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The next week may be a "mini roller coaster" for weather, as highs are forecast to reach the 40s and then drop back into the teens. National Weather Service Meteorologist Bill Barrett said the rest of the month is predicted to follow more typical weather patterns for November. He said the first week of the month was mostly normal, but the week-long cold snap that followed was uncharacteristic.
As Grand Forks Police officers approached an apartment building at the 3900 block of Gardenview Drive, reports said 20-year-old Akmal Rashidovich Azizov told them, "I'm the guy you're looking for." In one of his hands was a small, silver knife. In the other was what he told officers was a "healing stone." Azizov detailed to police during an interview he'd spent several weeks plotting to kill a woman he knew "because she was a witch" and on Sept. 5 he stabbed and tried to slit her throat repeatedly, court documents said.
When Haley Wamstad walked into the second-floor offices of the Grand Forks County Courthouse, she was greeted with "Hey, boss," a term still unfamiliar for the freshly-elected state's attorney. She's the first woman to be elected to the position. The state's attorney is the top prosecutor in the county and makes decisions about proceedings for criminal and civil court cases on behalf of North Dakota. Wamstad grew up just south of Grand Forks in Hatton, N.D., and spent her spare time growing up by helping out on her grandparents' farm or in her parents' business.
MEKINOCK, N.D.—Veronica Harrison headed out of Grand Forks Sunday night searching for the northern lights and ended up in a rural cornfield somewhere near Mekinock. Coyotes were howling nearby and bright orange and green lights dancing above her. "It was really pretty," she said. "Usually you can only see green lights, but there was actually some orange that night, too."
A Grand Forks man is facing seven charges after allegedly fleeing from police in a stolen car and continuing to drive after a wheel fell off. Paul Fitzgerald Smith II, 25, could spend up to five years behind bars for each of the four felony charges. Police records said officers tried to pull over his vehicle Tuesday just after 9 p.m. around the 2000 block of 27th Avenue South because its tail lights were out. Smith allegedly kept driving east, jumped a curb and turned south onto Washington Street. He was driving on the wrong side of the road, police said.
A Grand Forks man charged with stabbing another man Tuesday afternoon also told a police officer "I'll kill your daughter," court documents said. Dickie Lee Demery, 37, could spend up to five years behind bars if convicted. Demery allegedly stabbed a 65-year-old man in an apartment at 1108 N. 39th St. around 3 p.m. The man who was stabbed told police he didn't know why Demery stabbed him, but said they knew each other, court documents said.
ROOSEVELT, Minn.—Three Roosevelt City Council members were replaced during Tuesday's election following a meeting in which incumbent council members allegedly refused to answer questions and voted to pay unopened bills. The council has been under fire since last month, when the former city clerk swore at a reporter and a council member towered over and berated her for asking questions during a meeting.
A Grand Forks man was charged with intent to sell drugs and fleeing from police after he was stopped for active warrants Saturday. Shawn Phillip Heldt, 30, could spend up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
A body was found in a rural Fertile, Minn., field Tuesday night, a press release from the Polk County Sheriff's Office said. Timothy Leon Berhow, 66, of Grand Forks, was found just before 8:30 p.m. in a field at 11524 390th St. S.E., where he had been hunting, the release said. The sheriff's office transported Berhow's body to the UND forensic medical examiner for an autopsy. The release said no foul play is suspected.
A Grand Forks man was charged in relation to accusations he strangled a woman and beat her dog. Martin Madle Bol, 24, was charged with six felonies and two misdemeanors. His bond was set Wednesday at $15,000. Court documents allege Bol punched a woman he knew in the face Saturday and again Monday. The woman allegedly told police Bol choked her until she passed out Saturday. The woman had bruises near her right eye and arm and her face was swollen, an affidavit for Bol's arrest said.