Tess Williams / Forum News Service
GRAND FORKS — When the Grand Forks Herald randomly audited 10 small towns in an open-records search earlier this year, six provided records while four chose to not comply with state laws. Two towns — Forest River, N.D., and Middle River, Minn. — never responded, despite numerous phone calls, emails and messages from reporters. A city clerk in Brooks, Minn., declined to provide the records and said she did not have enough time. The City Council, she said, told her “they would just as soon have me not do it.”
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office released the names of two people who died in a car crash east of Crookston on Tuesday, Oct. 15. A 2001 Mazda Tribute driven by Jacob Anderson, 36, of Fertile, Minn., failed to yield at the intersection of 270th Avenue Southwest and County Road 46 in Gentilly, Minn., to a 2019 Freightliner M2 just before 1 p.m., a press release said. Anderson was westbound on 270th Avenue Southwest and the semitrailer, which was driven by Robert Arnett, 57, of Silver Bay, Minn., was southbound on County Road 46, according to deputies.
GRAND FORKS — Many waterways in the region are expected to reach moderate flood stage this week in the wake of an early October blizzard and the wettest September on record. In Grand Forks/East Grand Forks, the Red River was at approximately 40 feet Monday, Oct. 14, and is predicted to reach 41.5 feet Tuesday. At Grand Forks, 28 feet is considered minor flood stage and it is considered moderate flooding at 40 feet. The city's flood control system protects Grand Forks to a crest of 60 feet.
A felony charge was filed Tuesday afternoon against a Grand Forks man accused of shooting at a car on South Washington Street on Monday, Oct. 7. Richard Richardson III is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning on the charge of reckless endangerment.
GRAND FORKS — Though weather predictions are still uncertain, meteorologists say things could get bad this week — bad enough for the Red River Valley to see a blizzard in October. Rain is predicted to hit the night of Wednesday, Oct. 9, and turn into snow as the storm system moves from west to east across the region. National Weather Service meteorologist John Hoppes said Grand Forks could see about a quarter-to-half inch of rain before the snow begins, but areas in northwestern Minnesota may get half-to-three-quarters inch of rain.
GRAND FORKS — A Grand Forks man pleaded guilty to attempted murder, among other charges, on Monday, Oct. 7. Akmal Rashidovich Azizov reportedly stalked a woman he knew last fall and plotted to kill her before attacking her. He immediately told first responders that he was the perpetrator and that he’d tried to kill the University of North Dakota student because “she was a witch.”
GRAND FORKS — Snow is possible throughout the region by the end of the week, according to the National Weather Service. Monday, Oct. 7, and Tuesday will have milder weather, with highs in the 60s, but the weather service predicts that highs on Thursday will be in the 30s. Rain is predicted to turn into snowfall as the temperatures decrease.
CRARY, N.D. — A Rolette County school bus driver crashed into a moose on Thursday, Oct. 3, while driving the Dunseith volleyball team home from an away game, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. Though the 24 students, coach and bus driver were unharmed, the moose did not survive the crash, Sgt. Ryan Panasuk said. “They generally don’t do too well against large vehicles,” he said.
GRAND FORKS — Grand Forks police reported responding to two opioid overdoses in as many days. First responders revived the victims by administering naloxone and CPR. Opioid use was declared a nationwide epidemic as rates of overdosing on the prescribed medications began to skyrocket. From January to the end of June, there were 20 opioid overdoses, two of which resulted in death in Grand Forks, according to Michael Dulitz, the city’s Opioid Response Project coordinator.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — A third man was sentenced Monday, Sept. 30, for his role in a fatal fentanyl overdose in February 2018 in Thief River Falls. Four people have pleaded guilty in connection to Samuel DeJesus Cabrales’ death, though none are being held criminally responsible for murder.