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, email@example.com, or by phone, (701) 780-1110.
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GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D.—Shortly after assuming command of the 319th Air Base Wing at Grand Forks Air Force Base from Col. Paul Bauman Wednesday, Col.
PARK RIVER, N.D. -- A fund drive to preserve and improve the movie theater here has met its initial $100,000 goal—just about one year after the theater reopened. The Lyric Continues, which launched its campaign to save the Lyric Theatre in 2013, isn't about to stop now. It's still raising funds to recoup money it lost last year when the equipment supply company it had paid for a new digital projector system filed for bankruptcy before the projector was delivered. "Right now, because of the projector snafu, we're at a $28,000 loss that we're trying to make up for that," said TLC C
MINNEWAUKAN, N.D.-- A Memorial Day incident in which a car had plunged down a 50-foot embankment and caught fire was crucial for the Minnewaukan Fire Department. A passerby had already had pulled the 16-year-old driver to safety by the time the volunteers arrived.
GRAFTON, N.D. -- Life Skills Transition Center here has a new superintendent. Susan Foerster, who has served as assistant superintendent since 2000, on Monday officially replaced the retiring Alex Schweitzer, who also served as superintendent of the North Dakota State Hospital in Jamestown. Foerster joined the LSTC in 1981 and has held various positions, including special education instructor in the school department, program coordinator, and director of residential services. "Susan has been a vital part of the development of person-centered services, community integration and other ef
LAKOTA, N.D. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a proposed $725,000 bank stabilization project at Stump Lake Park near Lakota. The project, sponsored by the Nelson County Park Board, would reshape and armor approximately 1,800 feet of shoreline at Stump Lake Park, located about 12 miles south of Lakota. Stump Lake, which is now part of Devils Lake, has risen about 40 feet in elevation since 1993, with wave action resulting in major erosion along the western shore. The North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Fund is providing $473,000 toward the project.
Hillsboro returns to the polls HILLSBORO, N.D.—Residents here will go to the polls today to decide whether the city will continue to collect half of its current 2 percent city sales tax. Polls are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Main Street Community Center, 21 S. Main St., Hillsboro. It's the second local election in recent weeks.
GRAND FORKS—Spring fest 2015 might well become known as Spring Snooze—at least in the public's eyes. And that just might be all right with University of North Dakota and local law enforcement officials, who were trying to reimage spring fest, an annual festival that largely has been about alcohol consumption. Instead, UND organized sanctioned events, including free food, golf, games, swimming, movies and coffee in what was called "Press Pause." With no alcohol permits available this year at University Park, which has been party headquarters for the annual event, revelers gathe
HILLSBORO, N.D.--When the school bell rings, members of the Hillsboro-Central Valley Burros track team head to the Hillsboro Events Center and the football field to train. But there's no track to welcome them. The sprinters run on the grass field; high jumpers leap in the gym; the hurdlers practice their strides in the gym or on the street; the long jumpers soar through the claustrophobic confines of a hallway connecting the gym to Hillsboro Elementary School. School district and many community members hope to change that soon.
Program will help people with mental illness develop skills to live on their own DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- A transitional living home for people with serious mental illness will open here later this year. The former Movie Gallery building on Sixth Avenue Northeast is being remodeled to accommodate up to eight adults at a time, said Kate Kenna, director of the Lake Region Human Service Center, one of eight regional service centers of the North Dakota Department of Human Services. "This program fills a gap in local services," Kenna said.
LANDA, N.D. -- An 18-year-old Bottineau, N.D., man has been arrested in the shooting deaths Tuesday of two employees of a hog farm in Bottineau County. Jeremy Isaac Rodriguez Rios was charged Wednesday with two counts of murder, both Class AA felonies, in connection with the deaths of Brian James Story, 37, and Christopher Rusk Sluder, 50, according to the probable cause affidavit released by the Bottineau County Sheriff's Department. All three were employees of Turtle Mountain Pork, a commercial hog operation between Landa, N.D., and Souris, N.D.