Kevin Bonham covers regional news, mostly from northeast North Dakota, for the Grand Forks Herald. A North Dakota native who grew up in Mandan and Dickinson, he has been a reporter or an editor with the Herald and Forum Communications for more than 30 years. Find his articles at: www.grandforksherald.com. He welcomes story ideas via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone, (701) 780-1110.
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NECHE, N.D.—The elementary school in Neche, a small Pembina County community just south of the Canadian border, is closing this spring. The last day of classes at North Border Neche Elementary School will be May 26. The school has 51 students in K-6 and 13 in Pre-K. The closing is part of a $5.2 million project that will consolidate North Border from three to two schools, located in Pembina and Walhalla, N.D., Superintendent Paul Stremick said. The remodeling is expected to begin right after Memorial Day,
CANDO, N.D. -- Gary Rader was in Saudi Arabia in early December 1990, serving in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm with the North Dakota National Guard's Cando-based 132nd Quartermaster Company, a water purification unit, when his wife, Nancy, gave birth to their daughter, Annie, back home in Towner County Medical Center. The next day, Nancy was back at Cando's National Guard Armory, helping the local family support group prepare a community dinner for families of troops serving overseas.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — A Crookston sunflower seed producer is voluntarily recalling some packaged sunflower kernels after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration linked potential listeria bacteria to the Crookston plant. The products are: — Dakota’s Best Biggy’z Roasted and Salted Sunflower Kernels, 16 oz., Lot No. FEB-11-17C2, with a Best By Date of Feb. 11, 2017;
NIELSVILLE, Minn.--The fate of the Red River's Nielsville Bridge, which has been closed since September, now rests with the federal government. Polk County has applied for a $9 million federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program grant. If approved, the TIGER grant would cover 77.2 percent of the estimated $11.6 million cost to build a new bridge, County Engineer Richard Sanders said.
GRAND FORKS—The national champion University of North Dakota men's hockey team and its 2016 title trophy arrived in Grand Forks at about 3:15 p.m. Sunday, to the boisterous cheers of 300-some fans who braved 38-degree temperatures and 35-mph winds at Grand Forks International Airport.
CAVALIER, N.D. -- Construction is expected to begin in July on the long-awaited $2.3 million Pembina-Walsh Livestock Processing Plant. The meat locker, which will be owned by area producers and other investors, should be operational by February or March of 2017, said Julius Wangler, a Grafton, N.D., livestock producer and board chairman. When it reaches full production, the plant will have an annual capacity to slaughter 1,500 head of cattle, 1,000 hogs, 150 bison, 100 elk, as well as sheep.
GRAND FORKS—Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is taking another step in her efforts to address issues North Dakotans may have with rural mail delivery service. The U.S. senator from North Dakota initiated an online Fix My Mail survey Tuesday. The survey includes six multiple-choice questions, plus a section to share personal stories of challenges North Dakotans have had with their mail delivery and service.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D.—Facing budget issues resulting from a trend toward lower inmate populations, plus increasing regulations, the five-county Lake Region Law Enforcement Center is seeking additional funding sources to help the facility break even financially. The board agreed this week to invite county commissioners, area legislators and other stakeholders to an upcoming meeting, possibly in March.
GRAFTON, N.D.—A community task force is crafting a proposal to convert unused and underused space at the Life Skills and Transition Center into a mixture of public and private uses. Three priorities—housing development, mental and psychiatric health care services, and treatment options for troubled youth—were identified in a recent study, "Building for the Future: Charting a Path Forward for Grafton and the LSTC," prepared by Praxis Strategy Group of Grand Forks.
PARK RIVER, N.D.—Low-income homeowners in Park River may qualify for a potential housing rehabilitation project for owner-occupied houses. The city of Park River and the Red River Regional Council are seeking interested homeowners in the Walsh County community of 1,400. Application deadline is March 1.