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News Briefs: Suspect arrested in airport bomb threat

Editor's note: The following is a collection of news briefs from Forum Communication Company newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota. NORTH DAKOTA Suspect arrested in airport bomb threat GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Grand Forks police have arrested a ma...

Editor's note: The following is a collection of news briefs from Forum Communication Company newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota.

NORTH DAKOTA

Suspect arrested in airport bomb threat

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Grand Forks police have arrested a man suspected of making a bomb threat against Grand Forks International Airport in September.

Brady Fincher, 23, of Grand Forks, is charged with terrorizing. He was already in custody at the county jail, charged with theft and driving with a suspended license.

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The airport evacuated its terminal after receiving the threat at about 9:40 a.m. Sept. 12.

Fincher is not believed to be connected to the bomb threat made Sept. 11 against Hector International Airport in Fargo.

Man guilty of burglarizing post office

FARGO -- A St. Michael man pleaded guilty last week in U.S. District Court in Fargo to burglarizing a post office and conspiring to commit bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon said Friday.

Robert Redroad Jr., 41, broke into the Tokio post office on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation, stole a U.S. Treasury check made out to someone else, forged the signature and asked another person to cash it at a bank in Moorhead, Minn., in September.

Burglarizing a post office has a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Conspiring to commit bank fraud has a maximum penalty of 30 years.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 12.

MINNESOTA

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Entrepreneur Kraft part of hall of fame's first class

PARK RAPIDS, Minn. -- Park Rapids entrepreneur Lorelei Kraft is among the first 25 women inducted into the Minnesota Women Business Owners Hall of Fame, receiving the award Thursday in Wayzata.

Gae Veit of Shingobee Builders, a commercial construction and development company, is the only other northern Minnesota woman to achieve the honor. She resides near Akeley.

The honor was established by the National Association of Women Business Owners of Minnesota to recognize the state's "most successful female entrepreneurs and advocates who have made significant and enduring contributions to women's entrepreneurial development in Minnesota."

Kraft was the mastermind behind Candle Enterprises and created the idea for the Village of the Smoky Hills in Osage. Kraft estimates that her businesses impacted the region by adding $53 million in revenue, employing 600 and drawing a half-million visitors to the Park Rapids area.

A documentary co-produced by Kraft debuted at Thursday's induction ceremony, showcasing the women "who built bridges, owned banks and started businesses in their kitchens and garages."

Former sailor awarded for mountain rescue

KARLSTAD, Minn. -- A native of Karlstad recently received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his heroism while on leave in Japan in December 2011.

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Corey Baughman, 38, was awarded the medal April 17 in Denver.

Now retired from the Navy, Baughman was on leave in Japan in late 2011, climbing Mount Fuji, when he rescued another climber who had fallen 600 meters from the mountain's summit. After administering first aid, Baughman and three other climbers carried the semi-conscious man down the steep and icy slope to a location accessible by a helicopter, according to a news release by the Navy.

The medal is awarded to members of the Navy or Marine Corps who have distinguished themselves by heroism not involving conflict with the enemy.

Baughman served nine years in the Navy as an explosive ordnance disposal technician, being deployed twice in support of operations in Iraq before he was honorably discharged in February 2012.

"This is a very unexpected honor," Baughman said in a news release. "It is its own reward when you find yourself in a position to do something worthwhile and you are able to do it. I would like to share the honor of this award with the courageous people I served with, particularly those who paid with their lives and limbs."

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