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DEVILS LAKE—It's been a long run for the original organizer of the annual Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department Ice Fishing Tournament, but Fire Chief Jim Moe has one more round to go before he can breathe easy. The event he started as a fundraiser for the local Eagles Club in 1984 has grown from a contest of 100 two-person teams to this year's Jan. 27 whopper with 5,000-plus anglers and thousands more ticket holders hoping to net one of more than $325,000 in prizes.
People who did not get a flu vaccination last fall might have a fighting chance yet against catching the severe strain now circulating the nation. Public health officials for Grand Forks County and the North Dakota Department of Public Health say it's better late than never to get a flu shot. "No vaccine is 100 percent effective," said Carolyn Kaltenberg, a nurse and immunization program manager with Grand Forks Public Health. "But if you do get vaccinated and get influenza, hopefully, your symptoms will be less severe."
THIEF RIVER FALLS — Mayor Brian Holmer said the City Council recently approved the equivalent of an environmental study to put Digi-Key Electronics one step closer to breaking ground on its $300 million expansion project. "It's a big step moving forward to the next level," he said. "It's going to have all their electronic components in there and the state-of-the-art picking and packing system to get their products out globally."
CROOKSTON — Though the community's longtime summer celebration is still eight months away, organizers of Oxcart Days already are anticipating another big crowd. "Last year was the first year we took it over from the (Crookston Area) Chamber, and we added a bunch of different events and shook it up a little bit," said Nell DeBoer, chairwoman of the Oxcart Days Committee. "It was hugely successful. Last year we sold more than 4,000 buttons."
THIEF RIVER FALLS — A labor dispute at the Thief River Falls Public Library that began more than eight months ago and recently boiled over with the resignations of its librarian and two other employees appears to be in limbo.
Downtown Grand Forks will have a new choice for dining—and for lunching— as early as next week. Elias Dean purchased Giuseppe's Italian Ristorante, 414 DeMers Ave., on Monday from longtime restaurateurs Jeff and Nicole Tellmann. They will continue to run their Red Pepper restaurants in Grand Forks and Fargo, Jeff Tellmann said Wednesday. They had operated the Italian restaurant for five years. New Giuseppe's owner, Elias Dean, also said he will continue to operate his Steers Restaurant on South Washington Street. That restaurant specializes in Somali cuisine.
CROOKSTON—Three weeks after she was cleared of any wrongdoing in a budgeting dispute and resigning the post she held for nearly three years, the executive director of the Crookston Area Chamber and Visitors Bureau believes she is leaving both organizations in good shape. Amanda Lien said Tuesday she is proud of what the organizations have accomplished under her leadership, and she will continue to be a strong advocate for the city even as she pursues a master's degree in business administration.
Ralph Tack says his Maytag washing machine still runs like a top after nearly a quarter-century, but it's his 81-year-old dishwasher that's even more impressive. The longtime technician and founding partner in Bud and Ralph's Appliance Service in Grand Forks says his Louella model not only works like a charm — she's charming, too. And he's been married to her for more than 60 years. "She washes, and I dry," Tack said with a laugh. "And if she's not there, I wash, too." Neither would want it any other way.
Olympic-caliber UND women's hockey is shut down. A post-flood downtown park dies by referendum. A legendary bar and eatery in East Grand Forks is sold. And an anchor department store in Columbia Mall calls it quits. After either drawn-out debate or surprise decisions, the community spent much of 2017 saying goodbye. Seven of the Herald's Top 10 Stories of the Year involved some sort of ending. Here's a look at the past 12 months:
"This is a terrible business idea." Marie Strinden Jensen has heard the harsh words more than once about her Fighting Sawks storefront in downtown Grand Forks. This isn't New York City, they might say. Or, Grand Forks isn't big enough to support a store that sells just socks.