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Grand Forks stakeholders agreed Friday the city must counteract the potential "stain" of hate speech on Grand Forks, but did not settle on a collective course of action, in light of recent visits by an anti-Islam speaker at the Empire Arts Center. Bret Weber, a City Council member and social work professor at UND, cautioned attendees the city wanted to be wary of "acquiescing" to ideas spread by people like Christian speaker Usama Dakdok, who travels the U.S.
THIEF RIVER FALLS—A Thief River Falls teenager who became a community hero during her struggle with a rare cancer died Friday morning. Grace Woods, 16, died peacefully in the arms of family members early Friday after a four-year fight with cancer, according to her online CaringBridge page. During her fight with osteogenic sarcoma, a bone cancer, she became a rallying point among community members who built her a "dream bedroom" last year.
A 49-year-old man who pleaded guilty to molesting an 8-year-old girl Thursday will likely be sentenced to 15 years in prison. Lonnie Falcon Sr. pleaded guilty to three counts of gross sexual imposition, all Class AA felonies, in Grand Forks District Court by signing a plea deal with the state. If the judge follows the plea agreement, Falcon will be ordered to spend 15 years in prison.
A chapter closed in a four-year odyssey when a 12-member jury found Lakota, N.D., farmer Rodney Brossart not guilty Wednesday of threatening two police officers in a 2011 encounter. Brossart, whom a Grand Forks jury acquitted after deliberating for slightly over an hour Wednesday, was all smiles after the not guilty verdict was read in his second trial. He thanked departing jurors outside the courtroom, who hugged him in return and stayed to chat with him, while Brossart's family was circled around. Brossart was initially charged in June 2011 with terrorizing, a Class C felony, in Nelson Co
UND President Robert Kelley says he was “disturbed” by reports of an alleged hate crime at a UND fraternity , while the fraternity says its members are cooperating with an...
Police are investigating allegations of a hate crime at a UND fraternity after a non-student says he was stripped of his clothes, assaulted and pelted with anti-gay slurs early Sunday...
The former Traill Rural Water District manager has been charged with a felony offense after investigators say he mismanaged more than $10,000 in funds related to a multi-million dollar Traill County water project. Jerome Olson was charged with one count of misapplication of entrusted property, a Class B felony,Thursday in Traill County District Court. Olson was manager of the Traill Rural Water District until he resigned in February 2014 when the district lost at least tens of thousands of dollars in revenue over a four-month period. Investigators accuse Olson of mismanaging between $10,000
A Thief River Falls couple is suing Altru Health System after complications from a vascular surgery left a man blind and deaf.
A Texas man who was the source of the synthetic drugs that claimed the lives of two Grand Forks area teenagers in 2012 is appealing his 20-year federal prison sentence. Federal judge Ralph Erickson ordered Charles William Carlton, 31, of Katy, Texas, to spend 20 years and six months in a federal prison in Bastrop, Texas, last year after Carlton pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy and money laundering charges in U.S.
The Grand Forks County Courthouse recently underwent a $175,000 makeover with funds mostly coming from state coffers. The courthouse replaced aging work stations with new furniture from Norby's Work Perks and installed new carpeting and counters in the Clerk of Courts offices on the courthouse's first floor in June and July.