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Grand Forks region dioceses participate in March for Life in Washington

More than 300 people from North Dakota’s two Catholic dioceses, Fargo and Bismarck, and 50 from the Crookston diocese, made the pilgrimage to Washington, D.C., for the annual March for Life Wednesday. It draws hundreds of thousands each Jan. 22 to mark the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion.


Heitkamp ties nutrition lab to importance of ag spending during tour

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., made her first visit Tuesday to the federally funded Human Nutrition Research Center on UND’s campus, stressing the importance of the scientific work there.


After felony conviction overturned, N.D. man who shot at roommate gets deal, freedom

To avoid a new trial on a charge he endangered his roommate’s life by firing a rifle toward him in December 2011, Travis Samshal pleaded guilty today to a lesser charge and walked out of court a free man after a year in custody.


2 Twin Cities men charged in Happy Harry's $2,800 liquor theft

Prosecutors on Friday charged two men from the Twin Cities in the Dec. 29 theft of four bottles of liquor worth $2,800 from the Happy Harry’s Bottle Shop on the south end of Grand Forks, including a $2,600 bottle of cognac.


Special rules for video evidence in sex assault trial, man faces life sentence in violent Cavalier case

Video evidence in a Cavalier, N.D., sexual assault case is so violent and explicit that the judge said Wednesday he plans to keep the court room audience from seeing the videos and figures some jurors will be “traumatized” by them.


Teen says stepmom beat him with broom in Grand Forks child abuse case

A high school sophomore testified Tuesday in a Grand Forks felony trial that his stepmother hit him with a broom last May, leaving welts on his head and red marks on his shoulders.


Lakota, N.D., farmer sentenced to 6 months in terrorizing case

Lakota, N.D., farmer Rodney Brossart was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison, with all but six months suspended during 2.5 years of supervised probation for terrorizing law enforcement officers who arrested him over a neighbor’s stray cattle in June 2011.


Brossart sons plead guilty to lesser charge

Three sons of Rodney Brossart pleaded guilty this morning each to a misdemeanor charge of menacing law enforcement officers, reduced from the felony terrorizing charge they had faced, in an agreement with prosecutors. It meant a possible sentence of one year in jail, instead of five years, as a maximum.

Ada, Minn., fire ruled arson

Police Chief Jody Bueng said Monday that a Sept. 1 fire that destroyed a house in Ada, Minn., was intentionally set and a reward is being offered for information about it.

UND student charged with assaulting officer

A UND anthropology major appeared Monday in court on a felony charge alleging she assaulted a Grand Forks police officer Sunday during an incident near where she lives north of campus in the 3500 block of 13th Avenue North.


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District 43 recount coming later this month

Delmore holds 8 vote lead over Dietrich
The Grand Forks County canvassing board tallied up the vote in the District 43 House race Monday, adding one vote to the margin incumbent Democratic-NPLer Lois Delmore holds over Republican challenger Don Dietrich for the second seat.