Herald Staff Report
The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission this month released boarding data for each airport in the state. North Dakota has seen a cumulative growth of 4 percent In North Dakota, comparing January to August of 2017 to that same time period this year. Kyle Wanner, director of the commission, described this growth as a sign of a good economy. “Airline boardings can be a key indicator of economic growth,” he said.
GRAND FORKS—Grand Forks Air Force Base is investigating the death of an airman. The body of Airman 1st Class Christian Clark, 24, was found Sept. 6 in his dorm room at the base, according to a news release. A member of the 319 Communications Squadron, Clark was an operations technician for the high-frequency global communications system. The Monroe, Ga., native had been at the base since June 2016, about six months after he joined the Air Force. The news release did not state how he died or whether foul play was suspected. The cause of death is under investigation.
A Bloomington, Minn., man will have to complete 300 hours of community service for dealing heroin in Grand Forks. Rahmi Ramieh, 23, pleaded guilty Monday in Grand Forks District Court to the Class A felony of conspiracy to possess heroin with intent to manufacture or deliver. He faced up to 20 years in prison, but in exchange for a guilty plea, he was sentenced to community service and a three-year deferred sentence. That means he will not have to spend time behind bars if he doesn't have any violations during his three-year period of supervised probation.
ST. THOMAS, N.D.—A St. Thomas man has been accused of threatening the lives of a city employee and his wife after the employee turned the man's water off. Andrew Arien Mattson, 33, had an initial appearance Monday in Pembina County District Court, where he has been charged with two Class C felonies—terrorizing with a dangerous weapon and preventing arrest—and a Class B misdemeanor of simple assault.
BISMARCK—More than 49,000 deer hunters went afield during last fall's North Dakota deer gun season, shooting an estimated 30,100 deer for an overall hunter success rate of 61 percent, the N.D. Game and Fish Department said Monday, March 26. Game and Fish offered 54,500 deer gun licenses for the 2017 season, and 49,407 hunters went afield, according to results from a post-season survey Game and Fish conducts every year. Hunters spent an average of 4.4 days in the field. Other survey highlights:
The body of a woman found along a snowmobile trail near East Grand Forks has been identified. Grand Forks resident Britani Rose Senti, 26, was found March 2 about a half mile south of East Grand Forks, according to a news release from the Polk County Sheriff's Office. No foul play is suspected in relation to her death, the release said. Senti's body was sent to the UND Forensic Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy. The release didn't specify the cause of death.
GRAND FORKS—A pedestrian was sent to the hospital here Thursday morning, Feb. 22, after he was hit by a pickup. Wilbur Gillespie, 54, was taken to Altru Hospital for unknown injuries after the crash, which occurred at 8:44 a.m. Thursday at 13th Avenue South and South Washington Street. Gillespie was crossing Washington as a 1994 Dodge Dakota driven by Francis Leiran, 79, Grand Forks, was turning off of Washington onto 13th, according to a news release. The pickup then hit Gillespie, who was cited for jaywalking, police said.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- An infant escaped injury in a Thursday evening crash in northwest North Dakota, but three others were sent to the hospital. Michael Amundson, 49, of Clifford, N.D., was driving east in a 2001 Kenworth semi on McKenzie County Road 12 at 8:11 p.m. Thursday about 25 miles northeast of Watford City when he ran a stop sign at state Highway 23, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
EDGELEY, N.D. -- A LaMoure, N.D., woman was sent to the hospital after a sneeze led to a crash with a semi in southeast North Dakota. The North Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash that happened at 3:37 p.m. on U.S. Highway 281 about 13 miles north of Edgeley, or about 20 miles south of Jamestown.
MANVEL, N.D.—A Hunter, N.D., man was taken to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks after a two semis collided Wednesday near Manvel. Michael Nelson, 62, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries after his 2017 Volvo and a 2007 Kenworth sideswiped each other as they met at 6:10 p.m. on U.S. Highway 81 about 4 ½ miles north of Manvel, according to a news release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The semis came to rest in opposite ditches but remained upright. Sugar beets from Nelson's load were spilled in the east ditch, where his vehicle jackknifed, according to the release.