Herald Staff Report
GRAND FORKS—A pedestrian was sent to the hospital here Thursday morning, Feb. 22, after he was hit by a pickup. Wilbur Gillespie, 54, was taken to Altru Hospital for unknown injuries after the crash, which occurred at 8:44 a.m. Thursday at 13th Avenue South and South Washington Street. Gillespie was crossing Washington as a 1994 Dodge Dakota driven by Francis Leiran, 79, Grand Forks, was turning off of Washington onto 13th, according to a news release. The pickup then hit Gillespie, who was cited for jaywalking, police said.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- An infant escaped injury in a Thursday evening crash in northwest North Dakota, but three others were sent to the hospital. Michael Amundson, 49, of Clifford, N.D., was driving east in a 2001 Kenworth semi on McKenzie County Road 12 at 8:11 p.m. Thursday about 25 miles northeast of Watford City when he ran a stop sign at state Highway 23, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
EDGELEY, N.D. -- A LaMoure, N.D., woman was sent to the hospital after a sneeze led to a crash with a semi in southeast North Dakota. The North Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash that happened at 3:37 p.m. on U.S. Highway 281 about 13 miles north of Edgeley, or about 20 miles south of Jamestown.
Four people were arrested early Thursday morning in Grand Forks after police said they found drugs in the vehicle they were in. Kevin Roger Anderson, 24, of Fosston, Minn., along with Amelia Flores Trevino, 31, Rebecca Lynn Gatica, 52, and Zachary Glenn Lynch, 39, all of Grand Forks, had initial appearance hearings Friday in Grand Forks District Court to face multiple drug charges stemming from a Thursday morning traffic stop. Each person faces four charges of possession with intent to deliver or manufacture.
MANVEL, N.D.—A Hunter, N.D., man was taken to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks after a two semis collided Wednesday near Manvel. Michael Nelson, 62, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries after his 2017 Volvo and a 2007 Kenworth sideswiped each other as they met at 6:10 p.m. on U.S. Highway 81 about 4 ½ miles north of Manvel, according to a news release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The semis came to rest in opposite ditches but remained upright. Sugar beets from Nelson's load were spilled in the east ditch, where his vehicle jackknifed, according to the release.
PARK RIVER, N.D. -- A Walsh County veterinarian has died in a crash involving a semi in Walsh County. The North Dakota Highway Patrol responded at 10 a.m. Friday to 6 miles west of Park River on State Highway 17, where they found 75-year-old Gerard Albin Dahl of Park River had been fatally injured, according to a news release.
FARGO-- The sprinkler system at West Acres Mall is being credited with putting out a fire that sparked at the Macy's store before it could spread early Sunday morning. The Fargo Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at Macy's at 2:42 a.m., Sunday, only to discover the sprinkler system had done most of the job. A fire sparked in a Macy's management office due to an overheated electrical device, firefighters said. The flames spread to nearby office furniture before the sprinkler system extinguished the blaze.
WALHALLA,N.D. - One Walhalla man is dead and another recovering from injuries and charged with driving under the influence after a northern North Dakota crash Friday night. The North Dakota Highway Patrol said a 2002 Chevrolet K-1500 pickup was eastbound on 105th Street Northeast, about five miles west of Walhalla, when it failed to execute a right hand turn on to 121st Avenue Northeast and rolled.
GRAND FORKS — The popular country music band Little Big Town will perform March 17 at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, according to a news release from the venue. The stop is part of the band's The Breaking Tour, which begins in February in Oklahoma City. Founded in 1998, Little Big Town rose to fame with hits like "Boondocks," "Little White Church" and "Pontoon." The band has won numerous awards. Country band Midland and singer Kacey Musgraves will join Little Big Town during the 26-city tour.
A body found along the Red River in Polk County in June has been identified as a woman who went missing in East Grand Forks more than 30 years ago. The Polk County Sheriff’s Department has identified the body found near Oslo, Minn., as Shirley Ann Whetter of Grand Forks. She went missing in April 1984 and was last seen by the Eagles Club in East Grand Forks. No foul play is suspected. Check back for updates as this story develops.