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DEVILS LAKE N.D. — A Lankin man will spend almost a decade behind bars for assaulting and temporarily paralyzing a 2-year-old child. Ramsey County District Judge Donovan Foughty sentenced Austin Lee Thorsteinson, 25, Thursday, May 31, to 20 years in prison, the maximum punishment for the Class A felony count of child neglect or abuse he was charged with. He must serve half of that sentence, and the remaining time will be suspended if he does not violate the terms of his supervised probation for five years after his release, according to court documents.
GRAND FORKS -- A Grand Forks woman faces life in prison after police said she beat another woman with a claw hammer while sexually assaulting her. Rebecca Dakota Grant, 30, was scheduled to appear Friday afternoon, June 1, in Grand Forks District Court, where she has been charged with a Class AA felony of gross sexual imposition and three Class C felonies—one count of terrorizing an adult with a dangerous weapon and two counts of aggravated assault against an adult with a dangerous weapon.
COLFAX, N.D. – Several families from the Richland 44 School District have retained attorneys from a Fargo law firm to ensure their victimized children will be protected when they return to school this fall, possibly with their offenders. Attorney Timothy O’Keeffe said his firm sent letters to the district Thursday, May 31, requesting information on behalf of more than five families whose students were victims of sexual assault and hazing this school year.
GRAND FORKS -- A 42-year-old man died after he was struck by a pickup Wednesday night, May 30, in Grand Forks. Police identified the man as Jason Lee Longie, who died from his injuries at Altru Hospital. The pickup driver, Jameson Held, 28, of Grand Forks, told police he was eastbound on 32nd Avenue South when his vehicle struck the Longie walking southbound in a 20th Street South crosswalk. The pickup had a green light at the time, police said in a news release. Held flagged down police at 9:51 p.m.
BISMARCK—Edgeley-Kulm junior Isaac Huber has chased New Town runners around the track to no avail at the North Dakota state track meet. On Saturday, May 26, everybody was chasing him around the sweltering Bismarck Community Bowl. With temperatures pushing 90 degrees under sunny skies and no wind, Huber still posted a 9 minute, 40.43 second time to win the 3,200-meter run. He even backed off down the stretch to save energy for the 800 still to come. "Oh it was hot," Huber said. "The water helped over there, but it was brutal. I grabbed one water, it was a good idea.
LIDGERWOOD, N.D. -- Randolph Roeder, 44, Hankinson, N.D., has been identified as the victim in a fatal motorcycle crash Thursday, May 24, near Lidgerwood, N.D., according to the Highway Patrol. He was westbound in a Victory motorcycle on state Highway 11 around 11:30 p.m. when he failed to negotiate a curve, the patrol said. The motorcycle entered a ditch and tumbled, throwing Roeder.
GRAND FORKS -- A small group of partners plans to buy the Grand Forks Herald’s downtown building with the hope of attracting businesses and entities in the communications and professional sectors.
MILWAUKEE — Adam Thielen has never had a bobblehead made in his likeness. So two bobbleheads for the Minnesota Vikings wide receiver is worth a head nod or two. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled two officially licensed bobbleheads of the Detroit Lakes, Minn., native. One is in his Minnesota State, Mankato college uniform and the other as a Viking.
Grand Forks Police are investigating the death of a 5-month-old infant. Brynley Rymer died Tuesday at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo of undisclosed injuries, according to a news release. An unnamed caregiver initially brought the child, who lived in Grand Forks, to Altru Hospital's emergency room on Monday, the release said. She was then airlifted to Sanford before succumbing to her injuries.
BISMARCK — Backers of a proposed North Dakota constitutional amendment seeking to prevent noncitizens from voting may start gathering signatures, Secretary of State Al Jaeger said Thursday, May 24. Jaeger has approved the format of a petition to obtain signatures to place the proposal on the November ballot, his office said in a news release. But supporters, led by legislative candidate and former state GOP Chairman Gary Emineth, have a little more than six weeks to gather 26,904 signatures.