Kevin Bonham covers news from northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota 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 nearly 30 years.
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GRAND FORKS, N.D.
Mediation set in Griggs County Courthouse dispute.
Freight trains get higher speed limits through Devils Lake.
MAYVILLE, N.D. -- Traill County -- halfway between Fargo and Grand Forks -- is experiencing growing pains. A recent housing study indicates more than 200 new housing units are needed in the next five years to keep up with population and household growth in Mayville, Hillsboro and other smaller communities. "It kind of confirms what we thought.
COOPERSTOWN, N.D. The Griggs County Commission is attempting to settle a dispute that halted construction last May on the nearly completed $3.5 million Griggs County Courthouse and Emergency Operations Center and also caused all five county commissioners to lose their jobs in a recall election. The County Commission agreed last week to pay the estimated $142,362 balance it figures it owes to Grand Forks-based Construction Engineers for the emergency operations portion of the Cooperstown project. "We approved paying the outstanding balance," Commission Chairman Troy Olson said.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Grand Forks lost a Pearl Harbor survivor over the weekend. Ninety-nine-year-old Agnes Shurr, a U.S. Navy nurse who treated the injured during the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, died Saturday at Valley Memorial Home Eldercare in Grand Forks. Shurr was born Oct. 1, 1915, the second of five children, and raised on a farm near Glenburn in north-central North Dakota. She attended St. Joseph's School of Nursing in Minot and, in 1938, joined the Navy. On Dec.
CAVALIER, N.D. -- It seems Revel Sapa doesn't know when or how to stop helping others. Just ask John Bergman, a Hoople, N.D., resident who had a liver transplant eight years ago. He said it was Sapa, a Cavalier, N.D., woman who works with Options Resource Center for Independent Living, who helped him through the ordeal, helping him find the medical care he needed. "She works relentless hours to see that someone can be helped in their hour of need," Bergman said. "It seems she can always find an answer. My transplant was eight years ago and she's still at it.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A new electronic book, written by retired Grand Forks Herald publisher Mike Jacobs, examines present-day North Dakota and explores the challenges that lie ahead for the state. The book, "A Birthday Inquiry: North Dakota at 125: A collection of essays," is available only in electronic format and can be found at Amazon.com.
North Dakota Department of Emergency Services approves more funds for the Griggs County courthouse/emergency operations center.
Meeting in the middle COOPERSTOWN, N.D. -- Griggs County will go to mediation with a Grand Forks contractor to settle a seven-month-old dispute over $600,000 in unpaid bills plus interest. Construction Engineers, the general contractor, claims the county owes for construction of the still-vacant Griggs County Courthouse/Emergency Operations Center.