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Adam Kurtz

Community Editor

Adam Kurtz is the community editor for the Grand Forks Herald. He covers higher education and other topics in Grand Forks County and the city.

Kurtz joined the Herald in July 2019. He covered business and county government topics before covering higher education and some military topics.

Kurtz is a Grand Forks native, and UND graduate. Prior to joining the Herald he worked as an English teacher in Japan for 17 years.

Tips and story ideas are welcome. Get in touch with him at akurtz@gfherald.com, or DM at @ByAdamKurtz.

Desk: 701-780-1110

Leaders say the partnership agreement creates the chance to cooperate instead of compete on a goal they both desire – the reduction of carbon emissions, and the success of rural communities.
Kierstin Hurtt, superintendent of the Crystal Public School, said the town was packed with volunteers over the weekend, including local students and first responders from the nearby towns of Hoople and Cavalier.
According to court documents, the indictments were handed down on Feb. 17. Shand was arrested on Jan. 19, after he was found transporting people who illegally crossed into the U.S. from Canada, in northeastern Minnesota.
The family was part of a larger group of Indian nationals who walked across the border.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, in a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, has requested information about the investigation into the incident of alleged human smuggling that occurred on Jan. 19, and his department’s plans to combat that kind of crime.
Assisting the RCMP is a team from the Indian consulate in Toronto, Ontario. The team was dispatched to Winnipeg on Jan. 21, according to a tweet from Ajay Bisaria, the high commissioner of India to Canada. Bisaria called the deaths of the four individuals, including an infant and a boy believed to be a teenager, “disturbing.”
Shand was granted the release at a pretrial and detention hearing on the afternoon of Monday, Jan. 24, by Magistrate Judge Hildy Bowbeer, of the U.S. District Court of Minnesota.
Not much is known about the individuals, aside from authorities believing they are a family of Indian nationals, and part of a larger group apprehended in northern Minnesota, about 6 miles east of Pembina.
According to a release from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the bodies of an adult man, woman and infant were discovered at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The body of another male, believed to be a teenager, was discovered shortly thereafter. All of the victims were located approximately 40 feet from the U.S./Canada border.
Charles P. Nord, James A. Rogers Jr. and Kort M. Plantenberg were killed on Dec. 5, 2019, after the Blackhawk helicopter they were riding in experienced engine failure.