Herald Staff Report
Incoming North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum's promise to reinvent state government has apparently started with new structure for the governor's staff. In a news release issued Wednesday, the day before he officially takes office, Burgum announced he will create roles for chief operating officer and chief administrative officer, which will be filled by Jodi Uecker and JoDee Hanson, respectively.
A week after Blizzard Alivia dumped about 15 inches of snow on Grand Forks, the battle to get city streets cleared has raged around the clock. Mark Aubol, streets manager with Grand Forks Public Works, said overnight crews have removed 110 to 115 loads of snow from streets each night. Each 18-yard truckload contains about 10½ tons of snow, which crews dump in a lot on the north side of town.
New to Grand Forks/East Grand Forks "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story": The Rebellion makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic...
Winter conditions have caused a spike in automobile crashes over the past three days, Grand Forks Police said. Grand Forks Police Sgt. Jay Middleton estimated there have been as many as 40 crashes on city streets, many caused primarily by slick road conditions after last week's blizzard. A pickup truck rolled shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday morning near the intersection of Interstate 29 and U.S. Highway 2 in northwest Grand Forks, according to a North Dakota Highway Patrol media release.
East Grand Forks residents with unpaid parking tickets may need to restock their pantries this month. Throughout the month of December those who receive a calendar parking or snow emergency parking ticket may donate five non-perishable food items to the East Grand Forks Food Shelf and have the fine associated with the parking ticket waived. The food item can be dropped off along with the parking ticket at the East Grand Forks Police Department. Donations are accepted 24 hours a day at the Police Department.
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple met with Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II late Monday for almost three hours to discuss the ongoing protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
DEVILS LAKE—A woman accused of walking away from a Devils Lake-area re-entry center is back in custody. Law enforcement apprehended Jessica Marie Cavanaugh, 24, over the weekend, according to the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center's Facebook page. The St. Michael, N.D., woman was serving time for a probation violation after a judge sentenced her in late October in Towner County District Court. Her release date was set for March 3.
Grand Forks residents better get ready to rumble—professional wrestling is coming to town. WWE Live: Road to WrestleMania will bring the ring to the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, a little more than a decade after the last bout was held there. The event kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 4. Ticket sales open Friday morning, with prices starting at $15. Tickets can be purchased at the Alerus Center Box Office, Ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000.
• The final two days of the Festival of Trees, sponsored by the LISTEN Center and the Optimist Club, are today and Saturday in Columbia Mall in the Sears wing. You also can place presents under the trees for families. Info: (701) 746-7840. • The Muddy Waters Clay Center Annual Winter Showcase continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in the studio at 2014 13th Ave. N., Grand Forks. The event is free and open to the public. Info: muddywatersclay.org for details.