Local high school football fans may want to attend today's Dakota Bowl at the Alerus Center because it's going to be until at least 2021 — and likely longer — before the state championship games return to Grand Forks. The Fargodome is slated to be the home for the title games for North Dakota's four high school classes over the next six years, after alternating years with the Alerus, which opened in 2001. It's all about the money, said Matt Fetsch, the executive director of the North Dakota High School Activities Association. He said the 2013 Dakota Bowl in Fargo showed a pr
LARIMORE, N.D. — Larimore’s defense supplied two points directly and delivered the other 15 on a silver platter Saturday as the Polar Bears stunned Carrington 17-6 in the Class A football state quarterfinals. It was fitting that the Polar Bears capped their afternoon with a safety as a reward for a defense that also forced five turnovers.
GRAND FORKS — A decline in Amtrak riders on the Empire Builder can be blamed on Burlington Northern Santa Fe, an Amtrak spokesman said. From October through March, Empire Builder ridership was down 15 percent compared with the same period a year earlier, said Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari.
THOMPSON, N.D. — Jessica Eliason ran her first marathon last June. “It was a bucket-list thing,” she said. “I just wanted to run one while I was still in half-decent shape.” Make that two. The 31-year-old will run in Monday’s Boston Marathon. This time, the race comes with a higher calling. She won’t run the 26-plus miles to add to her list of accomplishments.
GRAND FORKS — Matt Heisler was a jokester, a cut-up, a tease. No one, especially those he cared about most, were spared. Faking an empty gas tank, he made little sister Casey push his car up the driveway. Not even his grandmother was immune, as he heckled her about not putting enough miles on her treadmill. But, behind that wisecracking exterior was a softy, a sentimentalist. Evidence of both sides of his personality was documented in a framed essay written five years ago by Casey, when she was 12 and he was 16.
GRAND FORKS — Mohammad Hussain took care of the soldiers from the Grand Forks-based National Guard unit when they deployed to Afghanistan for a year, serving as their interpreter and guide to country’s culture. Eight years later, they’re taking care of him. Hussain and his wife, Raihana, are settling into a new, safer life in Grand Forks, mostly through the efforts of Capt. Dawn Holm, a 44-year-old Hallock, Minn., resident who was a volunteer medic with the 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment in Afghanistan. “He was hired as an interpreter, but he also helped us at the clinic,” Holm said.
GRAND FORKS — The most coveted state high school tournament in North Dakota — at least from an economic perspective — is in Grand Forks this week. The community should savor it because it will be awhile before it returns. It’s the State Class B Boys Basketball Tournament, which draws the biggest crowds of all North Dakota High School Activities Association events. Play at the Alerus Center begins at 1 p.m.
GRAND FORKS — Grand Forks Police Department personnel know from personal experience that phone scams continue to be a problem. “We haven’t received an uptick of reports from citizens lately, but our work cellphones here are getting a workout,” said Lt. Jim Remer, department spokesman. “We’re getting a lot of calls with caller IDs from Barbados and Antigua. We’re just ignoring them or blocking them.
GRAND FORKS — Reggie Tarr is thankful that his father, Moses, won’t have to endure the travel and time that it took him to become a U.S. citizen. To complete the process of becoming a citizen, Reggie needed to make six trips to Fargo. But his father and other local refugees won’t have to experience the same burden, since complete immigration services in Grand Forks became available in November for the first time. “With the services here in Grand Forks, it will save money and time and everything,” Tarr said.
By Ryan Bakken Forum News Service DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Despite efforts of firefighters working in wind chills falling to 56 below zero, the Dakota Dry Bean elevator here is a total loss. Dakota Dry Bean owner Dave Polries of Grand Forks said the loss was $1 million — $600,000 for the elevator and its equipment and $400,000 for the 100,000 bushels of pea byproducts inside. Polries bought the elevator in 2004, when it was a Peavey elevator. The cause of the fire, spotted by a police officer at 8:07 p.m. Sunday, has not been determined.