The Finley Cafe, the only restaurant in the Steele County, N.D., seat of 515, closed Tuesday. The cafe, located in the Town and Country Co-op, has been a community-private venture for the past several years.
A North Dakota man is accused of using text messages and Facebook postings to try to attract a 15-year-old Illinois girl for sex. North Dakota authorities arrested Brandon Murch, of Finley, on Tuesday.
Some pet rabbits warned a Finley woman and man about a garage fire that damaged their home. The rabbits were kept in the garage. Steele County Sheriff Wayne Beckman says Tracy Jacobson noticed the fire after she heard the rabbits making noise early Thursday.
Upon arriving for work Monday, I braced myself. The reason was that Saturday’s Herald included my story about a Grafton, N.D., man who has been on 11 big game hunts in Africa. Since trophy hunting can be an emotional issue, I anticipated calls, mail and emails from critics and defenders. As expected, hordes of readers filled my various inboxes. But they weren’t reacting to the story about the 40-plus animal mounts. Instead, they were seeking details about the winning recipe at Saturday’s tater tot hotdish contest in Finley, N.D.
Lisa Jacobson’s tater tot legend grew larger here Saturday. For the third time in its five years, the Luverne, N.D., woman won the highly coveted tater tot hotdish crown at The Press Box tavern’s annual contest.
Long-time editor Neil O. Nelson is back in the saddle at the Hillsboro (N.D.) Banner after a change of ownership. He was editor at the Banner for a dozen years until being let go in April. Kelly Ink in Lisbon, which owns several other papers in the state sold it Friday to a partnership called Sub-Zero Press of Hillsboro, which brought Nelson back.
A vote on whether to double the city sales tax in Finley, N.D., has been rescheduled for Jan. 17. City officials were unable to find enough election workers and had to postpone the election. The ballot asks to increase the local sales tax to 2 percent.
Flatland Publishing Inc., publisher of the Steele County Press in Finley, and the Griggs County Courier in Cooperstown, has been sold to New Century Press Inc., a publishing company based in Rock Rapids, Iowa.
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