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A northwest Minnesota man convicted in recent months of stealing a plane in Roseau County, a horse trailer in Clearwater County and a horse in Marshall County, is wanted again — and his mother says she has filed a complaint against him with police. Geoffrey Marshall Biteman, who turned 19 in January, has not kept in touch with his probation officer in Bagley, Minn., so a warrant has been issued for his arrest, according to the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Department.
GRAND FORKS — The new five-year, $480 billion farm bill passed by the Senate on Tuesday includes a tiny provision authorizing North Dakota and a few other states to grow research plots of cannabis as a farm crop. No, it’s not pot, but the version of the same cannabis species used for marijuana that is known as industrial hemp, doesn’t make you high and is used in many food and industrial products from shampoo to health supplements to fibers used cars. But it hasn’t been legal to grow in the United States for decades. North Dakotans long have pushed for the crop’s production and legalized it
GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota aerospace school aims to break ground this spring on a new building, with the goal of attracting businesses that want to be part of the university’s growing aerospace research and development conglomerate. Bruce Smith, dean of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, called it “a nice statement about the good things that have happened” at the school. Some of the new space will provide a secure area for research into unmanned aircraft systems and other projects that need security, according to state documents.
GRAND FORKS — The Federal Aviation Administration’s latest outline of how it will regulate unmanned aerial systems, including at the new federal testing site proposed at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, might not necessarily make the flowering of new unmanned flights feasible. That was one message Sen.
GRAND FORKS — New court documents give new alleged details from a teenage witness of the stabbing death of Ruben Cisneros Jr. on Nov. 17 northwest of Grand Forks and show how fast law enforcement nabbed the suspects in the killing and burglary. Three men and a woman, Jennifer Blue, remain in the Grand Forks County jail awaiting a preliminary hearing Dec. 23.
BELCOURT —A Belcourt man has been charged in tribal court in connection with the Nov.
PEQUOT LAKES, Minn. — Linda Walker lives alone now in her house on the shore of Clamshell Lake, with Izzy, a Black Lab-Golden Retriever mix. It’s been 10 years since her daughter, Dru Sjodin, was abducted from the parking lot of Grand Forks’ Columbia Mall by convicted sex offender Alfonso Rodriguez, assaulted and killed. Walker’s life has changed, of course, in ways she couldn’t control but perhaps more important, in ways she is directing.
CROOKSTON, Minn. - A jury here found Thomas Lee Fairbanks guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting of Mahnomen County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Dewey, bringing gasps in the court room as the verdict was announced. The charge carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. Prosecutors asked state District Judge Jeff Remick to sentence Fairbanks, who turns 35 this month, immediately. Defense attorneys asked for time to file an appeal. Remick met with both sides for 20 minutes in his chambers, then ruled Fairbanks will be sentenced Sept. 9 in Mahnomen.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A baby girl abandoned outside a Grand Forks fire station this weekend is now likely in the custody of social services and maybe already in a foster family's home, social service experts said. Nothing officially can be said about an individual case, but typically in such cases a doctor can order an infant to be held as long as 96 hours in a hospital for care and to sort things out.