Giuseppe’s Italian Ristorante in downtown Grand Forks will likely not reopen, or at least not in any form that patrons would recognize, owner Jeff Tellmann said. The eatery has been closed for six months since a sale in January went sour. “It currently sits as a turnkey restaurant that could be purchased by anyone and turned into anything, but Giuseppe's as it was no longer exists,” Tellmann said.
The West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes in the Grand Forks area, officials announced Tuesday. The Grand Forks Public Health Department regularly monitors for instances of West Nile virus, and the disease has been present in the area every year since 2002. "We know West Nile virus is here and it's just a matter of time before we find it, so it's not surprising," Todd Hanson of the Health Department said. "The Dakotas probably have the highest cases of West Nile virus activity in the country."
Of Grand Forks' eligible voters, 15.82 percent turned out to the polls June 12 for Tuesdya's primary election, according to data from the North Dakota Secretary of State's Office. For a primary in a non-presidential election year, this was high for the county. In 2014, only 8.4 percent of citizens 18 or older participated in the primary election, and in 2010 only 12.94 percent participated. North Dakota's overall turnout was 19.66 percent. While down from 2016's 24.51 percent, this year was up from the last non-presidential primary in 2014, which had a 17.18 percent turnout.
Jim Davis doesn't think he has a "North Dakota" accent. "Most people in North Dakota don't believe we have an accent," Davis said. "I'm sure we do to another part of the country." The Upper Midwest regional accent was famously launched to national consciousness by the over-the-top Hollywood rendition featured in the movie "Fargo." Davis, who works in the North Dakota State Archives, said that he doesn't think the North Dakota dialect is distinct from most of the Midwest.
Builders across North Dakota are facing a problem: there's plenty of potential work, but few workers. According to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America, from April 2017 to April 2018, North Dakota lost the highest total and percentage of construction jobs—4,900 jobs or 17 percent—out of all 50 states.
Bard Ludvig Thorheim, political adviser to Norway's minister of foreign affairs, expected his recent trip through the Midwest to be informative and productive, but he did not expect to find home. Nevertheless, he discovered the spirit of Norway lived on in the residents of the "Norwegian-American heartland."
May brought record high temperatures to Grand Forks, which might have come as a surprise to residents after a particularly chilly April. The average temperature was 62.2 degrees, 6.4 degrees above normal, observed from the National Weather Service office near the UND campus. This was the fifth warmest May on record, with record-breaking temperatures in the low 90s on May 24, 25 and 26. Out of 31 days in the month, 25 had above-average high temperatures.
Those looking to move to East Grand Forks now are allowed to take advantage of federally insured loans, but they might not have the chance due to rising costs in housing. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reclassified parts of Minnesota for its rural development loans for homebuyers, making East Grand Forks eligible as of Monday, June 4. There are no loan or acreage limits for this program, but eligibility is based on income.
This spring, a proposal to build six 24-unit apartment buildings on a piece of undeveloped land near King's Walk Golf Course caused consternation among residents of a nearby neighborhood. When a campaign led by former UND hockey player Brandon Bochenski to stop the proposal was proving unsuccessful, Bochenski bought the land, effectively ending the argument.
All seven of the candidates for Grand Forks County Sheriff were given a voice at a Thursday night forum hosted by the Grand Forks Farmers Union, addressing hot-button topics such as the opioid crisis and school safety. The candidates, former Sheriff's Deputy Mike Lee, Grand Forks Police Detective Darin Johnson; Sheriff's Office Cpl. Chris Hutton; Sheriff's Office Lt. B.J. Maxson; Grand Forks Police Deputy Chief Jim Remer; Sheriff's Office Sgt. Andy Schneider; and UND Police Lt. Danny Weigel, spoke in a randomly selected order.