Herald Staff Report
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has issued warning about the dangers of the Conium maculatum plant, commonly known as poison hemlock. The plant has been found in southeast Minnesota, spreading quickly in the St. Charles and Lanesboro areas. All parts of the plant - leaves, stems, flowers and roots - are poisonous. Residents should wear long-sleeved shirts, pants and gloves when handling the plant and never ingest any part of it.
Lake of the Woods Storms and wind have plagued anglers on Lake of the Woods, of late, and while fishing has slowed, walleye action remains good for anglers who find clean water, Sportsman's Lodge said Wednesday in its weekly update. Fishing in mud-stained water always is tough, but a jig tipped with a frozen shiner is still producing fish in 28 feet to 30 feet of water. Pulling hammered gold spinners tipped with leeches or crawlers in 8 to 18 feet of water also is a good bet, the report said.
The Grand Forks Police Department will feature about 50 automobiles and more than 100 bikes in its annual auction.
Construction season is in full swing, and the quick 5-mile jaunt to the store over the lunch hour isn't so quick anymore. With construction projects on major Grand Forks roads planned through the summer drivers can expect longer trips or plan creative routes to their destinations. "I always take the back roads to avoid it, but it's summertime in North Dakota," Bethany Thompson of Drayton, N.D., said. "People want good roads. You can't have it both ways. I put up with it and go around construction because I want nice roads."
N.D. spring duck index declines The North Dakota Game and Fish Department's 70th annual spring breeding duck survey conducted in May showed an index of 2.95 million birds, down 15 percent from last year. The index is below 3 million for the first time since 1994, but it still stands 23 percent above the long-term average since 1948 and is the 24th highest on record, Mike Szymanski, migratory game bird supervisor for Game and Fish, said. "Fortunately, we still have a lot of ducks," Szymanski said.
Hall to retire from Alerus Mark Hall of Grand Forks has announced plans to retire as financial services professional from Alerus, effective June 30. Hall is a graduate of UND and the National Trust School at Northwestern University and has been with Alerus since 1991. An open house will be held for Hall from 3:30 to 5 p.m. June 27 at the Alerus Corporate Center in downtown Grand Forks. RiverView Health named best place to work
Prep baseball 6 Minn. Class A tournament Thursday's quarterfinals In Jordan Parkers Prairie 8, Pillager 0 Legacy Christian 9, Ely 4 Wabasha-Kellogg 2, Martin Luther/GHEC-Truman 0 Red Rock Central 11, Fosston 1 FOS 001 000 -- 1 6 3 RRC 214 121 -- 11 13 0 WP—Taylor Bunting; LP—Jesse Sather
Prep baseball Minnehaha Academy 10, Warroad 5: Justin Evenson had a two-run single in the first and homered in the sixth to lead Minnehaha to a 10-5 win over Warroad on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Minnesota state Class AA baseball tournament in St. Cloud. Minnehaha took advantage of five Warroad errors, including three in the top of the first as it built a 4-1 lead. Jaron Moyer led Warroad with two hits, including a triple, while Brennen Foster also had a pair of hits for the Warriors.
North Dakota's top law official is warning residents about a sweepstakes scam that has cost North Dakotans more than $366,000 in the past year. The scam involves telling residents they have won a prize and they must pay "fees" before they are awarded the money. The ploy isn't new to North Dakota, and the state Attorney General's Office has issued several warnings over the past few years, according to a news release.
Crews in the Grand Forks area were looking at spending weeks cleaning up damage from a severe storm that hit Tuesday morning as another storm was threatening to bring flash flooding, damaging hail and tornadoes to the Red River Valley. You can read more about the storm here.