Kari Lucin joined the Grand Forks Herald as a multimedia producer in August 2014.
Previously, she worked for a few years at the Jamestown Sun in Jamestown, N.D., as a staff writer, and prior to that, for about six years as staff writer and later online content coordinator, at the Daily Globe in Worthington, Minn.
A graduate of Jackson County Central High School and Augsburg College, she has a bachelor's degree in philosophy and English.
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The second leading cause of lung cancer is an odorless, invisible and radioactive gas that can seep into homes through the soil and kills 21,000 Americans each year -- radon. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated January as National Radon Action Month, during which people should test their homes for radon and learn about the substance. "Sixty-three percent of homes in North Dakota test over the action level (for radon)," said Marcie Bota, environmental health practitioner for Central Valley Health District. "...
No alcohol, food, tobacco or children younger than 12 will be allowed in Jamestown's future dog park, if the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Board of Commissioners approves a proposed list of rules and etiquette it received Monday. "Please do not bring treats or people food with you to the park," the proposed etiquette guide says. "Some dogs can become aggressive over food.
Jamestown Regional Airport saw record boardings for its commercial flights in 2011, with an especially sharp increase over the previous year in December. "These are the best numbers we've seen since 1978," said Matthew Leitner, JRA manager. "We've had just one heck of a year. It's been great." Prior to 1978, flights were tracked differently because they used a trunk-route structure, with planes stopping at multiple airports on a designated route.
You may already have seen the Stutsman County Sheriff's Office's Christmas present driving around town. Then again, the military-issue Humvee it received from North Dakota Surplus Property is still painted in green U.S. Army camouflage. "I charged (its) batteries, filled it with fuel and we've been running her," said Chad Kaiser, Stutsman County sheriff. "It's in great shape." The 2001 Humvee has just 16,000 miles on it. It runs on diesel fuel and it can be fitted with a so-called "snorkel kit" to be driven through high water.
Along with presents and leftovers, many people bring home respiratory ailments from their family Christmases each year. The good news is that the seasonal influenza hasn't been very prevalent in North Dakota so far this year, said Robin Iszler, unit administrator and registered nurse with Central Valley Health District. "I think the weather has certainly helped. People are more able to move about freely," Iszler explained.
While many people stay home for the holidays with family and friends, a host of others hold the fort at work, helping make Christmas a little merrier for the rest. "I almost always work Christmas, because I ask for Thanksgiving off," said Jan Christopherson, a guest host at Gladstone Inn & Suites. Christopherson's house fills up with people for the Thanksgiving feast, so she usually has a quieter Christmas. She worked a 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The layaway angels have arrived in Jamestown, visiting Kmart to anonymously pay for strangers' gifts left in layaway limbo days before the holidays. "I said 'If you know that lady, please call her back and tell her how much I appreciate what she did,'" said Charmaine Jacobs of Jamestown, who had three items on layaway before a benefactor paid for them all Thursday.
The Jamestown Police Department is reminding people to lock their cars, after 53 unlocked vehicles were entered and more than $1,500 worth of items stolen in a single night. Police suspect a group of juveniles to be responsible for the thefts, which occurred in all quadrants of the city Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. "I don't know that we've found all the owners yet," said LeRoy Gross, a detective sergeant with the Jamestown Police Department. The matter is still being investigated, and some victims have probably not come forward yet and may not even realize anything is missing
Author Larry Woiwode brought a little of the Old Country to the Sons of Norway Wergeland Lodge Tuesday during a reading of his new book, "The Invention of Lefse: A Christmas Story." "It was sort of a celebration of my grandmother, who made wonderful lefse," Woiwode said of the book.
The Jamestown Regional Airport Authority got a glimpse of its funding future Wednesday as its members examined the Capital Improvement Plan for North Dakota airports. "If you don't agree with this, you can talk to the (North Dakota) Aeronautics Commission and try to get them to change it," said Steve Aldinger, project engineer with Interstate Engineering, adding it probably wouldn't be easy. The CIP shows how the Aeronautics Commission and the Federal Aviation Administration will allocate federal funds for North Dakota airports from 2012-2014. Jamestown is slated to receive $255,000 for wet