GRAND FORKS -- A man facing charges after allegedly entering a home, threatening its occupants with a knife and starting a fire in its basement Saturday, March 9, is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday. Police were called to University Avenue around 2:25 a.m. Saturday because 33-year-old Patrick Donald Aune, of Adams, went into his friend’s home with a knife, according to an affidavit. A press release from the police department said smoke detectors in the home were going off when they arrived. Aune had locked himself in the basement and said he was going to burn down the house.
Spirit Lake Nation officials say they are proud to have regained control of the child welfare program this winter, nearly seven years after significant shortfalls in the agency left children unprotected.
GRAND FORKS -- A jury convicted a Grand Forks man of aggravated assault and two counts of rape Thursday, Feb. 14, upon the conclusion of a three-day trial. They deliberated for just under two hours. Each gross sexual imposition charge against Orlando Joseph Brown holds a minimum of 20 years in prison and a maximum of life. The felony aggravated assault charge holds a maximum of five years behind bars.
This holiday season, millions of people are snuggling up at home, with hot cocoa and tissues in hand as they tune in to watch different variations of starstruck lovers fall for each other amid snowy backdrops and Christmas trees during this year's holiday Hallmark movies. The CenturyLink study found that North Dakotans said "The Christmas Cottage" was the best movie, while Minnesotans favored "The Mistletoe Inn" and South Dakota enjoyed "The Christmas Train." Both "The Christmas Cottage" and "The Mistletoe Inn" feature unlikely romances budding during the holiday season.
GRAND FORKS -- A woman testified between tears Wednesday, Dec. 5, as she recalled how a Grand Forks woman allegedly sexually assaulted her and hit her with a hammer. Rebecca Dakota Grant, 31, sat at the defendant’s desk Wednesday in Grand Forks District Court as the state presented its case against her. She faces multiple charges, including a Class AA felony of gross sexual imposition, and would spend a minimum of 20 years in prison if convicted. If found guilty, she could be sentenced to life without parole.
GRAND FORKS — After waiting in a 45-minute line at the Alerus Center to cast his ballot as early voting opened, Judd Mondry said he was turned away. The 71-year-old retired veteran had lost track of his driver’s license and instead brought his veteran’s ID card, current electric and water bills and his Social Security card. But when Mondry finally reached the front of the line, he said the first thing he heard was: “You can’t vote.”
North Dakota was rated as one of the top states where children are most likely to visit the emergency room on Halloween, a study from Medicare Health Plans said. The study said head injuries and car accidents are among the top reasons for ER visits. It looked at the average number of visits to the emergency room per 1,000 people between 2012 and 2016. North Dakota came in 10th and had about 490 visits to the hospital, while No. 1-ranked Washington, D.C., had 699.
GRAND FORKS — In early October, Duane Maatz had high hopes for harvest season. The Executive Director of the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association thought there was potential to be finished with a majority of the harvest as early as Oct. 6 — but his hopes froze as quickly as the ground did.