.D.—A Grafton man has been accused of sexually assaulting a young teenage girl. Thomas Seth McLeod, 20, had an initial appearance hearing Monday in Walsh County District Court, where he faces a Class A felony charge of gross sexual imposition. The accuser, who is less than 15 years old, told medical staff and investigators McLeod sexually assaulted her "in the later hours of Dec. 27 to the early hours of Dec. 28" at a residence about 4 miles northeast of Grafton, according to charging documents. The incident caused her pain, the documents stated.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a series of listening sessions this month and into March across northwest Minnesota and other northern counties to gather feedback on a proposed touring route for highway-licensed, four-wheel drive vehicles. The Border To Border Touring Route will connect the eastern and western borders of Minnesota across the northern third of the state using minimum maintenance and rugged roadways to create a signed, mapped system of routes that already are open for driving.
Four people were arrested early Thursday morning in Grand Forks after police said they found drugs in the vehicle they were in. Kevin Roger Anderson, 24, of Fosston, Minn., along with Amelia Flores Trevino, 31, Rebecca Lynn Gatica, 52, and Zachary Glenn Lynch, 39, all of Grand Forks, had initial appearance hearings Friday in Grand Forks District Court to face multiple drug charges stemming from a Thursday morning traffic stop. Each person faces four charges of possession with intent to deliver or manufacture.
BOZEMAN, Mont.—The UND women's basketball team remains winless at Montana State. The Fighting Hawks dropped to 0-7 all-time when visiting the Bobcats during a 72-56 loss on Thursday night. UND was plagued by a 2-for-18 showing from the 3-point line. Bailey Strand's 2-for-3 performance from beyond the arc was the only treys to hit the mark. Montana State was led by five players in double figures. Rebekah Hatchard led the way with 18 points.
The Badlands Conservation Alliance and the North Dakota Wildlife Federation have released a 15-minute film, "Keeping All the Pieces," about the impact of oil and gas development on natural resources in the Badlands of western North Dakota. The two groups developed the film to "engage the public in conversation about what we want for the future of North Dakota," said Jan Swenson, executive director of the Badlands Conservation Alliance.
A Hunter, N.D., man was taken to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks after two semis sideswiped Wednesday near Manvel, N.D. Michael Nelson, 62, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries after his 2017 Volvo and a 2007 Kenworth sideswiped as they met at 6:10 p.m. on U.S. Highway 81 about 4 ½ miles north of Manvel, according to a news release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
WARWICK, N.D.—A Benson County school is investigating an incident involving a student, school leadership said Wednesday. Warwick Public School Superintendent Dean Dauphinais said the school is looking into the incident, but declined to give details, including where or when it happened.
Boys hockey Tuesday's results Detroit Lakes 11, Red Lake Falls 0 WF Sheyenne 4, West Fargo 2 Roseau 3, Warroad 1 GF Red River 5, Fargo Davies 0 First period—1. RR, Mason Thingvold (Mason Salquist, Dane Montgomery) 3:09 Second period—2. RR, Max Johnson (Salquist) 9:03; 3. RR, Thingvold (Coby Tweten, Salquist) 15:24 Third period—4. RR, Landon Haagenson (Jackson Kunz, Max Johnson) 8:42; 5. RR, Kunz (Salquist) 11:28 Goalie saves—RR: Nate Bradbury 10-6-8—24; FD: Jared Winter 10-10-3—23