Herald Staff Report
Grand Forks authorities are warning residents of a circulating phone scam. The Grand Forks Police Department has received several reports of a caller with a Wisconsin phone number, claiming to be the grandchild of the person they are calling, according to a news release. The caller will claim he or she is in trouble and needs money immediately. The Police Department is advising residents to be cautious of these scams and to never give out personal or financial information to someone they don't know.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded a $200,000 grant to the state of Minnesota for Zika detection and preparedness, according to a news release. The federal grant will help establish, enhance, and maintain systems to detect and track microcephaly and other adverse birth outcomes caused by the Zika virus.
Randy Slavens has been promoted to director of the Northeast Human Service Center in Grand Forks and the Lake Region Human Service Center in Devils Lake. Slavens has been the assistant director of the human service center in Grand Forks since 2007, and he originally joined the department in 1997 as an assistant regional supervisor for child welfare services, according to a news release from the North Dakota Department of Human Services. That state agency operates eight regional human service centers across the state.
COUNCIL GROVE, Kan. — The Grand Forks Outlaws 11-and-under Cal Ripken baseball team won the Midwest Plains Region tournament Monday night with an 11-9 comeback win over Mineral Area, Mo...
• RiverFest in Thief River Falls begins at 6 p.m. today in Hartz Park in Thief River Falls. On Saturday, bands begin playing at 4 p.m. Info: RiverFest 2016 on Facebook. • Izzy Marcil performs at 9 p.m. today in the Ember in downtown Grand Forks. She is a singer and songwriter from the Fargo and Minneapolis areas and majored in songwriting at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Info: The Ember/Izzy Marcil.
New in GF/EGF "Nine Lives": A stuffy businessman finds himself trapped inside the body of his family's cat. (PG) (1:27) "Suicide Squad": A secret government agency recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black-ops missions in exchange for clemency. (PG-13) (2:03) Returning "Nerve": A high school senior finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of "watchers." (PG-13) (2:36)
Grand Forks and East Grand Forks will conduct citywide mosquito spraying from starting at 9 p.m. Thursday. Emerado, N.D., will conduct aerial spraying from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday. Spraying in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks could take up to four hours. The equipment is expected to be noisy and will travel at 10-15 mph while spraying. Wind speeds higher than 10 mph or inclement weather may delay the spraying.
One person was arrested after calling a bomb threat into Altru Health System Wednesday afternoon. Bejan David Etemad, 46, of Grand Forks was arrested on charges of terrorizing after saying he had planted a bomb at the facility. At 3:03 p.m., Altru received a phone call of a bomb threat, according to a Grand Forks Police Department news release. Altru staff worked with Grand Forks Police to locate the caller, and the person was arrested less than 20 minutes later.
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Aerial mosquito control sprays are scheduled for 7 to 11 p.m. Wednesday in the Minnesota cities of McIntosh and Newfolden. Licensed pilots will assist in the application of mosquito control product designed for residential areas. It is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration and will not harm people, pets or gardens.