Herald Staff Report
The Narcisse Snake Dens about an hour and a half north of Winnipeg are home to the world's largest gathering of red-sided garter snakes. Every spring, the snakes emerge by the thousands from the limestone caves and crevasses where they winter below the frostline. For two to three weeks, the snakes are easily visible as they gather in squirming, swarming balls to breed before dispersing to their summer habitats. By some miracle of nature, they return to the dens in the fall before winter drives them back underground.
MAYVILLE, N.D.—Thompson keeps finding ways to score runs. The Tommies earned a shot at defending their 2016 North Dakota Class B state high school baseball championship by defeating Hatton-Northwood 13-1 here Wednesday in the title game of the Region 2 tournament. Thompson (19-0) has scored nine or more runs in its last seven games and averages 10.1 runs per game. The Tommies outscored their opponents 34-5 in their three region tournament games. Thompson coach Brady Schwab calls those numbers a little deceptive.
Grand Forks leaders are inviting the community to a discussion on substance abuse and addiction at the Alerus Center Thursday night. The discussion, dubbed a "call to action," will be led by Mayor Mike Brown and Grand Forks City Council members Sandi Marshall and Jeannie Mock. Additional city staff from the police, public health, planning and administration leaders are also anticipated to attend, according to Peter Steele at the city's public information center.
Nobody was injured when a man claiming to be cleaning a handgun in his Grand Forks apartment accidently fired a round Monday afternoon. The Grand Forks Police Department was called to the 1200 block of 55th Avenue South at 4:38 p.m. Monday by a man who said he mistakenly discharged a round into a wall in his apartment. Police said the bullet traveled through a wall within the apartment unit, but they do not believe it entered adjacent apartments. The incident remains under investigation.
Beginning June 7, the Visitor Center at Rydell National Wildlife Refuge will be open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The Visitor Center will be open before that, as well, but days will vary depending on activities being held at the refuge. The Visitor Center will be open Memorial Day. There are many ways to enjoy the refuge, including birding, hiking, wildlife watching, bicycling, fishing and photography. The trails are open from sunup to sundown.
Thief River Falls business owners have opened a candy shop in Grand Forks. The Candy Corner started selling sweets April 1 in the former Zales store in the Columbia Mall. Zales, a national jewelry chain based in Texas, left the mall at the end of December.
The owner of a popular bookstore in Grand Forks will get some help with the store as he moves to the center of North Dakota. Dane J. Ferguson, owner and executive manager of Ferguson Books and More, told the Herald store manager Robert Sutton will be a part owner of the business at 1720 S. Washington St. “He’ll be taking the lead in Grand Forks,” Ferguson said of Sutton.
CROOKSTON -- The American Legion building in Crookston soon will be home to a bakery. Brian LaPlante plans to open Back When Food, utilizing the kitchen and bar area of the Legion building at 102 S Ash St., according to a report in the Crookston Times.
PLUMMER, Minn.—Two men from the Mahnomen, Minn., area have been arrested in connection with burglaries in Plummer, Minn., earlier this week, according to the Red Lake County Sheriff's Office. Patrick Porter and Percy French Jr. face charges of burglary, theft and property damage in connection with burglaries at the Plummer American Legion Club and a bar, where about $10,000 in property was reported stolen or damaged, according to the Sheriff's Office. The men were booked into jail in Crookston.
A longtime employee of Forum Communications Co. has been named editor of the company's regional business magazine. Tom Dennis, who has been editorial page editor of the Grand Forks Herald for 20 years, will assume duties as editor of Prairie Business in the coming days. Prairie Business Publisher Korrie Wenzel announced the move to staff Wednesday. Dennis said his years with the Herald have put him in a position to closely monitor the region's business trends.