2019-05-01 E-Edition

Helping to keep everyone safe

Special response team bridge gaps

COUNTY—Residents of Walsh County may have noticed an armored Humvee or some camouflaged personnel in body armor in the streets of Grafton, Park River or Ardoch last week. There wasn’t an active shooter or hostage situation in either of these communities. It was, however, training exercises for a specialized response team (SRT). According to Andy Alt, a sergeant with Walsh […]

SOAR committee connecting people to resources

Newly formed group gaining traction

GRAFTON—A group of community minded people, with business and government ties to Grafton have partnered together to create a committee called SOAR. SOAR is an acronym for success, opportunity, action, resources and its goal is to connect area businesses and individuals to existing resources. SOAR is committed to connecting area businesses and individuals to resources through networking, education and open […]


Kilichowski Farms plants wheat just southeast of Minto last Saturday. On a national average, about 13 percent of spring wheat has been planted this spring, compared to 5 percent in North Dakota and 2 percent in Minnesota. The forecast for the current week continues to show cooler conditions with chances of precipitation.

Grzeskowiak exonerated of all charges

Deliberations last more than four hours

GRAFTON—Two years, two deceased witnesses and inconsistent testimony was too much for the state to prove beyond reasonable doubt. As a result, Peter John Grzeskowiak, 64, of rural Warsaw, was acquitted of all charges in Northeast District Court on Thursday. Grzeskowiak had been charged with two Class C felonies for aggravated assault and terrorizing and a Class A misdemeanor of […]

Ouellette waives preliminary hearing

Jury trial scheduled for Aug. 7

Aaron Steven Ouellette, 32, of Hallock, Minnesota, waived his prel iminary hearing in front of Northeast District Judge Barbara Whelan on Tuesday, April 23. Ouellette, on Feb. 21, was arrested on three misdemeanor drug counts and one Class B felony for possession with intent to deliver marijuana. Ouellette was stopped for speeding on Highway 18 near mile marker 204. He […]

Grafton, Park River hosts blood drive

Vitalant is blood provider to 70 hospitals across region

Grafton Lutheran Church hosted a blood drive with Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, on April 2 at Grafton Lutheran Church which helped collect a total of 59 units of blood products for patients in need. A total of 54 individuals volunteered to donate blood and 49 individuals were able to donate at the Vitalant blood drive. A total of eight […]

Vehicle rolls north of Drayton on interstate

Lance Loer, 51, of Humboldt, Minnesota, rolled his 2006 Chrysler Town and Country mini-van Monday 10 miles north of Drayton on Interstate 29. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, on April 29 at 3:35 p.m., Loer was driving north on I-29 and failed to negotiate a curve, causing his van to run off the road. He over corrected and […]

County Court Report

FEBRUARY 2019 DISPOSITIONS Michael J. Freyling, Grand Forks, possession of drug paraphernalia. Defendant shall pay $250 in fines and fees. Defendant shall obtain an evaluation, pay all fines and fees as ordered, violate no criminal laws, serve six months unsupervised probation, set up payment schedule-in full on or before June 7, 2019 and deferred imposition of sentence for six months. […]

Local Events Calendar:

Thursday, May 2 Grafton Sunshine Senior Citizen’s Club monthly birthday party, 1:30 p.m., senior center. Cake and ice cream will be served. A special presentation by photographer and artist Annette Berglund from Twin Valley, Minnesota, will be given on how to take and edit great photos with your smartphone, as well as discover apps for editing and printing. There will […]