Herald Staff Report
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.
ERSKINE, Minn.—A fire completely destroyed a barn near Erskine, Minn., late Friday night, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. No person or animal was injured in the fire. The fire, near U.S. Highway 59 east of town, was reported around 11:30 p.m. Its cause is under investigation. The Polk County Sheriff's Office, Erskine and Winger, Minn., fire departments, and Essentia Ambulance responded.
The following represents March 24-30 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.
The North Dakota Department of Transportation and the Highway Patrol have temporarily closed N.D. Highway 18 from Pembina 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 department is encouraging motorists to check road conditions before traveling. Conditions can change rapidly, and fluctuating water levels make it hard to predict exactly which roads will be flooded.
Haugen joins NDSU Extension Sam Haugen recently joined the North Dakota State University Extension Service in Grand Forks. Haugen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from the University of Minnesota and will work as an agriculture and natural resources agent to identify and improve education on agriculture and natural resources in the area. Center for Innovation receives honor
A woman who runs a Grand Forks day care under investigation for possible sexual abuse has been operating the business without a license for more than a year, according to charges filed this week. Amy Jo Puppe, 32, was arrested Thursday for operating a child care facility without a license, a Class B misdemeanor. Puppe runs the Little Rascals day care out of her home at 3921 S. 18th St.
Alex Otto, Nelson County High School, proved himself to be one of the premier athletes in North Dakota Class B high school track last season, placing third in the high jump at the state meet. That was a disappointment for Otto, however. He cleared 6 feet at the state meet. But he entered state with a season-best jump of 6 feet, 4 inches. A hamstring injury he suffered late in the season had a negative impact on his performance at state.
Below is a list of results in the 2017 Grand Forks Herald People's Choice awards: AC & Heating First: Vilandre Heating, AC & Plumbing Second: Custom Aire Antique Store First: Junk with Spunk Second: Plain and Fancy Antique Store Appliance Repair First: Bud & Ralph's Appliance Service Second: Lowe's Architect First: JLG Second: EAPC Assisted Living First: 4000 Valley Square Second: Parkwood Place Auto Body First: Modern Auto Body Second: Rydell Auto Repair
The downtown ice rink is done for the season. Workers said the ice rink should be deconstructed by the end of the week.