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FARGO — Two Fargo legislators announced Friday that they will not seek re-election. District 41 Sen. Tony Grindberg and District 45 Rep. Joe Heilman, both Republicans, issued separate news releases announcing their intentions. Grindberg has served in the North Dakota Senate since 1992. He is the aerospace business manager at Appareo Systems.
FARGO — U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., announced that wounded veteran Eric Marts will be her guest at next week’s State of the Union address. According to a news release, Heitkamp met Marts, who hosts a Fargo radio program for veterans, last summer when she traveled the state. While a member of the Army National Guard, Marts was deployed to Iraq when he was hit by a roadside bomb. The explosion caused Marts to become blind, the release stated. Saturdays at 10 a.m.
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NEW TOWN, N.D. — A Montana man accused of having sex with a minor while he worked as a counselor in Billings, Mont., was arrested Friday in New Town. Brad Douglas Johnson, 36, of Laurel, Mont., was wanted on two counts of felony sexual intercourse without consent, according to a news release from the U.S. Marshals Service.
GRAND FORKS — An airman at Grand Forks Air Force Base was sentenced Monday at his court martial to 34 years in prison for raping a woman on base this past summer, the base said Thursday. Senior Airman Jory Hodge, 23, broke into the home of an airman who was deployed and forced himself upon the deployed airman’s wife early on the morning of Aug. 10, the base said. Hodge agreed to plead guilty to all charges he faced, including rape by threat or fear, sodomy, assault consummated by a battery, burglary and communicating a threat.
SOUTH HEART, N.D. — A Wyoming truck driver was cited after one of the two 400-barrel tanks he was hauling on a flatbed trailer fell off when it hit an overpass on Interstate 94 about 10:30 a.m. Monday, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Herbert Lambert Jr., of Lusk, Wyo., was hauling the tanks with a 2006 Peterbilt truck when they struck the overpass that leads to South Heart.
GRAND FORKS — A confession to stealing sparked a spirited debate among students at South Middle School in Grand Forks. With only three lines of dialogue to rely on, eighth-graders recently spent several minutes analyzing the narrator’s self-interest, experience, moral values and gender. English teacher Andrea Simon asked the class if the narrator felt bad. “I say no, she didn’t really care about what she did,” said Isaac Burger. “What evidence is there in this excerpt that she doesn’t care about what she did?” asked Simon.