Grand Forks Herald Editor Steve Wagner can be reached at 701.780.1104 and firstname.lastname@example.org. He joined the Herald in April 2013, and previously worked as editor at the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer and in several roles -- including news director, investigative reporter and crime reporter - at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. His reporting experience includes coverage of Dru Sjodin's disappearance and the federal death penalty case for her murderer, Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., along with several investigative projects. In his spare time, Wagner is an avid runner and occasionally writes about his experiences on his blog, Addicted to Running.
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie's blunt talk has long been one of his hallmarks. But Christie, who has verbally tangled with many, showed Wednesday he's willing to aim his barbs at the highest echelons of his own party. In a State House news conference, Christie blasted Republican U.S. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio for delaying a vote on a $60 billion aid package for Superstorm Sandy recovery. "Do your job and come through for the people of this country," Christie pointedly said about Boehner.
BEMIDJI - The Minnesota Department of Transportation issued an advisory to travelers in northwest Minnesota due to icy roads. In a news release, travelers are urges to be "extremely cautious" today due to light freezing rain and snow. Motorists should remember to: - Drive slowly on bridges, overpasses and tunnels. - Use a safe speed for winter driving conditions, regardless of the posted speed limit. - Keep a safe stopping distance from the vehicle in front of you.
BEMIDJI – A banner year may be in store for the George W. Neilson Convention Center at the Sanford Center.
BEMIDJI – Changing landscapes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charles Durning grew up in poverty, lost five of his nine siblings to disease, barely lived through D-Day and was taken prisoner at the Battle of the Bulge. His hard life and wartime trauma provided the basis for a prolific 50-year career as a consummate Oscar-nominated character actor, playing everyone from a Nazi colonel to the pope to Dustin Hoffman's would-be suitor in "Tootsie."
BEMIDJI – For the volunteers who help put on the annual Bemidji Community Christmas meal, the event is more than just feeding the masses. It’s about sharing a place to gather for fellowship and camaraderie during the holidays. “It’s really enjoyable for everybody that comes, even the volunteers,” said Marci Plemel, one of the organizers for this year’s meal.
BEMIDJI – Two years ago, while vacationing at Christmas time, someone broke into Arlin Melgaard’s home. The bandit made off with nearly everything he and his wife, Wanda, owned: a car parked in the garage, the 2001 retirement gift containing his military medals and badges, the longtime musician’s electric guitars, even canned goods and coffee filters stored in the cupboard. Over time, the couple had replaced most items, but one piece of his past couldn’t be replaced easily – the shadow box commemorating Melgaard’s Army and reservist career.
MINNEAPOLIS – A Native Mob member pleaded guilty Friday to killing a fellow gang member, bringing to 20 the number of defendants convicted in a violent regional network. Shaun Michael Martinez, also known as Tinez, agreed to a plea arrangement with prosecutors to a term of 43 years, although a federal judge will have final say in a hearing on the length of sentence. A date for the hearing has not been set.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy added 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008. The government said Superstorm Sandy had only a minimal effect on the figures. The Labor Department's report Friday offered a mixed picture of the economy. Hiring remained steady during the storm and in the face of looming tax increases. But the government said employers added 49,000 fewer jobs in October and September than it initially estimated.