‘More to it’ – Grand Forks Community grapples with realities of fentanyl

Noye’s relatives took him to Chili’s, where he ate ribs, one of his favorites, as his “last meal.” That night, his aunt, Jill Cormier, stayed up late talking with Noye.

But there was a “lingering cloud” hovering over them, Cormier said.

The next day, Jan. 29, the family woke up and drove to the federal prison in Milan, Mich., where the three said their goodbyes and Noye, 19, surrendered himself into federal custody.

“I told him I would do anything to take his spot because I am just as guilty,” she said of their meeting nearly two months ago.

Jill Cormier

Cormier didn’t hold the drugs herself, distribute or ingest them. But “just like the police officer, the counselor, the teacher, the church member, we all knew it was happening.”

Noye, along with several others, pleaded guilty to a role in an international drug ring that bought and sold

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US reassesses Columbus Day, Native American plight in focus

The ceremony will begin the final day of a weekend “powwow” on Randall’s Island in New York’s East River, an event that features traditional dancing, story-telling and art.

The Redhawk Native American Arts Council’s powwow is both a celebration of Native American culture and an unmistakable counterpoint to the parade, which many detractors say honors a man who symbolizes centuries of oppression of aboriginal people by Europeans.

Organizers hope to call attention to issues of social and economic injustice that have dogged Native Americans since Christopher Columbus led his path-finding expedition to the “New World” in 1492.

The powwow has been held for the past 20 years but never on Columbus Day. It is part of a drive by Native Americans and their supporters throughout the country, who are trying to rebrand Columbus Day as a holiday that honors indigenous people, rather than their European conquerors. Their efforts have been successful in several U.S. cities this year.

“The fact that America would honor this

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UND FOOTBALL: Portland State matchup will be played in Hillsboro, Ore.

The undefeated Vikings are ranked No. 16 in the latest FCS poll and UND (3-1 overall) has an opportunity to crack into that Top 25 with a win on the road.

But this marquee matchup won’t exactly be played under the bright lights.

UND and Portland State will play at 4:05 p.m. Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium in Hillsboro, Ore., a suburb west of Portland.

Hillsboro Stadium, with a capacity of 7,000, hosts PSU soccer matches, as well as high school events throughout the year. The football field is surrounded by baseball and softball fields, too.

The facility, with artificial turf, has stadium seating on one side, with mobile bleachers elsewhere.

The Vikings typically play at Providence Park, but the school shares the stadium with the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer. A scheduling conflict resulted in the game being moved to Hillsboro.

“We’ve looked into it and talked to

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Kim Fink, longtime UND art professor, to retire at semester’s end

But inside, it’s bursting with the treasures accumulated over a decades-long career. Near the doorway are file drawers nearly as tall as he is, stuffed with work done or half-finished by him and his colleagues; around the corner, masks from his collection silently watch over the room.

Near the back of the studio is what looks to be the studio centerpiece: a long, flat table adorned with a pulley and belt and what looks to be the captain’s wheel of a tall ship. It’s a 19th century lithography

press, one of only six like it in the country; Fink said he’s heard this one came through Nazi-occupied Paris.

Kim Fink turns the star wheel moving the pressure bar over the paper on a Brisset Star Wheel lithography press. None of it will be here for much longer, though. Fink, 64, has taught art and printmaking at UND

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Moorhead medical marijuana dispensary opening delayed

Moorhead was designated as one of eight locations for dispensaries of medical marijuana under a new Minnesota law that allows controlled use of the drug for certain qualified diseases, such as cancer, glaucoma, epilepsy or multiple sclerosis.

After a planned August opening for the Moorhead center passed, a MinnMed spokesman said as recently as Tuesday that a fall opening was planned.

But the company’s executive team decided Wednesday to delay the opening of the Moorhead dispensary and one in the western suburbs of the Twin Cities until spring.

“At a point where patient numbers in this new program remain modest, we need to control costs in order to keep medication prices as affordable as possible for our patients,” Dr. Kyle Kingsley, chief executive officer of Minnesota Medical Solutions, said in a statement.

“In the larger scheme of things, this is a relatively brief delay, and we will still have

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UND FOOTBALL NOTES: Key injuries mar upset victory over Portland State

UND played all of the second half without true freshman running back Iwarri Smith, who was hit hard and fumbled late in the first half.

UND safety Cole Reyes might be the most concerning injury. Already thin in the secondary, Reyes, who had eight tackles, sat out all but one series of the second half with an apparent leg injury.

Starting left guard Brandon Anderson missed plenty of time with an injury, so did inside linebacker Taj Rich.

“When you have those guys go down, they’re some of the top guys on our team, but the next guy has to pop up and get right back in it and play our game,” UND quarterback Keaton Studsrud said.

It wasn’t clear Saturday night how severe any of the injuries were that took place against PSU.

“We got a little nicked up today,” Schweigert said. “But we played a lot of

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Oregon gunman may have killed more if not for hero student

A day after a rampage that ended with 10 people dead, including the gunman, and nine wounded at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, authorities sought a motive for this year’s bloodiest mass shooting in the United States, where such massacres have grown all too common.

As further details of the Roseburg shooting emerged, a former girlfriend of one of the wounded survivors, a U.S. military veteran, revealed that his heroism in confronting the shooter may have saved others from being killed.

The state medical examiner on Friday confirmed that the assailant, shot dead by police, had been identified as Christopher Harper-Mercer, 26, and that he was enrolled in the writing class where Thursday’s carnage unfolded.

The gunman carried six guns, body armor and five magazines of bullets with him to campus. Seven more firearms were found with a stockpile of ammunition at the apartment he shared with his mother just outside Roseburg, a

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Oregon man pleads guilty for ‘integral role’ in Grand Forks fentanyl deaths

Brandon Corde Hubbard, 41, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances resulting in serious bodily injury and death, distribution of a controlled substance resulting in death and money laundering.

Hubbard entered the plea as part of an agreement, filed Dec. 21, in which he admitted his role in selling the drug that led to the overdose deaths of 18-year-old Bailey Henke and 19-year-old Evan Poitra in Grand Forks. Both died after taking fentanyl citrate, a synthetic opioid 80 to 100 times more potent than morphine.

Hubbard faces two life sentences on the first two counts, but through the plea agreement, prosecutors would recommend a lesser sentence. However, Hubbard’s first two counts also carry a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison.

During Monday’s court hearing, Judge Ralph Erickson explained Hubbard must be sentenced to at least 20 years in prison unless the prosecution asks the judge for a lesser sentence.

Hubbard accepted

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UND FOOTBALL: UND seeks quality air time

For UND, though, PSU’s run defense already is well known. In three Division I meetings, PSU is holding UND to 66.0 yards per game on the ground.

That means when the two teams meet in a key Big Sky Conference game at 4:05 p.m. Saturday in Hillsboro, Ore., UND wants to be sharp in its passing game to hopefully make a dent in the Vikings’ defense.

In 2012, PSU gave up 107 rushing yards to UND on 35 rushes. In 2013, UND rushed 34 times for 50 yards. In 2014, UND ran for 41 yards on 33 attempts.

So, with PSU returning eight starters on defense, UND expects a similar battle as last year, when UND won 24-16 with the help of a last-minute defensive stand.

“If they take the run away, you have to throw the football,” UND coach Bubba Schweigert said. “We have to be more efficient

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VIDEO: Accused drug trafficker charged in connection with Grand Forks fentanyl overdose death

Officials on Tuesday unsealed the indictment of Daniel Vivas Ceron, 34, which alleges the Colombian was the leader of a drug ring he allegedly operated while incarcerated in a medium-security prison in Quebec.

He was taken into custody on July 17 in Panama City by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Panamanian authorities and is awaiting extradition to the U.S. to face drug conspiracy charges, Chris Myers, the acting U.S. attorney for the District of North Dakota, said at a press conference Tuesday morning.

Vivas Ceron is the first known non-U.S. citizen to be indicted as a result of the seven-month probe—dubbed Operation Denial—that sprang from the death of 18-year-old Bailey Henke of Grand Forks, who overdosed on fentanyl citrate, a synthetic opioid 80 to 100 times more potent than morphine, in January.

“We want to try to deny drug traffickers from touching our youth,” said Myers in explanation

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