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GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The Federal Aviation Administration’s latest outline of how it will regulate unmanned aerial systems, including at the new federal testing site proposed at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, might not necessarily make the flowering of new unmanned flights feasible. That was one message Sen.
LAKOTA, N.D. — Nelson County Sheriff Kelly Janke announced Friday he is resigning immediately to avoid criminal prosecution over a charge involving an extramarital affair. Janke made the national news as being in charge of the arrest of Lakota farmer Rodney Brossart and several family members in 2011 over a neighbor’s stray cattle Brossart refused to return.
FARGO — A Grand Forks man, who with his siblings is facing extensive drug charges, was sentenced to 10 1/2 years in federal prison this week after he pleaded guilty to conspiring to move methamphetamine and other drugs from Texas into Minnesota and North Dakota. Devin Keplin, 35, is one of several siblings from Grand Forks facing federal drug charges after their arrests this year in drug deals involving a handful of other people, too. Keplin and Matthew Garcia, 22, pleaded guilty in July to the drug conspiracy charge, reaching deals with federal prosecutors in Fargo. U.S.
The U.S. House broke for Christmas this week, a new five-year farm bill still in the hopper despite a year and more of wrangling over it. But lawmakers from North Dakota and Minnesota said a final agreement is near. “I’ve been pushing hard to get people to agree so we could get a floor vote in December,” said Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., who is on the conference committee trying to hammer together a bill from House and Senate versions.
GRAND FORKS — Just a week before they were scheduled to go to trial, the parents of the two children killed in a 2010 Christmastime traffic accident west of Grand Forks settled a lawsuit with the truck driver, his employer and United Parcel Services. The settlement of the suit brought by Kevin Boyer Jr. and Catana Boyer against driver Steven Nelson and Simplex Leasing, both of Jamestown, and UPS was filed Tuesday in state district court in Grand Forks. The suit, filed two years ago, was set for trial next week before a jury. On Dec.
GRAND FORKS — The lawsuit by victims of the Christmas crash three years ago west of Grand Forks when a semitrailer ran a red light and hit a van, killing two children and injuring another and their father, alleges the truck driver violated federal regulations by driving too many hours without rest and using a prescription painkiller that causes drowsiness. It also argues that United Parcel Services of America is liable — as well as the truck driver, Steven Nelson, and his employer, Simplex Leasing of Jamestown — because the driver was hauling two UPS trailers. The suit over the 2010 crash is
GRAND FORKS — A jury found Jace Prelip, a former Grand Forks police officer, not guilty Wednesday of felony terrorizing, but guilty of a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct for holding a gun to a man’s head last year at a party after hours of drinking. The jury of eight men and four women deliberated about 90 minutes after hearing several prosecution witnesses Tuesday and Wednesday. Because the incident involved a firearm, Prelip faced a mandatory two years in prison if he had been convicted of the terrorizing charge and possibly up to five years. Now living near the Twin Cities, Preli
BELCOURT, N.D. — A Belcourt man has been charged in tribal court in connection with the Nov.
FORT TOTTEN, N.D. — Joseph Morsette was sworn in Monday as chief judge for the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe near Devils Lake. Morsette, 46, just left his job Friday at the University of North Dakota directing the Native Americans Into Law program, recruiting Indian students to the state’s only law school. “It’s great to have that transition,” Morsette said after his swearing-in by Spirit Lake’s Chairman Leander “Russ” McDonald.
GRAND FORKS — The defense lawyer for a former Grand Forks police officer on trial for allegedly terrorizing a man by holding a gun to the man’s head said Tuesday that even the victim thought it was only a joke. Testimony from a friend of Jace Prelip painted a picture of a long night of drinking that led up to the incident in Prelip’s house. Prelip, who had been on the police force about three years, quit within days of the Aug.