Herald Staff Report
BLOOMINGTON, Minn.—The Grand Forks Herald won multiple awards this week from the Minnesota Newspaper Association, including a prestigious honor for the paper's coverage of addiction in the region. The Herald nabbed 18 awards in 16 categories from the MNA's Better Newspaper Contest for 2017. One of those awards was for Category X, which focused on local law enforcement coverage.
An Oklahoma man denied charges that say he exposed himself and in front of a customer more than two years ago at a Grand Forks Starbucks. Larry Brian Rick, 49, of Moore, Okla., pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Grand Forks District Court to two Class C felony counts of indecent exposure. The charges stem from an Aug. 15, 2015, incident reported at 1217 S. Washington St., the location of a now-closed Starbucks. Rick was staring at a customer before he exposed his genitals and masturbated in front of her, witnesses said in charging documents. He then left the restaurant.
An open house meeting to seek public input on the future of hunting at Rydell National Wildlife Refuge in Polk County has been rescheduled for 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the refuge Visitor Center, 17788 349th St. SE, Erskine, Minn. The meeting originally was scheduled for Monday, Jan. 22, but had to be canceled because of the government shutdown. In recent years, hunting on Rydell refuge has been limited to youth and accessible deer hunts. The refuge never has been open to hunting for upland game or migratory birds.
A public meeting scheduled for Monday night at Rydell National Wildlife Refuge in Polk County to take input on possible changes to the refuge's hunting plan has been canceled because of the federal government shutdown. Gregg Knutsen, Rydell Refuge manager, said no federal facilities are open to the public during the shutdown. The meeting will be rescheduled as soon as the shutdown ends, Knutsen said. -- Herald staff report
LAKOTA, N.D.—A Michigan, N.D., man has pleaded not guilty to driving drunk and causing the death of a Enderlin, N.D., man last year. Jordan Lee Borland, 28, entered the written plea Wednesday in Nelson County District Court, resulting in a waiver of his Friday preliminary hearing. He's been charged with criminal vehicular homicide, a Class A felony, after investigators said he crashed a 2012 Dodge Ram on April 13 about 8 miles south of Pekin, N.D., on state Highway 1. That resulted in the death of his passenger, 23-year-old Kevin Lemma, investigators said.
LAKOTA, N.D.—A bench warrant has been issued for a California man accused of breaking into a northeast North Dakota hotel and stealing alcohol. Sol Anthony Brua, born in 1991, was supposed to make an initial appearance Friday in Nelson County District Court, but it appears he did not show up. He has been charged with a Class B felony of burglary and two misdemeanors: criminal mischief and theft of property.
Dick Hiebert recognized for tire sales Dick Hiebert, general manager of Big Jim's East Side Tire, Inc., Grand Forks, recently was awarded the Commercial Tire Dealer of the Year Award by Modern Tire Dealer at the K&M Tire Dealer Conference in Chicago. Hatch Realty expands into Grand Forks Hatch Realty, a real estate brokerage that launched in Fargo four years ago, has expanded into Grand Forks. As of Jan. 1, Grand Forks agent Amber Flynn is available for real estate services and can be reached at www.LiveGreaterGrandForks.com .
ROSEAU, Minn.—A Warroad, Minn., man was not wearing a seat belt when he was killed Thursday in a crash in northwest Minnesota.
THOMPSON, N.D. -- Two people were killed and two injured in a two-vehicle crash between Thompson and Northwood, N.D., Thursday morning. North Dakota Highway Patrol Sgt. Ben Kennelly said a 2008 Chevrolet Uplander minivan with three occupants and a 2007 Nissan Altima sedan collided head on near the intersection of state Highway 15 and Grand Forks County Road 13. Two passengers of the van were killed. One was dead at the scene of the crash and the other was declared dead at Altru Hospital, Kennelly said.
The Grand Forks Police Department is investigating elusive burglars after multiple reported break-ins over several months. Officers responded Wednesday to three reported burglaries between the 1500 block of Hammerling Drive and the 1400 block of 14th Avenue South, according to a news release. Police said the break-ins are similar to ones previously reported: They happen in the evening hours, someone forces his way into the home and steals jewelry and other small items.