STEPHEN, Minn. — Maynard Peterson has been a collector his entire life. He collects a variety of things and will go anywhere to get them. On a trip to New Mexico to see a few friends, Maynard added something to his collection unlike anything other item — a 4 to 5-foot tall Sinclair dinosaur. “I brought (the dino) home in my pickup truck. I got a lot of funny looks. It’s head was over the cab (and its) tail was out the back,” said Peterson.
Although Grand Forks saw some muggy weather just before the big storm in July, the National Weather Service said the month was still cooler than usual.
Grand Forks and East Grand Forks emergency responders are looking for some cars to practice on. East Grand Forks Fire Chief Gary Larson said responders sometimes have to extricate victims of traffic accidents from their vehicles. “It doesn’t happen every day,” he said, but responders still need to prepare for it. The Grand Forks Fire Department usually gets three or four donations a year, said Dave Manthei, a training officer with the department.
Tucked back into the corner of Main Street North is a place that’ll take you back more than 60 years. Decorated from floor to ceiling in Coca-Cola, Marilyn Monroe and Betty Boop memorabilia is one of the cities only restaurants, Twins Rockin’ 50’s Cafe.
Grand Forks Air Force Base is the sixth best base for airmen, according to the Air Force Times newspaper. That’s out of 68 bases around the country, ranked by hundreds of statistics such as school quality, cost of living, housing costs and other factors.
With pressure already on BNSF Railway to put a stop to delays to grain shipments in North Dakota, attention now shifts to Canadian Pacific Railway. Last Tuesday U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., recently sent a letter to CP urging the company to release more information on the delays in 2013 along with its plan to meet harvest demands this year. “I will tell you that we also have had a lot of conversations with the Surface Transportation Board,” she said recently, referring to the regulatory body that oversees railroads.
When Mary Petz, a pipeline worker from Oregon, pulled into The Grand Forks Campground southwest of town in early May, she didn’t expect to have to park her trailer in 10 inches of water. Nor did she expect to step out her door and smell the strong odor of sewage. “I asked them to come either pump the water out or put some gravel down so it wouldn’t be so muddy and they said they’d come out here and do it but they never did,” said Petz.
It’s the hottest week of 2014 and Hilda Garza and David Ewens are working out in the sun wearing pants and sweatshirts in a soybean field near East Grand Forks. “I like the weather here, it’s a lot fresher here than Texas,” said Garza, a migrant worker for Dow AgroSciences. She and other workers wear pants, sweaters, scarves and hats to prevent skin damage. Garza and Ewens are just two of nine workers punching holes in soybean leaves.
Dakota Resource Council members will hold a protest at 3:30 p.m. today in both Emerado, N.D., and at the Amtrak station on DeMers Avenue in Grand Forks.
Grand Forks Public Health’s mosquito control workers may have stopped the majority of nuisance mosquitoes, but Supervisor Todd Hanson said they are seeing an increase in culex tarsalis, the mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus. According to Hanson, seeing culex tarsalis in areas west of the Mississippi River is not unusual. He said these mosquitoes tend to show up in traps in late June, but the population’s peak is at the end of July.