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GRAND FORKS — Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn, invoked her own family history in rebuking President Donald Trump's reported remarks on Haitian and Nigerian immigrants, calling them "unfair generalizations." Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., also expressed concerns, though the offices of multiple other Minnesota and North Dakota leaders either declined to comment or did not respond to requests for comment on Saturday.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office have released details of a response to reported domestic violence that ended the discovery of a man dead in a rural home near Crookston. According to a report released early on Saturday morning, a sheriff’s deputy arrived at a home near Crookston at 9:35 p.m. to investigate a domestic violence call. When the deputy “attempted to make contact,” the report states, a gunshot rang out from inside the home.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — An East Grand Forks, Minn., assistant hockey coach is accused of groping a teenage girl, according to court documents charging him with gross sexual imposition. According to a district court complaint, Philip Jason Hartwig, 46, was arrested in connection with a Sept. 3 incident in Ramsey County in which he groped the chest of a girl "under the age of 15," despite the girl's multiple requests that he stop. The document does not state the time, address or further circumstances of the incident.
GRAND FORKS—Memorial Day drivers in North Dakota might be looking at higher gas prices than last year, but it's important to keep things in perspective: Gas is still relatively cheap. "We're seeing gasoline prices about 10 to 15 cents higher than what we saw last year, but last year was a multi-year low (for) Memorial Day," Gene LaDoucer, an AAA spokesman, said of statewide gas prices. He said that despite the higher price than last year, current prices beat long-term averages. "It's something motorists will certainly welcome as they head out on their holiday plans."