Special Investigation: East Grand Forks – History of Darkness – Culture of Death

Exponent photograph illuminates East Grand Forks Police Department’s dark history – Jim Grabanski

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on November 27, 2015 at 12:25 P.M.

Exponent Retired EGFPD Officers

Write Into Action is investigating public and private statements made by former EGF police officer Jim Grabanski regarding knowledge he claims to have regarding the Daryl Sindermann murder.

On November 26, 2015 Write Into Action reported the Polk County Sheriff’s Office buried four Crime Stopper leads in the Sindermann murder that would have likely brought the case to a conclusion in 1987.

In November, 2014, KVLY-11 reported that Grabanski had information about the identity of the person(s) that murdered Sindermann. “Retired Officer, Jim Grabanski doesn’t plan to let this case remain unsolved,” Neil Carlson reported.

“Though he’s retired, Grabanski says he’ll never stop doing his duty. He now has the statement of a man who claims, he was a witnessed Daryl Sindermann’s murder,” Carlson said.

KVLY never reported the name of the “witness”.

Grabanski has a long history of possessing information about very serious crimes against persons, which he then uses to play games to get attention.

As previously reported by Write Into Action, Grabanski witnessed the near fatal beating of Jon Osowski in the East Grand Forks police station by Sgt. Curt Ellingson, which was covered up by multiple police officers including Lt. Det. Rodney Hajicek.

Grabanski witnessed Ellingson manically beat others, including a mentally handicapped man that was crying for his “mom”.

Grabanski openly admits to knowing about these crimes but refuses to go on the record at the last second; after he gets attention.


On April 25, 2014, an Affidavit of Probable Cause was filed by the Grand Forks Police Department alleging James Edward Grabanski committed the criminal offense of Reckless Endangerment, which is a Class C Felony in the state of North Dakota.

On April 24, 2014, Grabanski discharged his Ruger .40 caliber handgun inside his apartment. The bullet went through the wall into the neighboring apartment.

According to the criminal charge, Grabanski’s actions “created a substantial risk of serious bodily injury or death to his neighbor, Dorothy Schue”.

James in a retired law enforcement officer and has extensive knowledge of firearms. James made no attempt to contact the Police or check the well-being of the resident in #27 after he negligently discharged his firearm,” the Affidavit stated.


KVLY did a two part series on the Daryl Sindermann murder based solely upon statements from Grabanski.

“Tuesday on Valley News Live at six, Officer Grabanski reveals details from that witness, who explains how Sindermann died in a fight, what happened to his body and how all this has been kept a secret for so long. That witness also claims to know the name of a local man responsible for Sindermann’s death, which has also been passed on to investigators,” KVLY reported.

NOTE: The Valley News Live report looks eerily like the information contained in the Crime Stoppers report obtained and published by Write Into Action, which provided the names “Chris Pesche” and “Steve Boushee”.

Although Grabanski appeared on KVLY to create a big stir with the November, 2014, two part report on the Daryl Sindermann murder, basically nothing new was learned by the public whatsoever.

According to KVLY nothing new was learned by the Sheriff’s Office, either.

On December 4, 2015 KVLY reported that they spoke with Sgt. Michael Norland, investigator, PCSO. “Investigators say after interviewing several people, they have not uncovered any new information in the case”.


Write Into Action has also learned from reliable source(s) that Grabanski is presently being professionally treated for mental health issues.


Write Into Action has learned Grabanski is employed by American Crystal Sugar and has told people he is the “chief” of “security”.

One reader contacted Write Into Action concerned that if Grabanski is carrying a firearm at the “beet plant” something bad could happen because Grabanski has been asking odd.

Write Into Action will continue to investigate.



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