Herald Staff Report
A debate to discuss a citywide vote on the future of a downtown green space probably won't happen after one side declined to answer an invitation. The Herald-sponsored event was to be held June 1 at the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks. The subject of the debate was to be the downtown green space called Arbor Park; on June 20, city voters will decide whether Arbor Park should be left as a pocket park or developed for business use.
Lake of the Woods By most accounts, last weekend's fishing opener was excellent. According to Lake of the Woods Tourism, some boats landed more than 100 fish in a day ranging from small to trophy size. Weeding through smaller fish to find keeper-sized walleyes and saugers was the norm. Best action across most of the south shore was in about 20 feet of water using a jig-and-minnow combo, Lake of the Woods Tourism said. Some anglers also did well pulling spinners in 6 to 12 feet of water. Sturgeon fishing closed Monday and reopens July 1.
PLUMMER, Minn.—The Red Lake County Sheriff's Office is investigating two burglaries of local social clubs and restaurants resulting in about $10,000 in stolen property and damages. The burglaries occurred at the American Legion Club and the D&K Corner Bar in Plummer early Wednesday morning, according to a press release from Red Lake County Sheriff Mitch Bernstein. Suspects stole cash and cigarettes from the establishments, the release said. No description of the suspects was immediately released.
CROOKSTON-- A Mentor, Minn., man is facing felony charges after being arrested on suspicion of assault by strangulation Monday night. Ethan Michael Hegge, 22, is accused of choking a woman during an argument Monday at an apartment in the 200 block of West Fletcher Street in Crookston, according to a criminal complaint. Officers responded to reports of a domestic disturbance about 8:30 p.m. Monday, where a woman told them she had been struck and choked. Police observed scratch marks on the left side of the woman's neck, according to the complaint.
A floating dock has been installed for the season in downtown Grand Forks at River Road, north of DeMers Ave. The dock can be used for non-motorized watercraft, fishing and other recreation. Crews will be cleaning the dock later this week. A floating dock also will be installed in East Grand Forks this week, weather permitting.
Grand Forks Police have arrested four suspects in connection to an early morning burglary at an e-cigarette and vapor supply shop Tuesday. Officers responded at 3:04 a.m. to a report of a burglary at Infinite Vapor, 2655 24th Ave. S. There, a resident reported hearing glass breaking before seeing four subjects running from the business, according to a news release. Officers arrived after the suspects fled and found that merchandise had been stolen from the store. Police dogs assisted in the investigation.
The State Board of Higher Education will have a new student member this summer. Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed North Dakota State University student Jacob Dailey to serve a one-year term as a voting member of the board, according to a Monday news release. Dailey, an agricultural education student, will fill the seat held by outgoing student member Nick Evans, whose term ends June 30. Dailey is originally from Kansas and has served in legislative and executive positions in the NDSU Student Government, recently holding the office of president of that organization.
A Grand Forks man faces a terrorizing charge after police say he brandished a knife to two others Thursday near the Greenway downtown. According to Grand Forks Police, officers were called to Riverboat Road around 4:15 p.m. for a report of a disturbance involving multiple people. Officers learned that a man had threatened two people with a knife. Officers located the suspect, Charles Murphy Gibbons, 38, and took him into custody. Gibbons was booked in the Grand Forks County jail on potential terrorizing charges, police said.
Lake of the Woods
Northland's Miller named All-American THIEF RIVER FALLS—Northland Community & Technical College sophomore ShaRon Miller was named a first team NJCAA DIII Women's Basketball All-American for the second year in a row. Miller, a 6-foot sophomore center from Blaine, Minn., finished her career ranked second in NCTC all-time scoring with 1,048 points. She's also third all-time in rebounds with 564.