John Hageman covers local business and North Dakota politics. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Bemidji Pioneer.
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Financial assistance through the Bank of North Dakota is one more tool available to Grand Forks leaders in alleviating a shortage of available child care, a City Council member said Monday. The Grand Forks Growth Fund Committee voted Monday to add the bank's Flex Pace program for day care operations to the city's portfolio. The program, which the city has used for various business expansion projects, involves using financing to buy down the interest rate on commercial bank loans.
NORTHWOOD, N.D.—The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified a 17-year-old girl from Eagan, Minn., who suffered serious injuries in a Grand Forks County crash over the weekend. Mikailah Corum was in critical condition at Altru Hospital Monday afternoon. She was ejected from a 2006 Saturn Ion that was totaled in a one-car crash 8 miles west of Northwood, N.D. Saturday night.
Internet retail giant Amazon has proposed paying more than $845,000 to terminate its lease at a city-owned building in west Grand Forks. The Seattle-based company had been occupying about 29,000 square feet of the building at 1400 S. 48th St. in the Grand Forks Industrial Park since September 2011. But Amazon notified the city in April that it was exercising its right to terminate the lease after September 2018, according to a city staff memo published ahead of Monday's Grand Forks Growth Fund Committee meeting.
It was around 3 a.m. Sunday when Bryan Good was alerted that his downtown Grand Forks house was on fire. "I had guys beating on the outside of the house, yelling," he said. "They woke me up ... yelled, 'You're on fire.' So I just got my family out." The fire at 217 N. 6th St. is one of several that occurred early Sunday morning considered suspicious by Grand Forks police. The others involved debris in the alleyway in the 300 block of North Sixth Street and a Dumpster in the alleyway in the 200 block of North Sixth Street.
Parents and students helped welcome new leadership Sunday afternoon at Holy Family - St. Mary's Catholic School in Grand Forks. Ken Schill and Katie Mayer are the new interim principal and assistant principal, respectively, of the parochial elementary school. They were on hand for an ice cream social held on the school's playground, where kids played in a bounce house and dined on cool treats. The new leadership team takes the helm after the retirement of Charles Scherr.
North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger said last week it's too early to say what forms of identification will be accepted for voting in November's election, but a plan is being developed after a federal judge recently ruled against the state's new voter ID laws.
UND aerospace officials are welcoming new federal processes for hiring air traffic controllers. The changes come with the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that was signed into law by President Barack Obama in mid-July. It puts greater emphasis on selecting candidates from air traffic control programs such as UND's, said Elizabeth Bjerke, chairwoman of the aviation department at the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.
FOSSTON, MINN.—As Leah Palubicki strode through the grocery store that bears her family's name, she noted one of the aging building's deficiencies: The aisles are too narrow. "They're about five, five and a half feet," she said. That will be just one of the improvements the new Palubicki's Family Market will have over its old location. The grocer is building a new, 43,000-square-foot store next door to its current building on Fosston's main drag, more than doubling its existing square footage.
Crews remodeling the Hub bar in downtown Grand Forks are working with a clean slate. The owners of Joe Black's, Joe Schneider and Dennis Blackmun, have taken over the 76-year-old establishment and are trying to reopen it in early September as the Hub Pub. But before that happens, they've started a major remodeling project that started with gutting the inside of the 205 N. Third St. bar. "Everything's out of there," Schneider said Wednesday. "There's literally nothing in there." A new bar is being built and equipment has been ordered, Schneider said.
The terminal at the Grand Forks International Airport was evacuated early Friday afternoon after security discovered a suspicious item in a checked bag, but police later determined it was not a threat. Grand Forks police were called to the airport just after noon Friday after Transportation Security Administration staff discovered a suspicious item during a routine scan, Lt. Bill Macki said.