Herald Staff Report
THIEF RIVER FALLS—A Thief River Falls man will avoid jail time after pleading guilty to electronic solicitation of a minor to engage in sexual conduct. Frailan Narvaiz, 40, was sentenced Monday in Pennington County District Court to 20 months behind bars for the felony charge, but that sentence will be stayed for three years if he follows conditions of his supervised probation, including registering as a predatory offender.
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.
Political rhetoric surrounding guns, gun regulations and gun ownership are dominating the news and our conversations. The Herald wants to speak with current members of the National Rifle Association in the Grand Forks area about the issue of school shootings and the political posturing around the nation's hottest hot button issue. If you or someone you know is willing to be interviewed for this story, please email email@example.com . Use the subject line "NRA."
More than 49,000 deer hunters went afield during last fall's North Dakota deer gun season, shooting an estimated 30,100 deer for an overall hunter success rate of 61 percent, the Game and Fish Department said Monday. Game and Fish offered 54,500 deer gun licenses for the 2017 season, and 49,407 hunters went afield, according to results from a post-season survey Game and Fish conducts every year. Hunters spent an average of 4.4 days in the field. Other survey highlights:
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum played in the Grand Am amateur basketball tournament Saturday at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Burgum played for the Kilbourne Group of Fargo. The annual Grand Am started Friday and continues through Sunday at the Betty, Grand Forks Central, Grand Forks Red River, Choice Health and Fitness and South Middle School. Championship games in the eight divisions wrap up Sunday.
Even North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is getting into March Madness. Burgum played in the Grand Am amateur basketball tournament Saturday at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Burgum played for the Kilbourne Group of Fargo. The annual Grand Am started Friday and continues through Sunday at the Betty, Grand Forks Central, Grand Forks Red River, Choice Health and Fitness and South Middle School.
Grand Forks police are investigating an early Friday morning robbery in the downtown area. Officers responded at 5:37 a.m. to 321 N. Fourth St., where the reporting party said he was assaulted by up to three assailants, according to a news release. The accuser, who was treated and released from Altru Hospital after being treated for injuries from the assault, said he was awoken to being assaulted and that his wallet was forcibly taken.
Lake of the Woods
An early spring storm could bring up to a foot of snow to much of North Dakota on Friday, including the Devils Lake Basin. The National Weather Service on Thursday issued a winter storm warning for central and northwestern North Dakota. Heavy snow is expected to start falling in that part of the state Friday morning as it moves toward Devils Lake, the weather service said.
ROSEAU, Minn.—A Warroad, Minn., man faces numerous charges after federal investigators said he was using a mobile app to distribute child porn. Christopher Robert Peterson, 28, appeared Wednesday in Roseau County District Court to face 13 felony counts of possessing pornographic work involving minors. Each count carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison.