Herald Staff Report
Portions of two of the main roads in Beltrami Island State Forest in northwest Minnesota are set to be closed for part of the summer for repairs and improvement projects. The south end of Dick's Parkway will be closed starting early next week, likely starting sometime the afternoon Monday, July 23, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said in a news release. Culverts are being replaced at two different locations on the south end of the parkway: between Gates Corner (at the Moose River Road intersection) and Malcolm Corner (north of Fourtown, Minn.).
A small teddy bear, a bottle of honey, flowers and candles sit at the base of a tree in University Park in Grand Forks, the same tree a black bear climbed up Monday afternoon and stayed until it was tranquilized and then later euthanized.
HALLOCK, Minn.—A Clearbrook, Minn., man will avoid prison time after threatening to kill a boy if the child didn't have sex with him. Kittson County District Judge Eric Schieferdecker sentenced Xoey Karz Wallbank, 19, on June 9 to 36 months in prison, but that sentence will be suspended for 25 years if Wallbank follows a long list of conditions, including attending sex offender treatment and registering as a sex offender, according to sentencing documents filed Tuesday.
The Central High School activities director will take on a leadership position at Red River High School. The Grand Forks Public School Board unanimously voted Monday to hire Tony Bina as a Red River associate principal. He will replace Kelly Peters, who resigned from the position earlier this year. Bina has been an educator for 16 years and served five years as the activities director for Central, according to a news release. He also was a technology education instructor for Red River and a hockey coach for Central.
WARROAD, Minn.—Two Warroad residents were injured Thursday in Roseau County after a car rear-ended another vehicle. The Minnesota State Patrol responded at 10:50 p.m. Tuesday to the Minnesota Highway 11 crash about 3 miles west of Warroad. Alana Jean Aasen, 17, was stopped in a 2000 Toyota Camry and was waiting to cross a road when she was rear-ended by a 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The Marquis' driver, 76-year-old Nyla Ann Campbell, failed to observe that the Camry in front of her had stopped, state troopers said.
GULLY, Minn.—A motorcyclist has been seriously injured after hitting a deer early Friday morning in Polk County. Thomas Harold Acree, 53, of Bagley, Minn., was taken to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks to be treated for life-threatening injuries he suffered from the crash near Gully, according to a news release. He was riding a 2005 Honda motorcycle shortly after midnight Friday, 1½ miles west of Gully on Minnesota Highway 92 when he hit a deer standing in the road, the Minnesota State Patrol said.
A Grand Forks woman has been ordered to spend about six years in prison for her part in selling drugs in East Grand Forks. Ellen Yvonne Bergeron, 27, was sentenced Thursday in Polk County District Court to 75 months behind bars for a first-degree felony for selling meth. She had faced 30 years in prison, but she pleaded guilty for a lesser sentence. She was given 62 days' credit for time served.
Investigators have released the name of a woman who died after drowning in a pool this week in Grand Forks. Maggie Berlin, 61, was found unresponsive shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday in a pool in the 2000 block of 11th Avenue North, according to a news release from the Grand Forks Police Department. Emergency responders called to the scene attempted to revive her, but the attempt was unsuccessful, the release said. "There was no apparent danger to the general public, and this incident remains under active investigation," Lt. Derik Zimmel said in a statement.
Bank Forward new hire East Grand Forks native Marina Glastad has joined the Bank Forward office in Fargo as an audit/loan operations specialist. She graduated from UND with a Bachelor of Accountancy Degree. Altru new hires
WARREN, Minn.—An Alvarado, Minn., man has been accused of forcing a woman to have sex with him last month. Justen James Lawrence Ekholm, 27, appeared Tuesday in Marshall County District Court on a third-degree felony count of criminal sexual conduct, a crime that carries a maximum punishment of 15 years in prison. The accuser told officers Ekholm harassed her June 5 to have sex with him, but she said "no" multiple times while she was at his home, according to court documents. He tried to bribe her to have sex, but she refused, court documents state.