Herald Staff Report
For a second time in two weeks, flooding on the Pembina River is impacting travel. The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and the North Dakota Highway Patrol Sunday morning temporarily closed N.D. Highway 18 from County Road 55 to the Canadian border near Neche due to water over the roadway. Motorists are required to use an alternate route until the closure is lifted.
The following represents March 31-April 6 votes of Grand Forks lawmakers at the North Dakota Legislature, underway in Bismarck. Not all bills are represented, and especially those that pass or fail with near-unanimous votes.
Taylor Reilly spends a lot of time jumping over bars in the spring. The Drayton/Valley-Edinburg junior is an outstanding all-around athlete. She was an all-region pick in both volleyball and basketball this school year. But Reilly has made her biggest mark in athletics in track with her skills in the pole vault. Reilly opened this track season by clearing 8 feet, 6 inches to win the event at the Pembina County Indoor meet. She also competes in the high jump, as well as runs on relays.
Vasichek Outstanding City Official Amie Vasichek, Lakota, N.D., city auditor, has been named the 2016 Outstanding City Appointed Official by the North Dakota League of Cities. Vasichek became auditor in March 2009 and serves on a variety of committees, including Lakota Good Samaritan Society Advisory Board, Lakota Economic Development Board, Lakota Farmer's Market and the North Dakota Forestry Council. Campbell named Amazing Outside Director
• The 50th annual Hawley Art Show is from 1 to 9 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Hawley Community Center on Main Street in Hawley, Minn. Info: 50th Annual Hawley Art Show on Facebook. • The rock band Foreigner performs at 8 p.m. today in Shooting Star Casino, Mahnomen, Minn. Tickets start at $40. Info: www.StarCasino.com/tickets .
UND women's basketball coach Travis Brewster didn't have to travel far to find his latest roster addition. UND announced Thursday that volleyball standout Faith Dooley will play basketball following her volleyball career. The Wheatland, N.D., native will have two seasons of basketball eligibility. She plans to pursue a Master's degree.
BELCOURT, N.D.—Two who crashed a car after fleeing from law enforcement in Rolette County Monday were identified Thursday. The wreck killed the car's driver and injured the passenger. Police were called to the Sky Dancer Casino for a report of a disturbance at 2:30 a.m., according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
BISMARCK—Former UND football coach and athletic director Roger Thomas will retire, the University of Mary announced Tuesday. Thomas' retirement will be effective June 30. Thomas, who has been Mary's athletic director since 2008, was UND's head football coach from 1986-98. He was then athletic director from 1999-2005. Thomas, the winningest coach in UND football history, was 90-43-1. He guided UND to five NCAA Division II postseason appearances.
Of all the blizzards from last to first, Blizzard Hannah, she was the worst. At least during the winter of 1996-97. The eighth and final blizzard of the season, "Hard-hearted" Hannah—as a Herald story referred to the storm—unleashed a barrage of rain, snow, ice and winds that snapped power lines like twigs and triggered power outages across the region. Blizzard Hannah dumped 7 inches of snow in Grand Forks to bring the winter total to a whopping 97.2 inches, breaking the record set in 1995-96; Fargo's snow tally rose to 116.6 inches.
BELCOURT, N.D.—Two people were seriously injured after leading police on a chase and crashing their vehicle early Monday morning in Rolette County. Belcourt police officers were dispatched to a disturbance at the Sky Dancer Casino at 2:30 a.m. Monday, according to a release by the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Before police arrived, the suspects fled in a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix and ignored attempts by officers to pull them over.