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FARGO—Friends and family, this week, will celebrate the life of Grant Heim, and his courageous battle with cancer. Heim passed away Friday, after a six year battle with a muscular cancer. Above is a video of Grant in 2011, shortly after the then 14-year- old was diagnosed. Heim made a Make-A-Wish trip in 2014. The avid wake boarder got to meet Dean Smith, a professional in the sport. The two remained friends until Heim's passing. Heim graduated from Fargo North High in 2015, and went to UND, and studied occupational therapy. He was just 20 years old.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision Monday, Nov. 27, to deny a request for post-conviction relief for a Fargo man who pleaded guilty to murdering his wife in 2013.
BISMARCK — North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is looking for North Dakota educators to join a committee to help review the state's academic standards for the content areas of science, health, the arts, and early learning. Later, the Department of Public will be looking for state residents to help in reviewing the standards the educators develop.
MOORHEAD — Moorhead police have recaptured an inmate who walked away from the Clay County Jail on Thursday, Nov. 23. The inmate, James Lekvick Wingo, left the jail annex and was spotted by a Moorhead police officer walking south in the 300 block of 10th Street North at 1:17 p.m. wearing all orange jail attire, police said Friday, Nov. 24. When Wingo was ordered to stop, he fled into the neighborhood in the 1000 block of Second Avenue North, police said.
BURNSVILLE, Minn.—In advance of Black Friday, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota has released numerous tips for shoppers looking for big savings: • Do your research. Visit bbb.org or call (800) 646-6222 to obtain free business profiles on retailers — both for brick and mortar stores and online retailers. • Search for Black Friday ads ahead of time. Many retailers roll out their Black Friday specials well in advance of the shopping holiday.
U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., faces new allegations of sexual assault after two unnamed women have come forward accusing Franken of grabbing their buttocks on separate occasions, the Huffington Post and Star Tribune is reporting.
WEST FARGO — A northeast Minnesota woman has been arrested after a traffic stop led to the discovery of more than 280 pounds of marijuana, according to the West Fargo Police Department. On Tuesday morning, Nov. 21, West Fargo police, in a joint effort with the North Dakota Highway Patrol and Stutsman County Sheriff's Office, made a traffic stop on Interstate 94 in West Fargo near the 45th Street exit.
BISMARCK — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the state of North Dakota almost $15 million for water infrastructure projects, the agency said Tuesday, Nov. 21. The projects are also funded with a state match, repayments from prior loans and interest earnings. Among the projects targeted for the loans are the Grand Forks water treatment plant, the replacement of sewer lines and construction of stormwater control projects in Larimore and Jamestown's efforts to improve a wastewater treatment plant.
BISMARCK — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp unveiled a bill Tuesday, Nov. 21, to provide financing to ensure 2,000 North Dakotans who have paid into the Central States Pension Plan can keep their retirement savings. Heitkamp, D-N.D., announced the bill that she helped write at the Bismarck Teamsters Union hall. Her office noted the government-sponsored insurance company for multiemployer pensions, the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corp., is projected to become insolvent by 2025.
GRAND FORKS — Former Grand Forks school teacher James Whalen, who was sentenced to serve two years in prison for having sex with one of his students, has been approved for parole starting next fall. Whalen pleaded guilty in January in Grand Forks District Court to two counts of corruption of a minor and one count of sexual assault, all Class C felonies stemming from a sexual relationship he began with a 16-year-old. Whalen was accused of having sex with the student on multiple occasions, including at Grand Forks Central High, where he taught.