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Staff report, Published June 17 2009

Grand Forks woman gets two years in prison for endangering children with fire caused by meth production

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - A woman has been sentenced to 2 years in prison on drug and child endangerment charges stemming from a fire last November that destroyed the duplex where she and her children lived.

Roxanne Halvorson told Judge Sonja Clapp at Tuesday's sentencing that she is sorry for what happened and said, ``I just want to make it right.'

Authorities said the 38-year-old Halvorson let her nephew, Derik Ostlund, and his girlfriend, Candy Reed, into her Grand Forks apartment last Nov. 15 to cook and smoke methamphetamine. A cigarette apparently ignited chemicals involved in making the meth.

No one was seriously hurt in the fire, but nine people were left homeless.

Reed was sentenced to four years in prison and Ostlund was ordered to serve three years.

The Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald and The Forum are both owned by Forum Communications Co.