Herald Staff Report
THIEF RIVER FALLS -- Pennington County officials hope a committee formed to consider minor costs for the Justice Center will speed up construction. County commissioners recently voted to form the committee that would have authority to review decisions that would cost less than $15,000, according to a report in the Thief River Falls Times. The $17.3 million would combine the jail and courthouse into one building for safety and security purposes. Several issues, including a problem obtaining permits for construction last year and cold temperatures, have delayed work.
SALT LAKE CITY—The UND men's basketball team cut Arizona's lead to as few as seven points in the second half, but the No. 2 Wildcats eventually pulled away to a 100-82 victory over the No. 15 Fighting Hawks. UND was as close as 68-61 with 12:08 to play in the second half when Drick Bernstine scored. Quinton Hooker completed his UND career with 25 points on 10-for-21 shooting. Bernstine added 20 points, 15 rebounds and four assists. UND landed four players in double figures as Geno Crandall and Corey Baldwin each added 12 points.
Light rain didn't douse the spirits of runners participating in the Shamrock Shuffle 5K Thursday afternoon. Dozens made their way to The Hub Pub to sign up and wear their greenest outfits as part of the St. Patrick's Day-themed run down The Greenway. Stacy Kusler, president of the Red River Runners Grand Forks, organized the event and said it's great to have the Greenway nearby for such event.
VERMILLION, S.D.—The UND women's basketball team played from behind from start to finish Thursday night in a WNIT first-round game against South Dakota. The Coyotes took advantage of 20 UND turnovers to beat the Fighting Hawks 78-55 at Sanford Coyote Sports Center. UND, the co-Big Sky Conference regular season champions, ends the year 20-10 overall, while USD improved to 22-8. The Fighting Hawks were led by Makailah Dyer's 11 points. Leah Szabla was the only other UND player in double figures with 10.
Altru name privacy manager Janelle Holth has been announced as new manager of privacy and compliance for Altru Health System. In her new role Holth will oversee Altru's compliance and regulatory standards and adherence to HIPAA privacy. AgCountry distributes $21 million AgCounty Farm Credit Services recently distributed $21 million to their member-owners. The distribution was announced in January and paid out in March based on proportion to their 2016 eligible loan business. Hockenberry award announced
BADGER, Minn.—Authorities are blaming "unsafe cigarette smoking" for a fire that killed a Badger-area man early Monday morning. Emergency responders were called at 3:50 a.m. Monday to a house fire near Badger. A woman and her juvenile son escaped the blaze unharmed, but the fire took the life of 51-year-old Michael Jerome Downham. His body was found in the destroyed home. The fire is under investigation by the Minnesota Fire Marshal's and Roseau County Sheriff's offices, but a news release said the fire was caused by a cigarette.
BADGER, Minn.—The Roseau County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the victim in a fatal house fire Monday near Badger. Michael Jerome Downham, 51, died in the fire started by unsafe cigarette smoking, according to a news release. A female resident of the home called 911 at approximately 3:50 a.m. to report the fire. The release stated the woman and her juvenile son got out of the house and escaped any apparent injury. The fire is still under investigation by the Minnesota Fire Marshall and the Roseau County Sheriff's Office.
• The final shows of "Peter and the Starcatcher," a production by the Empire Theatre Company, are set for 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday in the Empire Arts Center, downtown Grand Forks. Tickets are $22 for adults, $17 for students or military and $12 for ages 12 and under. Info: empireartscenter.com. • The thirteenth annual Knight for a Princess Daddy Daughter Dance is from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight and Saturday and also March 31 and April 1 at the Alerus Center, Grand Forks. Cost is $60 per couple or $30 per person, with check-in beginning at 5:30 p.m. Info: gfparks.org.
MINNEAPOLIS—Kiley Borowicz opened the Minnesota state Class AA girls basketball tournament in a big way Wednesday afternoon. Borowicz pulled off a rare quadruple-double to help Roseau beat New Richland-HEG 82-64 in the state quarterfinals at Mariucci Arena. The No. 1 seed Rams improved to 30-0. Borowicz, a senior, scored 28 points, snagged 13 rebounds, handed out 10 assists and grabbed 10 steals.
GULLY, Minn.—The Minnesota State Patrol has released the name of a Gonvick, Minn., man killed in a Polk County crash Tuesday. Kyle William Rouland, 31, was driving a 2006 Chrysler 300 west on Minn. Highway 92 just east of Gully when he went off the road at 12:23 a.m., according to a news release. The vehicle rolled and came to rest on its tires. It's unclear if Rouland was wearing a seat belt or if alcohol was involved. Gully is about 60 miles east of Crookston.