While a new school already is nearing completion, ground officially was broken Monday for New Minnewaukan, N.D., a development being built to move a portion of the community out of reach of the chronically flooding Devils Lake.
Authorities today identified a 43-year-old Maddock, N.D., man who was killed early Wednesday in a one-car accident in Benson County. The North Dakota Highway Patrol said Willard Westad was driving a 1997 Jeep Cherokee southbound on U.S. Highway 281.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has set aside more than $4.8 million to relocate 18 structures and acquire 57 others threatened by flooding in Minnewaukan, N.D., the state’s congressional delegation said Wednesday.
Jean Callahan strolls through the still unfinished Minnewaukan Public School, past bare block walls, dangling ductwork and exposed electrical conduit. The school includes three wings, one for primary (pre-kindergarten to early elementary), one for upper elementary classes, and one for the high school, classrooms in each wing connected by its own commons area. The new $7 million building will replace an aging, overcrowded school on the east side of Minnewaukan, a facility that’s been threatened for several years by the flooding Devils Lake, referred to by some in this community as the “Beast to the East.”
The community of Minnewaukan, N.D., remains under a “boil-water” order after a water line broke last week. The order likely will remain until at least Wednesday, according to Allan Nord, fire chief and City Council member.
The flood-threatened community of Minnewaukan, N.D., soon will have a local grocery store and gas station for the first time in seven months. Spirit Water Grocery and Gas also will include a café when it opens Saturday, according to Joanna Potts, business manager for Delorme Enterprises, which owns the new business as well as Spirit Water Inn Resort in Minnewaukan.
A Minnewaukan, N.D., man was sentenced to a 7-year prison term Wednesday for molesting a 14-year old girl. Ivan Lee Aabrekke, 64, was sentenced to 20 years total for gross sexual imposition, but will have 13 years suspended for 10 years after his release.
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