Herald Staff Report
The Grand Forks Herald has extended invitations to both sides of a downtown park issue to come together for a debate June 1 at the Empire Arts Center. Publisher Korrie Wenzel presented the invitations Friday afternoon. He did not ask that the recipients immediately accept or decline, but said he will await their decision and then announce whether the debate will proceed.
NECHE, N.D.—A Neche man faces charges of possessing child porn depicting teenage girls. Brandon Lee Bjornstad, 33, was arrested Tuesday after investigators said they found on his phone a video and 14 images depicting girls that appear to be between the ages of 13 and 15 years old, according to an affidavit of probable cause. Officers obtained a warrant to search his Neche home at 323 Third St.
Law enforcement agencies in Minnesota will increase its patrols this weekend for Cinco de Mayo. The Mexican holiday marks the country's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety warned the holiday prompts some who drink to celebrate to then drive.
Knudson awarded The winners of the 2017 North Dakota Professional Communicators (NDPC) Communications Contest, held April 20-21 in Fargo, have been announced. Herald reporter Pamela Knudson was the overall NDPC sweepstakes winner, claiming 11 first place, one second place and two third place awards in various categories. Knudson was also named as the conference's Communicator of Achievement. Peace Garden hires two
A Canadian grain company has acquired a rail facility in Grand Forks that can ship ag products to global markets. Viterra, headquartered Regina, Sask., closed Monday on the purchase of Gavilon Grain’s handling assets in Grand Forks at 4256 54th Ave. N., according to a news release. The purchase isn’t Viterra’s first venture in North Dakota -- it has facilities in Ray, Minot and Northgate -- but it does help expand its portfolio in the state as well as in the U.S.
A lumberyard with offices and showrooms could be built at the site of a closed restaurant in north Grand Forks.
Campus and community members gathered at the Gorecki Alumni Center Thursday to put a UND alumni leader's name permanently on the campus he served for years. Earl and Jan Strinden were the guests of honor at dedication for the newly named Strinden Road on the south side of campus from University Avenue to Campus Road. "Earl and Jan have passionately served the University of North Dakota without hesitation through the years," said DeAnna Carlson Zink, Alumni Association CEO, in a news release.
UMC names Dufner football coach Mark Dufner has been named head football coach at Minnesota-Crookston. Dufner, who was the interim head coach, spent the past five seasons as defensive coordinator at UMC. Dufner has had two stints as defensive coordinator at UMC, previously leading the defense from 2005-10. He was also recruiting coordinator (2002-11), special teams coordinator (2002-03) and equipment manager (2004-07, 2011-12).
CANDO, N.D.—A 6-year-old child was killed and two others were hospitalized as the result of a two-car crash in Towner County on Thursday.
Two Devils Lake men escaped serious injury after a car crashed while avoiding a deer Wednesday night in Polk County. Gary Grafsgaard, 51, was driving a 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser east on U.S. Highway 2 when he swerved his vehicle near County Road 30 in an attempt to miss a deer on the road, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The vehicle rolled. Grafsgaard and his 61-year-old passenger, John Grafsgaard, were treated for minor injuries.