Dylan Weber of Grand Forks doesn't let her two young children watch violent shows on TV, but after she saw the brutal fighting between white nationalists and counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Va., recently, she felt the need to talk with them about it. "It was a hard conversation to have," she said. When she witnessed the turmoil, she said, "I felt angry, helpless and scared—and I wanted to do something with my children."
Grand Forks police responded to a call about 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, to the 700 block of South Ninth St. regarding a possible burglary. The caller told police dispatch personnel that she heard a loud noise and believed someone had broken into her house. Upon arrival, police checked the house; the suspect was gone. It appeared that someone had forced open a door to the residence, which caused damage, and had left when the resident hollered at the person or persons, according to a police report.
On a sweet summer afternoon, what could be more pleasant than strolling around downtown, popping in and out of shops, viewing artwork and meeting the local and regional artists who created it? Oh, did I mention you get to sample some wine at stops along the way? Slip on your comfortable shoes and join the Art and Wine Walk from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday in downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.
Someone who purchased a North Dakota Lucky for Life ticket is the winner of $25,000 a year for life. But, as of Tuesday afternoon, the lucky ticketholder has not contacted lottery office to claim the prize. The winning ticket, sold at Hamster Oil in Michigan, N.D., features the numbers 4, 8, 15, 17, 39, and the Lucky Ball was 2. Numbers were announced Monday evening. The winner may receive an annuity payment of $25,000 a year for life, with a minimum of 20 years, or a lump sum cash payment of $390,000.
The Grand Forks School Board announced Monday that applications will be accepted through Sept. 6 to fill a vacancy left by Dane Ferguson, who resigned as of July 31. Ferguson's term expires next June. School Board members will select Ferguson's replacement at its next regular meeting Sept. 11. Residents will select a candidate to fill the regular four-year term at the June 12 School Board election. Ferguson, who was elected to the School Board in 2014, served three years on the board. He and his family have moved to Mandan, N.D.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for the World Wrestling Entertainment's "WWE Live" show set for Sept. 29 in the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. WWE Superstars Roman Reigns and Braun Stroman will compete in the program that begins at 7:30 p.m. The event also features the International Championship Match between the winner of the night's Battle Royal versus the Miz with Maryse, the RAW Tag Team Championship Match between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins versus Cesaro and Sheamus, and other contests.
A few weeks ago, when Nancy Pasley received a large, official-looking envelope in the mail, she said, "My initial thought was, 'Uh oh, what did I do now?" But the contents were anything but ominous. In the envelope Pasley, of Grand Forks, found a letter and photos from Kari Yang, a young woman who received a kidney from Pasley's daughter, Jane, upon her death in 2013. One photo showed Yang dressed in her graduation cap and gown, holding a framed diploma representing her master's degree. Other photos reveal close-ups of her newborn daughter.
Scott Brekke been hired as interim principal and Kelly Weets as interim dean of students at Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls. They are serving in their new roles under one-year contracts, said Superintendent Bradley Bergstrom. As interim principal, Brekke takes over for Shane Zutz who resigned to accept a position as human resources director with Digi-Key Corp. in Thief River Falls. Brekke, who has been employed by the school district for 17 years, has been serving as associate principal at Lincoln High School.
Sons of Norway members were treated to a presentation on hand-crafted, traditional Norwegian textile items Thursday in the Gyda Varden Lodge in Grand Forks. The speaker, Cathy Flaat Forgit of Fertile, Minn., has many spent years honing her skills in knitting Norwegian sweaters, weaving wall-hangings and table runners, and making "skinnfell," a type of blanket made from fleece and animal hide that has been used by Norwegians for centuries.
GRAFTON, N.D.—Dr. Joshua Omotunde was remembered for his kindness, compassion and devotion to his patients by those who worked with him for years. Omotunde, who practiced family medicine in Grafton for 21 years, died unexpectedly Monday at his home in Grafton, N.D. He was 61. His death "was quite a shock," said Alan O'Neil, CEO of Unity Medical Center, Grafton. "It's quite a loss to the community. We are very shocked and devastated." Omotunde "was held in high regard by those who knew him. His dedication to his patients, staff and family were top notch."