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FARGO—Friends and family, this week, will celebrate the life of Grant Heim, and his courageous battle with cancer. Heim passed away Friday, after a six year battle with a muscular cancer. Above is a video of Grant in 2011, shortly after the then 14-year- old was diagnosed. Heim made a Make-A-Wish trip in 2014. The avid wake boarder got to meet Dean Smith, a professional in the sport. The two remained friends until Heim's passing. Heim graduated from Fargo North High in 2015, and went to UND, and studied occupational therapy. He was just 20 years old.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision Monday, Nov. 27, to deny a request for post-conviction relief for a Fargo man who pleaded guilty to murdering his wife in 2013.
BISMARCK — North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is looking for North Dakota educators to join a committee to help review the state's academic standards for the content areas of science, health, the arts, and early learning. Later, the Department of Public will be looking for state residents to help in reviewing the standards the educators develop.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – Three people have been arrested in connection with a shooting of a man this week in downtown Fergus Falls, police said Friday, Nov. 24.
BISMARCK — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the state of North Dakota almost $15 million for water infrastructure projects, the agency said Tuesday, Nov. 21. The projects are also funded with a state match, repayments from prior loans and interest earnings. Among the projects targeted for the loans are the Grand Forks water treatment plant, the replacement of sewer lines and construction of stormwater control projects in Larimore and Jamestown's efforts to improve a wastewater treatment plant.
BISMARCK — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp unveiled a bill Tuesday, Nov. 21, to provide financing to ensure 2,000 North Dakotans who have paid into the Central States Pension Plan can keep their retirement savings. Heitkamp, D-N.D., announced the bill that she helped write at the Bismarck Teamsters Union hall. Her office noted the government-sponsored insurance company for multiemployer pensions, the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corp., is projected to become insolvent by 2025.
GRAND FORKS — Former Grand Forks school teacher James Whalen, who was sentenced to serve two years in prison for having sex with one of his students, has been approved for parole starting next fall. Whalen pleaded guilty in January in Grand Forks District Court to two counts of corruption of a minor and one count of sexual assault, all Class C felonies stemming from a sexual relationship he began with a 16-year-old. Whalen was accused of having sex with the student on multiple occasions, including at Grand Forks Central High, where he taught.
ST. PAUL — A federal judge sentenced sentenced a Minnesota man to more than 10 years in prison Monday, Nov. 20, for defrauding investors in a housing project in the Bakken oil patch. Ronald David Johnson, 51, was sentenced to 126 months — 10½ years — in prison for the scheme, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota. In June, a jury convicted the Corcoran, Minn., man on nine counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering.
GRAND FORKS—Wintry weather and colder temperatures could move into the region before a warm-up and dry weather starting Sunday and possibly holding into the Thanksgiving weekend, according to the National Weather Service. However, a long-range forecast shows it could be a colder than normal and snowy winter. The snow and rain mix this week is expected to be isolated, weather service meteorologist Brittany Peterson said Thursday.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. -- Allegations of excessive force after a traffic stop in Worthington are the center of a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota. In a news release, the ACLU-MN said it represents Anthony Promvongsa, a Worthington resident stopped in July 2016, in a case filed against Worthington, its police department and the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force.