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GRAND FORKS — There’s a line at the start of George Bibel’s 2012 book about train wrecks in which the University of North Dakota engineering professor apologizes for what he is about to write. “I should start with an apology to the entire industry and first explain how trains mostly do not crash,” he wrote in “Train Wreck: The Forensics of Rail Disasters.” In a recent interview, he reiterated the same point noting how much safer trains are than other modes of transportation. Yet, in recent months, as the public and the news media that serve them grow increasingly alarmed by high-profile rai
GRAND FORKS — Although pastors from Grand Forks and Grafton are nominees to be elected this weekend the new bishop of the Eastern North Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America during a meeting in the Alerus Center, you won’t see lawn signs or billboards or hear campaign announcements on the radio. Church elections for bishops in the ELCA are rather delicate, and campaigning for the office is seen as sort of a sin. In fact, often the biggest fans of the nominees hope they lose. “I don’t want anyone to vote for him,” said Loretta Moe, longtime member of Grafton Luther
GRAND FORKS — “Piled higher and deeper” is an old college joke about a Ph.D.
The slow rail service threatening the livelihood of farmers in the Upper Midwest has gotten better in recent weeks, but at the Forest River (N.D.) Bean Co., the railcars ordered from BNSF or Canadian Pacific are still two to three months behind, said the company president and manager. Brian Schanilec, a fifth generation farmer, called the crisis the worst that his family has ever faced, worse even than the 1930s. “We survived the Great Depression,” he said.
GRAND FORKS — A former pharmacist is accused of stealing more than 2,000 painkiller pills from the Grand Forks drugstore he managed and peddling them to others. Investigators say Aaron Anderson, who turns 35 later this month, was manager of Thrifty White Drug from June to October last year. Details of the case against him and his clients just became available Friday. Agents of the Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force made up of federal, state and local officers say they used a confidential informant to discover and document drug deals that started with Anderson pilfering pills from the pharmacy
GRAND FORKS — The military has revealed more about the fatal shooting of an airman by Grand Forks Air Force Base security in July. Tech. Sgt.
GRAND FORKS — A soldier’s shooting rampage Wednesday at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas has raised questions about the role of post-traumatic stress disorder, but a retired Air Force psychologist now working at the University of North Dakota said he doesn’t believe combat really has anything to do with it. “The combat stress or PTSD doesn’t cause a massacre like this,” said retired Lt. Col. Randy Nedegaard, a professor of social work.
GRAND FORKS — Instead of whiling away the hours in their jail cells, 320 people convicted of crimes in Grand Forks ended up providing services to the community last year. In the process they’ve saved taxpayers lots of money, and helped out charities and themselves, according to supporters of the Greater Grand Forks Community Service & Restitution Program. The program is one of several in North Dakota, but Grand Forks uses it the most, said Deb Schuler, who has run it for 18 years. A report she released recently showed that the 320 completed 11,343 hours of community service at 102 work
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Eric Sansburn, a sergeant in the North Dakota Army National Guard’s military police unit, pleaded not guilty in Grand Forks on Friday to federal charges that he committed sex crimes against children for years. The allegations include interstate transport of underage girls for sexual purposes, producing pornographic videos of a minor girl and possessing child pornography showing victims as young as 6.