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GRAND FORKS — A Grand Forks woman will go to trial on accusations that she beat a woman with a hammer as she sexually assaulted her. Rebecca Dakota Grant, 31, could spend life in prison if convicted. Grand Forks District Court Judge Lolita Hartl-Romanick refused to reduce her bond Thursday, Oct. 18, when the trial was rescheduled. Court documents allege Grant hit a woman she knew in the face, threw her to the ground and ripped off her pants in the kitchen of the woman's apartment just before 1 p.m. on May 22.
ROOSEVELT, Minn.—Half a month after a small-town City Council member in northern Minnesota allegedly threatened a reporter during a public meeting, the investigation is still open and council members have dodged phone calls and an open records request. At the Oct. 1 Roosevelt City Council meeting, reporter Doris Knutson from Baudette's weekly Northern Light Region was sworn at by the city clerk and said she felt threatened by a council member who towered over her and yelled.
GRAND FORKS—A Grand Forks man who allegedly told police he tried to stab a woman to death because "she was a witch and he had to slay her" pleaded not guilty Wednesday, Oct. 10. Akmal Rashidovich Azizov, 20, could spend up to 20 years in prison if convicted on the Class A felony attempted murder charge. He's being held without bond because he told police he would try to kill the victim again if released, Assistant State's Attorney Haley Wamstad said.
ROOSEVELT, Minn.—A small-town city clerk who swore at a reporter last week during a public meeting said she has resigned. Reporter Doris Knutson from Baudette's weekly Northern Light Region questioned the Roosevelt City Council during its Oct. 1 meeting when she discovered they'd met without proper public notification. Knutson reported that clerk Alyce Siats shouted "My (expletive) dad died!" at her when she pressed the legality of the meeting.
A forecast for an early winter storm is now calling for higher amounts of snow across the Grand Forks region. Snowfall predictions have increased to between 3 to 6 inches, the National Weather Service said. Meteorologist Andrew Moore said storms are expected to begin Tuesday night and continue until Thursday morning. In some areas, it’s possible to see up to 8 inches of snow.
The State auditor's race seems to be in the background of Minnesota politics as election day approaches. Nevertheless, Democratic-Farmer-Labor-backed candidate Julie Blaha and Republican Pam Myhra are both vying for the position. Blaha said the most common question she's asked is simple: "What does the state auditor do?" Minnesota is one of 24 states that elects the position. The role focuses on local government oversight and involves auditing, reviewing, investigating, reporting and educating, the state website said.
ROOSEVELT, Minn. — A northwest Minnesota reporter said she was threatened during a Roosevelt City Council meeting Monday, Oct. 1, after asking pressing questions. City clerk Alyce Siats allegedly swore at Doris Knutson, a reporter at Baudette's weekly Northern Light Region, and council member Arlyn Stewart allegedly got up from his chair, towered over her and berated her after she questioned whether the council was complying with open meeting laws, Knutson said. He ended the meeting after the outburst, less than five minutes after it began.
WADENA, Minn. - A bicyclist from Detroit Lakes was killed Thursday night after running into a car in Wadena, a release from the Minnesota State Patrol said. The biker, 39, was northbound on Second Street and crossed Highway 10 against a red light, the release said. He ran into the side of a 2009 Chevy Silverado heading west at 11:15 p.m., State Patrol said.
HALLOCK, Minn.—Deputies in Kittson County spent the week digging animal bones out of rock piles at a rural Minnesota farm in hopes of uncovering human remains. But after 23 years, they still haven't found Becky Jo Look's body. Sheriff Steve Porter said the search is far from over. After reopening the cold case this summer, he said deputies have interviewed nearly 60 people about the missing woman.
FARGO—A Spirit Lake man will spend 60 years behind bars related to a gun assault and for shooting his ex-girlfriend in the face. Dakota James Charboneau, 24, is also accused in a separate case of murdering a woman in 2016. Court documents said Charboneau allegedly beat two men with the butt of his gun on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation on Oct. 22, 2017. An affidavit also said he allegedly fired off several rounds and held the men against their will at a house after beating them.