Herald Staff Report
Citizens can apply to serve on Lake of the Woods input committee People interested in volunteering to discuss Lake of the Woods fish and habitat can apply to participate in the Lake of the Woods fisheries input group, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said. Applications must be completed by Monday, Oct. 10, and are available online at mndnr.gov/lakeofthewoods.
Work to replace railroad crossing at several streets in north Grand Forks will close the roads. BNSF Railway will shut down the crossings at Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth avenues north near North Washington Street, according to a news release from City Hall. Work should begin Monday and last through Thursday evening.
Lake of the Woods There has been great walleye action right outside Lighthouse Gap and along the south shore in anywhere from 11 feet to 17 feet of water, Lake of the Woods Tourism reports in its weekly update. Good reports also are coming from 27 to 30 feet of water a few miles out from Lighthouse Gap and in front of Morris Point Gap. Anchoring and a jigging with a shiner minnow has been the ticket, but large schools of walleyes continue to roam the main basin of Big Traverse Bay, where trolling crankbaits in 31 to 34 feet of water has been effective.
Little Big Town is coming to town. The popular country music band will perform March 17 at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, according to a news release from the venue. The stop is part of the band's The Breaking Tour, which begins in February in Oklahoma City. Founded in 1998, Little Big Town rose to fame with hits like "Boondocks," "Little White Church" and "Pontoon." The band has won numerous awards. Country band Midland and singer Kacey Musgraves will join Little Big Town during the 26-city tour.
LARIMORE, N.D. -- A Larimore man faces two felony homicide charges following a crash that killed a motorcyclist in Grand Forks County. The North Dakota Highway Patrol responded to a crash at 9:15 p.m. Monday a half-mile east of Larimore on County Road 4 where Paul Albert Lilja, 43, had been traveling east in a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado pickup.
N.D. pheasant counts decline BISMARCK—North Dakota's roadside pheasant survey conducted in late July and August shows total birds and number of broods are down statewide from 2016. According to R.J. Gross, upland game management biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, total pheasants observed per 100 miles are down 61 percent from last year. In addition, brood observations were down 63 percent, while the average brood size was down 19 percent.
Sportsmen's and conservation groups across the country are applauding a secretarial order signed Friday by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to expand hunting and fishing opportunities and enhance conservation efforts.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is taking applications through Sept. 25 for 12 people to service on the DNR's Fisheries Oversight and Wildlife Oversight committees. Appointees will review the DNR's annual Game and Fish Fund Report in detail and, after discussions with agency leaders and others, write a report on the findings of this review. About half the current members' terms expire Dec. 14 and are subject to this open application, the DNR said in a news release.
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Two men were injured Tuesday evening after a car they were in hit a house in Grand Forks with his vehicle. At 6:25 p.m., Goma Jogi, 34, of Grand Forks was northbound in the 800 block of South 12th Street when his 2012 Toyota Camry hit the house, according to a new release. He intended to turn west onto Eighth Avenue South, but he hit the accelerator pedal instead of stopping at the stop sign, Grand Forks police said.