OKLEE, Minn. — A Minnesota man was charged in connection with a stockpile of pipe bombs discovered in rural Red Lake County after deputies found a receipt with his name on it with the explosives.
BAUDETTE, Minn.—A northern Minnesota woman who was convicted of stealing money from a fundraising account for three men killed in a 2015 Lake of the Woods boating accident has been sentenced to serve time in prison after being convicted for writing bad checks while on probation. Retina Rayellen LaValla, 30, was sentenced to serve 42 months in prison last week after being found guilty of writing a bad check-- a violation of her parole from a conviction for stealing money from a GoFundMe account she set up for three victims of a October 2015 boating accident.
GRAND FORKS—The vast majority of gun deaths recorded in North Dakota and Minnesota are suicides, a national trend that has public health officials calling for the community to be alert to people in their lives who are showing suicidal tendencies and to temporarily disarm them if necessary.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — A northwest Minnesota judge has until Dec. 19, 2017, to rule on a lawsuit accusing the Diocese of Crookston and its bishop of covering up abuse and inflicting emotional damages on a man who says his bid to become a deacon was rejected because he reported being sexually abused by a priest more than 40 years ago.
GRAND FORKS—One of the two suspects arrested in connection to the disappearance of a 22-year-old pregnant Fargo woman pleaded guilty to abusing his infant son in Grand Forks in 2011. William Henry Hoehn, 32, was arrested by Fargo Police Thursday along with 38-year-old Brooke Lynn Crews in the case of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, who was last seen Aug. 19 at her apartment in north Fargo. Hoehn and Crews were arrested after Fargo Police said they found a healthy 2-day-old baby inside the same apartment building where Hoehn, Crews and LaFontaine-Greywind all live.
As communities struggle to address the rising popularity of heroin and other opioid narcotics, attention has shifted away from another drug with a nationwide grip. But the popularity of methamphetamine does not seem to be waning. Figures from law enforcement and addiction treatment specialists in North Dakota and Minnesota show that meth remains the most commonly used hard drug in the region, with popularity levels surpassing those seen in the early 2000s.
EAST GRAND FORKS. Minn. —A Minnesota Department of Health investigation into an East Grand Forks addiction treatment center found an employee sexually abused a patient, the second time such an incident has been documented at the facility since 2014. The state investigation made public last month found on two occasions in May a staff member at Douglas Place Treatment Center entered a patient's room and initiated sexual conduct, an action prohibited by state law and the facility's policies.
FARGO—A Canadian man who pleaded guilty to smuggling people across the U.S.-Canadian border in western North Dakota was sentenced to serve six months in prison Wednesday. Victor Omoruyi, 41, of Regina, Sask., was arrested April 14, and charged with partnering with his wife, Michelle Omoruyi, to smuggle nine Nigerian citizens seeking asylum in Canada across the border near the Northgate port of entry in far northwest North Dakota and bringing two others back into the U.S.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — A lawsuit filed by a northwest Minnesota man against against the Diocese of Crookston and its Bishop, Michael Hoeppner, saying the diocese covered up abuse and the bishop tried to coerce the victim into silence has reached its fourth judge in a series of recusals and is being contested on grounds some its counts are past the statute of limitations.
GRAND FORKS — When two fishermen came across human skeletal remains June 10 along the eastern banks of the Red River, everyone wondered: Who is it? Finding out could be a process that takes days, weeks, months, years or decades, according to University of North Dakota forensic pathologists and medical examiners. Who is it? How long have they been there? We may never know. "It's a process, not an event," said Dr. Mark Koponen, a 30-year medical examiner. Each process is different, experts say, with unique challenges depending on how much of someone is found.