Kjersti Johnson’s death at the age of 71 “came very suddenly,” the Hillsboro Banner reported in 1933. Ray Holmberg of Grand Forks, a state senator and retired high school guidance counselor, has heard stories about Kjersti recently from an elderly aunt in Colorado. As he learned about her, he thought about the tragic clash between Dakota Indians and white settlers 150 years ago and how the wound has festered.
Grand Forks Traill Water District is planning a $5 million project to extend rural water service to about 150 new customers in Grand Forks and Traill counties. The rural water district recently received a $3.7 million grant through the North Dakota State Water Commission to provide water to people who now have access only to well water with nitrate and arsenic levels that may exceed state and federal limits.
The Traill County Economic Development Commission began a new marketing campaign Thursday to attract people now struggling in the western North Dakota Oil Patch with a simple message: “Housing. Jobs. Family life.” The three-month campaign is targeting people who are financially affected by the rising cost of living; those who feel at risk and those no longer satisfied with the lifestyle or culture.
The Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation has received a $54,350 grant to complete an extensive study and assessment of agri-business opportunities within Grand Forks, Nelson, Traill and Walsh counties.
A Fargo man set his SUV and himself on fire in front of the Trail County Courthouse. The man climbed out the driver-side window and fell to the ground, then Hillsboro Police Chief Ray Weber threw his coat around him, smothering the flames.
Friends and colleagues remember Steven M. Light, 42 Light, found dead Wednesday night in a rest stop near Hillsboro, N.D., was a prominent criminal defense attorney in Grand Forks and Fargo. He was well known for defending Rodney Chisholm, who convicted of murdering his older brother Donald. He also defended a former psychologist who treated sex offenders at the state mental hospital against child pornography charges.
Despite protests from some neighbors, a Hutterite colony likely will start construction in the spring in southern Traill County.
On Wednesday, the Bohnsack Township Board approved the plans by Hutterite families who are breaking off from a colony near Mitchell, S.D., to form the Spruce Lane Colony.
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