Police dig up yard of Grand Forks home as part of criminal investigation

Detectives would not discuss details of the case.

Police sift through dirt dug up from the yard of a home as they search for evidence.
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GRAND FORKS — The Grand Forks Police Department and members of the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigations spent much of the day Tuesday, Aug. 9, digging up the yard of a home in downtown Grand Forks.

The home is located at the intersection of First Avenue N. and North 11th Street.

Grand Forks police refused to discuss the circumstances of the dig, other than it is related to a criminal investigation. They would not say if that investigation is a cold case.

Detectives would not comment what brought them to the home, or if anything was found. Police said they would discuss the case publicly later this week.

Neighbors say the home is a rental property, and was moved to that location around the time of the 1997 flood.


Police dig up yard of Grand Forks home on Tuesday, Aug. 9, as part of 'criminal' investigation. (Ingrid Harbo / Grand Forks Herald)

Matt Henson is an Emmy award-winning reporter/photographer/editor for WDAY. Prior to joining WDAY in 2019, Matt was the main anchor at WDAZ in Grand Forks for four years. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended college at Lyndon State College in northern Vermont, where he was recognized twice nationally, including first place, by the National Academy for Arts and Science for television production. Matt enjoys being a voice for the little guy. He focuses on crimes and courts and investigative stories. Just as often, he shares tear-jerking stories and stories of accomplishment. Matt enjoys traveling to small towns across North Dakota and Minnesota to share their stories. He can be reached at and at 610-639-9215. When he's not at work (rare) Matt resides in Moorhead and enjoys spending time with his daughter, golfing and attending Bison and Sioux games.
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