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FARGO—Three men in a criminal conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in the Red River Valley linked to the 2016 murder of a man at the Flying J truck stop in Grand Forks were sentenced Wednesday in federal court. Christopher Ryan Ringsrud-Knowles, 34, of Arvilla, N.D.; Daniel Rodriguez Jr., 26, of Crookston; and Aaron Lee Morado, 27, of Grand Forks, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson for their roles in the conspiracy.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Sixty-two names were called out Monday afternoon. Each one an officer killed in the line of duty among agencies serving the Upper Red River Valley going back to 1890. After each agency's list was completed, a rose was added to a wreath and a bell was rung. The ceremony wrapped up the seventh annual Northern Valley Police Week Memorial Service, which drew officers from agencies across North Dakota, Minnesota and Manitoba to honor those who have fallen in the line of duty.
GRAND FORKS — North Dakota's new budget has deepened cuts for the state's judicial branch, which will see fewer resources spread across the state and reductions to the juvenile court system. The Legislature approved a $102.74 million judicial branch budget for the 2017-2019 biennium, a $10.94 million decrease from the original 2015-2017 budget, according to state court administrator Sally Holewa. With the reduction come more cuts for the judicial system, including staff reductions on all levels of the judiciary and the elimination of 56 positions.
CROOKSTON, Minn.—The Polk County Attorney's Office is seeking to impose harsh penalties beyond the scope of Minnesota sentencing guidelines for three men charged with trafficking fentanyl-containing pills in the Red River Valley. Prosecutors have filed notices intending to seek aggravated sentencing against Benjamin David Gottberg, 19, Robert John Benson Powell, 20, and Cody Allen Stengl, 19, according to court records.
PAUL — A northwest Minnesota man has filed a lawsuit against the Diocese of Crookston and Bishop Michael Hoeppner, alleging a cover-up of abuse and coercion. Ron Vasek, alongside his wife, Patty, attorney Jeff Anderson and Diocese of Crookston priest the Rev. Bob Schreiner, announced his lawsuit at a press conference Tuesday, May 9, where he made an emotional plea for victims to come forward and the truth to come out.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn.-- A man wanted for the murder of a Crookston woman found dead was arrested early Thursday, May 4, after a six-hour manhunt that began with an officer involved shooting in Bloomington, a Twin Cities suburb. Eddie Markeith Frazier, 49, was arrested at about 3 a.m. Thursday, according to the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office.
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- A woman is dead and police say they are searching for man she lived with after her body was found in an apartment in downtown Crookston Wednesday morning, May 3. The Crookston Police Department said Tawnja Rene Wallace was found dead in her home in the 100 block of South Broadway at about 9 a.m.. She was 48.
FARGO-- An East Grand Forks, Minn., man serving 15 years in federal prison for firebombing a Somali cafe in Grand Forks filed a motion seeking an attorney who can appeal his mandated restitution Monday, court records show. Matthew William Gust, 27, pleaded guilty to arson and committing a hate crime in federal court after throwing a makeshift Molotov cocktail into Juba Cafe, a Somali restaurant, on Dec. 8, 2015.
EAST GRAND FORKS Minn.—A 73-year-old northwest Minnesota man who died in a standoff with law enforcement after reportedly firing at a mail carrier and a sheriff's deputy in March was killed by gunfire from officers, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Clarence Duane Huderle died from a gunshot wound during a standoff on March 20 at his home in rural Polk County northeast of East Grand Forks. Initially, it was unclear whether he died from a self-inflicted wound or police gunfire.