NORTHWOOD, N.D.—A 52-year-old man was flown to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks on Tuesday after his glove was caught in a grain auger east of Northwood. According to the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office, the man was cleaning out grain bin bottoms when the accident happened. Sheriff's deputies responded to the call about 2:45 p.m. The injured man was transported to the Northwood Hospital before being life-flighted to Grand Forks. Authorities are withholding his name until his family has been notified of the accident.
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.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol will be out in force Wednesday watching for motorists who have been drinking or driving irresponsibly. The Patrol will conduct a traffic and alcohol saturation along Interstate 29 and U.S. Highway 2 from 4 p.m. to midnight with cooperation from sheriff's offices in Grand Forks, Traill, Walsh, Pembina, Nelson, Ramsey, Benson and Pierce counties, according to a Patrol news release. Twenty Patrol officers will be covering 158 miles of highway during the saturation looking for impaired driving and other traffic violations.
Tickets go on sale Friday for "An Evening with Bill Engvall," set for Oct. 6 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. Engvall, who appeared in season 17 of "Dancing with the Stars," is a comedian and Grammy nominated recording artist. He produces a weekly podcast, "My Two Cents," and his latest comedy special, "Just Sell Him For Parts," is available on the VUDU streaming service. Engvall's first comedy album, "Here's Your Sign," is certified platinum and held the No. 1 position on the Billboard Comedy Chart for 15 consecutive weeks.
A broken bathroom flush valve displaced some UND residence hall dwellers early Wednesday morning when it began gushing water in Selke Hall. Mark Johnson, UND facilities director of operations and maintenance, said the valve sprung a leak sometime after 1 a.m., soaking the bathroom and the immediate residential suite area that surrounded it. The water also spread into a common area and eventually trickled down through the floor into two rooms on the level directly below the leak.
DeMers Avenue and South Third Street will be closed between DeMers and Kittson Avenue from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday in Grand Forks during the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Whistle Stop. The event will take place in Town Square, celebrating a tree that is making its way from Montana's Kootenai National Forest to Washington. The celebration will include a formal proclamation, hot chocolate, doughnuts and a winter market featuring seasonal crafts and food vendors. An official Capitol Christmas tree banner can be signed from 9 to 10 a.m.
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1214 University Ave., Crookston, is holding its "Homemade for the Holidays" bake sale and luncheon from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. Lunch is $8 for full lunch or order a la carte, including lefse and donuts. Takeouts are also available and the public is welcome. (218) 275-3143. It's Kumla Time in Sharon from 5 to 7 p.m. today in Trinity Lutheran Church, Sharon, N.D. Potato dumplings, onions, ham or side pork and a beverage. $10/adults, $5/6-12, free/under 6. A WELCA bake sale will also occur. For more info, email email@example.com .
Soybean council CEO announces departure Diana Beitelspacher, having served seven years as chief executive officer of the North Dakota Soybean Council, has announced she will be leaving her position Dec. 15. "I leave the Soybean Council with a sense of accomplishment and with the confidence that our industry will continue to grow and thrive," she was quoted in a recent news release.
A Grand Forks Police bomb unit responded to the Wal-Mart in south Grand Forks Wednesday after someone reported a suspicious package there. According to Police Lt. Bill Macki, a briefcase was spotted under some exterior pipes on the front of the building near the liqour store and the Sam's Club part of the business. Police and Regional Bomb Team officers cordoned off part of the lot to investigate the bag just before noon. Members of the bomb team X-rayed the case and found that it was empty. Officers spent about an hour at the business.
MANVEL, N.D.—Two people were injured Friday when a semi hauling potatoes went through a stop sign and struck their vehicle in Manvel, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Gerald Wyles Jr., 54, of Florida, was traveling south in a 2012 Peterbilt truck on U.S. Highway 81 about 4:35 p.m. when he went through a stop sign at the intersection of Grand Forks County Road 33 and struck an eastbound 1998 Chevrolet Prizm, according to Sgt. Adam Dvorak of the Patrol.