Herald Staff Report
MAX, N.D.—One person is dead after being struck by a vehicle in central North Dakota early Saturday morning, according to a release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Marshall Hofstad, 22, of Coogne, Minn., and his passenger Wyatt Wilson, 21, of Underwood, were traveling south from Minot to Underwood in the right lane of U.S. Highway 83, just south of Max, N.D. around 1:20 a.m. Saturday.
Lake of the Woods It's been an incredible week for trophy walleyes, Lake of the Woods Tourism reports in its weekly update. Drifting and trolling spinners and crawlers during the morning and evening hours in 24 feet to 32 feet of water has been especially productive. Fishing tends to slow down a bit in the middle of the day, when trolling crankbaits out in the mud in Big Traverse Bay has been a good technique, Lake of the Woods Tourism says. Anglers also have caught some nice pike, many over 40 inches, in with the walleyes.
North Dakota's 2018 pronghorn hunting season is set, with 1,075 licenses available in 10 open units. Bruce Stillings, big game management supervisor for the state Game and Fish Department, said license numbers and open units are up from last year, when the department allocated 410 licenses and had five open units.
HALLOCK, Minn.—A West Fargo man will avoid jail time for trying to use Craigslist to solicit a minor for sex, with plans of marrying her in Montana. Chad Brian Peterson, 40, was sentenced Monday in Kittson County District Court to 52 days in jail, which he already has served. The sentence comes after he pleaded guilty to two felony counts of electronic solicitation of children.
Portions of two of the main roads in Beltrami Island State Forest in northwest Minnesota are set to be closed for part of the summer for repairs and improvement projects. The south end of Dick's Parkway will be closed starting early next week, likely starting sometime the afternoon Monday, July 23, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said in a news release. Culverts are being replaced at two different locations on the south end of the parkway: between Gates Corner (at the Moose River Road intersection) and Malcolm Corner (north of Fourtown, Minn.).
A small teddy bear, a bottle of honey, flowers and candles sit at the base of a tree in University Park in Grand Forks, the same tree a black bear climbed up Monday afternoon and stayed until it was tranquilized and then later euthanized.
HALLOCK, Minn.—A Clearbrook, Minn., man will avoid prison time after threatening to kill a boy if the child didn't have sex with him. Kittson County District Judge Eric Schieferdecker sentenced Xoey Karz Wallbank, 19, on June 9 to 36 months in prison, but that sentence will be suspended for 25 years if Wallbank follows a long list of conditions, including attending sex offender treatment and registering as a sex offender, according to sentencing documents filed Tuesday.
The Central High School activities director will take on a leadership position at Red River High School. The Grand Forks Public School Board unanimously voted Monday to hire Tony Bina as a Red River associate principal. He will replace Kelly Peters, who resigned from the position earlier this year. Bina has been an educator for 16 years and served five years as the activities director for Central, according to a news release. He also was a technology education instructor for Red River and a hockey coach for Central.
WARROAD, Minn.—Two Warroad residents were injured Thursday in Roseau County after a car rear-ended another vehicle. The Minnesota State Patrol responded at 10:50 p.m. Tuesday to the Minnesota Highway 11 crash about 3 miles west of Warroad. Alana Jean Aasen, 17, was stopped in a 2000 Toyota Camry and was waiting to cross a road when she was rear-ended by a 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The Marquis' driver, 76-year-old Nyla Ann Campbell, failed to observe that the Camry in front of her had stopped, state troopers said.
GULLY, Minn.—A motorcyclist has been seriously injured after hitting a deer early Friday morning in Polk County. Thomas Harold Acree, 53, of Bagley, Minn., was taken to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks to be treated for life-threatening injuries he suffered from the crash near Gully, according to a news release. He was riding a 2005 Honda motorcycle shortly after midnight Friday, 1½ miles west of Gully on Minnesota Highway 92 when he hit a deer standing in the road, the Minnesota State Patrol said.