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A large share of the nation has faced below-zero temperatures the past week as the coldest weather in about two decades hit many areas, increasing heating costs to millions and leading to near-shortages of propane and natural gas in some regions. The coldest weather has been right here in the Upper Midwest. Retail prices for propane for heating homes hit an apparent record of $2.25 per gallon this week in North Dakota, up 65 percent from a year ago, according to local dealers and the U.S.
Jon Jensen officially became the newest North Dakota district judge this week in a Grand Forks court room, succeeding Judge Joel Medd who retired Sept. 1 as the longest-serving state district jurist. Jensen, 48, joins four other judges and two judicial referees/magistrates in the Northeast Central District. Top state officials, led by Gov. Jack Dalrymple who appointed Jensen in November, attended the investiture ceremony Monday in the Grand Forks County Courthouse. Jensen began work Dec.
A former Philadelphia man pleaded not guilty Monday to eight felony counts alleging he robbed, terrorized and sexually assaulted two Grand Forks women, including three counts that could put him in prison for life. Antonio Raheem Matthews, who turned 21 last month, has been jailed since his arrest Oct. 1 on separate minor charges as he already was the sole focus of the investigation into the Sept.
The Grand Forks child care center that hired a man charged last month with sexually assaulting four children at the facility has a good record and did the proper background check before hiring the man, state officials said this week, confirming what the center's officials said. Still, Immanuel Christian Children's Center retained a Bismarck attorney experienced in trying civil lawsuits after its former employee Timothy Tollefson was charged Dec.
Grand Forks police say two men stole four bottles of liquor Sunday from Happy Harry's Bottle Shop, including a single bottle worth $2,600. Three of the stolen bottles haven't been exactly identified yet, said owner Hal Gershman. But they weren't bad, averaging about $70 a piece, since the total loss was pegged at $2,800 from the south end store at 2051 32nd Ave.
Those who know her say Bonnie Cameron has done much for many in Grand Forks and beyond, as a teacher and a preacher who in retirement hasn't stopped helping out. Cameron taught elementary school for more than 40 years in Grand Forks. On most weekends the past 30 years, she has been a kind of circuit-driving preacher filling in at small Presbyterian churches. "She does so many things," said Brenda Johnson on why Cameron inspires her. "The preaching in small towns, actually helping families who are going through death.
The former principal and athletic director at Warren-Alvarado-Oslo High School in Warren, Minn., appeared in court this week on four felony counts of criminal sexual conduct in Morris, Minn. In court Monday, Craig Jon Peterson, 36, deferred entering a plea to the charges and was scheduled for an omnibus hearing Feb. 5 in state district court in Morris, said a Stevens County official. Peterson worked five years in the Warren school northeast of Grand Forks before starting in August as principal and activities director in Morris.
RINDAL, Minn. - With three children, including a newborn in swaddling clothes, and four congregations, the Rev. Kelly Ahola and the Rev. John Ahola have their stockings - and their schedules - especially full at Christmas. "We are busy with the Christmas season, the Christmas programs at each church," said John recently. "But this is just part of the ministry." A few weeks ago, he had a funeral on a Friday, a wedding rehearsal that night, another funeral Saturday and the wedding Saturday night. "Then I preached twice on Sunday morning," he said with an easy laugh.
The North Dakota Supreme Court has ordered a lower court to review its 2012 conviction of a Grafton, N.D., man on an attempted murder charge, saying the district court erred in its technical interpretation of whether the needed intent to murder was present. Esteban Dominguez, then 29, was convicted in February 2012 by a jury in Grafton of attempted murder and terrorizing for threatening David Nelson Jr.
A Manvel, N.D., man was arrested Friday and faces felony charges of sexually molesting four children at a church day care center in Grand Forks. Timothy Tollefson, 31, remains in the Grand Forks County jail pending his initial appearance, probably Monday, on the four Class A felony counts of gross sexual imposition with a child under 15.