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L.A. stuffed animals company owners to be sentenced in drug scheme

January 31, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Federal prosecutors said the toy company served as a financial conduit for the drug cartels in a scheme commonly known as the black market peso exchange. The scam allows middlemen to handle transactions between drug dealers and others who want to buy U.S. dollars outside the legitimate banking system to avoid taxes and import fees.
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Deported ‘illegal immigrant’ teen headed back to Texas

January 6, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The girl’s family has questioned why U.S. officials didn’t do more to verify her identify. U.S. immigration officials have said they were investigating, but insist they followed procedure and found nothing to indicate that the girl wasn’t as she claimed a woman from Colombia illegally living in the U.S. Continue Reading

Longing for family

October 17, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

Kolander, settled in U.S., has Colombian homeland in thoughts often
WORTHINGTON For 31 years, Jaidy Kolander has lived in the United States.
Every day over the course of all those years, she has thought about her homeland and who and what she has left behind. Continue Reading

TAG-TEAM FISHING: Wrangling with white sturgeon on the Columbia River

July 24, 2011 in DL-Online

It’s the first morning of a two-day fishing trip for white sturgeon on the Columbia River near Portland, Ore., and we’re here, five of us, watching a massive fish clear the water surrounded by some of the most beautiful country imaginable. Continue Reading

Papers shed light on anti-war activist probe in Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois

May 18, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Since September, 23 people in Minneapolis, Chicago and Grand Rapids, Mich., have been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury in Illinois. Authorities haven’t revealed the targets of the investigation or its exact nature, other than to say it involves activities concerning the material support of terrorism. No one has been charged, and activists say none of them have testified before the grand jury. Continue Reading

Doctor: Canadian woman stranded for weeks in Nevada mountains nearly died

May 9, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Alone in the rugged and isolated country, Rita Chretien survived on just water and the snacks they carried for a road trip, but family members and doctors agree that she faced the prospect of death had she not been found.
“We got the biggest miracle we could ever ask for,” her son, Raymond Chretien, said Sunday. Continue Reading

Grandstrand joins Press

August 4, 2010 in The Dickinson Press

Katherine Grandstrand is assisting in keeping The Dickinson Press design fresh and stories interesting. She joined The Press editorial staff as a copy editor Tuesday.
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