Andrew Haffner covers county, health and general assignment stories for the Grand Forks Herald. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he studied journalism, political science and international studies. He previously worked at the Dickinson Press.
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KENNEDY, Minn.—Residents of Kennedy in Kittson County experienced a brief water outage around midnight Friday due to a freeze-up in their water tower. Kennedy Mayor Todd Truedson said the town has been able to pull water from the North Kittson Rural Water system to make up for the gap in service from the offline tower. Workers from the rural water system and the city's maintenance crew were inspecting the tower before noon Friday to determine the extent of the freeze.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Be sure to grab your four-leaf clovers, rabbit's feet and horseshoes before heading out today—Friday the 13th is upon us. The ill-fated date has rolled around the calendar once again, leaving the more superstitious among us in a state of hypervigilance on the lookout for black cats and broken mirrors. For some, the fear of a day that has come to be associated with the hockey-masked Jason Voorhees has inspired a far more terrifying name—the unpronounceable paraskevidekatriaphobia, or fear of Friday the 13th.
Be sure to grab your four-leaf clovers, rabbit's feet and horseshoes before heading out today—Friday the 13th is upon us. The ill-fated date has rolled around the calendar once again, leaving the more superstitious among us in a state of hypervigilance on the lookout for black cats and broken mirrors. For some, the fear of a day that has come to be associated with the hockey-masked Jason Voorhees has inspired a far more terrifying name—the unpronounceable paraskevidekatriaphobia, or fear of Friday the 13th.
A refueling mission will likely not be coming back to the Grand Forks Air Force Base at this time. According to media reports citing U.S. legislators, the U.S. Air Force has given the nod to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey as its top choice to host a fleet of its new KC-46A refueling tankers.
The Grand Forks area could be making their Friday commute in the coldest temperatures yet this winter. National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Kaiser said the next few days could register as "a little deeper into the freeze" than the sustained cold of the past few weeks. By Friday, Kaiser said, low temperatures could hit negative 30 degrees. Up to now, the coldest temperature of the winter was recorded at 21 degrees below zero.
The interim dean of UND's College of Education and Human Development has started the spring semester by stepping into the role in full. Cindy Juntunen, a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Counseling Psychology and Community Services, has been serving as dean in an interim role since last February. Her first official day as dean was Jan. 2. Juntunen, a UND alumna, will serve in the appointed position through the summer of 2018.
Police stand by the decision not to notify the public of the Dec. 22 discovery of a dead body on the Grand Forks Greenway. Grand Forks Police Lt. Derik Zimmel said there was an argument to be made that the public should have been informed of the outdoor discovery of the body of Richard Bumford, 61, but the decision to forgo notice was influenced by a lack of evidence of foul play or public endangerment.
A pair of automobile crashes sent drivers to the hospital early Tuesday morning in Grand Forks. Police responded to the first of two incidents before 7 a.m. at DeMers Avenue and North Washington Street. A report released by investigators stated the driver of a 2010 Hyundai failed to yield to oncoming traffic while turning left into the intersection to head westbound from Washington Street. While doing so, the Hyundai was struck by a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado.
Five residents of northeast North Dakota have submitted their names for consideration to join the State Board of Higher Education.
Motorists might be seeing higher fuel prices today than they paid just a few weeks ago. The average retail cost for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline has increased by more than 5 cents in the past week, coming out to a North Dakota average of about $2.26 per gallon, according to a statewide GasBuddy.com daily survey. At this time last year, the GasBuddy survey indicated the statewide average for a gallon of gas was about $1.85 per gallon.