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GRAND FORKS — The smell of fresh almonds and the click-clack of hockey practice filled the halls at Ralph Engelstad Arena on Thursday, Oct. 19, tokens of a mountain of preparation snapping into place for the University of North Dakota's big hockey series this weekend.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — An East Grand Forks, Minn., assistant hockey coach is accused of groping a teenage girl, according to court documents charging him with gross sexual imposition. According to a district court complaint, Philip Jason Hartwig, 46, was arrested in connection with a Sept. 3 incident in Ramsey County in which he groped the chest of a girl "under the age of 15," despite the girl's multiple requests that he stop. The document does not state the time, address or further circumstances of the incident.
Reaction from the region's congressional delegations was mixed on President Donald Trump's decision to end a program that protects thousands of immigrants in North Dakota and Minnesota from deportation.
Anna Akinboro, the wife of the Grand Forks man who died on a Minnesota lake last week, said she was watching him ride a Jet-Ski—until she wasn't. Peter Akinboro, 40, was far enough across the lake that at times, Anna could only see the waves the watercraft had thrown. When she couldn't see them anymore, Anna asked her sister-in-law to go look on another Jet-Ski to find him. But on a blustery day, all Anna's relative found was the Jet-Ski and a life jacket.
BISMARCK—Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., criticized President Donald Trump's initial response to the weekend's rally and violence in Virginia on Monday as "woefully inadequate." Her remarks join a chorus of voices from both parties saying Trump should have been clearer sooner about racists' place in America. Heitkamp's remarks come after a Saturday demonstration in Charlottesville, where white supremacists clashed with counter-protesters. Dozens of people suffered injuries, including many inflicted when a man drove his car into a crowd, killing a protester.
Members of Congress from North Dakota and Minnesota responded to the shooting that left five people injured and the shooter dead at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday. National media reports say that shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday, a lone gunman exchanged gunfire with law enforcement and wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., in the hip. Scalise was reported to have undergone surgery and was in critical condition Wednesday afternoon.
WARROAD, Minn.—The Roseau County Sheriff's Office has released the details of a crash that sent an Olympic medalist who played hockey for the University of North Dakota and other American Legion members to the hospital, citing cellphone use, speed and driver distraction as the apparent cause.
President Donald's Trump's Thursday, June 1, withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement drew strong reactions along party lines among North Dakota and Minnesota members of Congress, as well an accusation that Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., was "flip-flopping" his stance on the agreement.
GRAND FORKS — A North Dakota man took to social media on Friday evening, May 5, to complain he and his friends were denied drinks at a Grand Forks restaurant after a waitress—who has since been fired—asked which presidential candidate they voted for in November.
GRAND FORKS—Reps. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., and Collin Peterson, D-Minn., were on opposite sides of Thursday's health care vote in the U.S. House to repeal and replace Obamacare.