Christopher Bjorke is the content editor for the Grand Forks Herald. He first worked for the Herald in 1997 and most recently since 2011. His jobs at the Herald have included covering local government, state politics, business and economics, and the health care industry.
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GRAND FORKS—The president and CEO of Hugo's has received national recognition for her role leading the regional grocery chain. Kristi Magnuson Nelson was named woman of the year by the Women Grocers of America at a meeting of the National Grocers Association this month in Las Vegas. Hugo's employs about 1,400 workers at stores in Grand Forks, Grafton and Jamestown in North Dakota and East Grand Forks, Crookston, Thief River Falls and Park Rapids in Minnesota.
OKLEE, Minn.—A 41-year-old Minnesota man was arrested Friday afternoon in connection to a cache of pipe bombs found on a rural property in northwest Minnesota last weekend. Officers with the Red Lake and Pennington County sheriff's offices and the regional drug task force arrested Eric James Reinbold at his residence north of Oklee, and he was taken to the Pennington County jail, according to a news release from Red Lake County. He faces charges of felony possession of explosives and violation of a probation agreement, the statement from the Sheriff's Office said.
FERTILE, Minn.—A Polk County man has been charged with second-degree attempted murder for shooting an airplane flying over his property last week, according to court documents. Chad Lynndell Olson, 51, was charged Thursday in Polk County District for allegedly shooting a Cessna small aircraft with a high-powered rifle from his property on Highway 32 northeast of the Fertile airfield on Oct. 6. Olson has a history of making threats and shooting at planes flying over his home, according to a criminal complaint against him.
GRAND FORKS—An early evening storm produced tornadoes and large hail but no widespread damage reports as it moved through eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota Tuesday. A large multi-vortex tornado was spotted in the Mayville, N.D., area in Traill County where a storm with multiple funnels passed over the area about 7:25 p.m., according to the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks. Another tornado touched down between Adams and Fairdale in Walsh County about 6:45 p.m. Funnel clouds were also spotted near Manvel, N.D., and Buxton, N.D.