Herald Staff Report
Construction season is in full swing, and the quick 5-mile jaunt to the store over the lunch hour isn't so quick anymore. With construction projects on major Grand Forks roads planned through the summer drivers can expect longer trips or plan creative routes to their destinations. "I always take the back roads to avoid it, but it's summertime in North Dakota," Bethany Thompson of Drayton, N.D., said. "People want good roads. You can't have it both ways. I put up with it and go around construction because I want nice roads."
GRAND FORKS — A federal court has upheld the dismissal of a civil complaint against a former Nelson County Sheriff's deputy after a rancher who was arrested claimed the officer used excessive force while tasing him.
GRAND FORKS - An elementary school in south Grand Forks was locked down Tuesday after a student left the grounds. Discovery Elementary School locked its doors at 11:20 a.m., Grand Forks School District spokeswoman Tracy Jentz told the Herald. The student was located safe and nearby about 11:55 a.m. Jentz said instruction continued during the lockdown, which lasted about 20 minutes. She said parents would be notified about the lockdown Tuesday afternoon.
For a second time in two weeks, flooding on the Pembina River is impacting travel. The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and the North Dakota Highway Patrol Sunday morning temporarily closed N.D. Highway 18 from County Road 55 to the Canadian border near Neche due to water over the roadway. Motorists are required to use an alternate route until the closure is lifted.
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Two North Dakota State University sophomores were killed about 10 miles east of Moorhead Saturday night, Feb. 11, after a car they were in crashed into a guardrail on Interstate 94. The driver, Danie Leigh Thomssen, 18, originally from Bismarck, and one of her passengers, Carson Dennis Roney, 19, originally from Oakes, died, the State Patrol reported Sunday.
Grand Forks Police are asking for help locating a Grand Forks man who they say has been missing since Friday. The Police Department Facebook page said Larry Stammen was last seen Feb. 3 and his family is concerned about his welfare. He may be driving a tan 2002 Volkswagen Golf with license plate 557BUB, according to the post, which also includes photos of Stammen and the car. Police ask anyone who has seen Stammen or his vehicle or know where he is to call (701) 787-8000 to report information.
GRAND FORKS — A bomb threat prompted officials to evacuate the Grand Forks International Airport early Saturday morning, Jan. 28. Grand Forks officers responded at 5:14 a.m. to the airport after a traveler told a ticket agent there was a bomb in his bag, according to a news release. The suspect, who was taken into custody there without incident, was identified as Paraman Radhakishan, 53.
CROOKSTON—A University of North Dakota instructor and student flying a small aircraft were forced to an emergency landing Friday evening, Jan. 27, in Polk County. Rescue workers and law enforcement responded at 6:41 p.m. about 10 miles southwest of Crookston, where UND instructor pilot Joseph Gromek, 22, and student pilot Collin Bates, 21, landed a 2008 Cessna 172S after their engine failed, according to a news release. The two were able to land the plane in a plowed field and the aircraft sustained light damage, the release stated.
GRAND FORKS — It might be the third largest city in the Peace Garden State, but posts featuring Grand Forks are among the most widely viewed on Instagram, the photo-sharing social networking platform. Instagram released the locations with the most posts from each state this month, and Grand Forks made three appearances in the top five, with the University of North Dakota, the Ralph Engelstad Arena and the city itself. The five most Instagrammed locations in North Dakota in 2016 were: • Fargo • UND • NDSU • Ralph Engelstad Arena
The National Weather Service in Grand Forks has issued a blizzard watch for Christmas Day, which could significantly impact holiday travel. The blizzard watch will go into effect Sunday afternoon and run through Monday morning, according to the weather service. Travel could be very difficult to impossible in the Red River Valley during that time, the weather service warns. Forecasters are projecting the region could be hit with 7 to 13 inches of snow and wind gusts could reach as high as 55 mph, causing whiteout conditions.