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Scott Kringstad and Jeff Melgaard have had plenty of time to prepare for their new jobs. The two longtime employees of Construction Engineers took over as owners of the Grand Forks-based firm at the beginning of the year, marking the completion of a 10-year transition plan they had with its founders, brothers John and Kurt Eickhof.
Next week's state high school hockey tournament is expected to bring in plenty of visitor spending to the Grand Forks region. The North Dakota High School Activities Association Boys' and Girls' State Hockey Tournament will bring more than 3,000 visitors to the city and an estimated $840,000 in direct spending, according to an email from the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Local airport and business leaders were disappointed by FedEx's decision to move its operations at the Grand Forks International Airport to Fargo. The move, confirmed Wednesday by a spokeswoman for...
A collection of candidates for North Dakota statewide office made their case to Grand Forks Republicans during local district conventions Tuesday evening. Most notably, the three candidates for North Dakota governor touted their records as they vied for support in the state's most-watched race. Tuesday's conventions come less than two months before the state Republican convention in early April, which is followed by the primary election in mid-June.
The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is preparing to push its biggest legislative priority for this year: business tax relief. In a meeting with the Herald's editorial board, the chamber's Director of Communications Jim Pumarlo outlined Minnesota's state property tax on businesses. That levy comes on top of the property taxes businesses already pay to local governments, and it represents about 30 percent of their total property tax bill, according to a chamber fact sheet.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death this weekend immediately sparked a debate over when the sudden vacancy on the nation's highest court should be filled, and it's now creating disagreements between North Dakota's senators. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Republican presidential candidates have argued the vacancy should be filled after November's presidential election. In a statement to the Herald Monday, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., agreed.
In several darkened rooms on the UND campus last week, students were monitoring planes taxiing down a virtual runway. They're part of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences' air traffic control program. A number of them were using projector screens to simulate working in an airport's control tower, while classmates in another room controlled the planes moving across the screen. Meanwhile, more than 1,000 miles away, congressional lawmakers and industry groups are debating a proposal that has implications for the future of those students' chosen career.
Shoe Carnival will open a store in the Sears wing of Grand Forks' Columbia Mall. The Indiana-based footwear retailer, which has more than 400 stores, will open across from Scott's Music. Rebecca Oates, the company's marketing production and promotions coordinator, said she wasn't sure when the Grand Forks store will first open to the public, but she expects a grand opening sometime in May. Shoe Carnival has stores in Fargo, Bismarck and Minot, according to its website.
The city of East Grand Forks and a downtown building owner discussed a $510,000 economic development loan Friday, but it was unclear if an agreement had been reached. At around 6 p.m. Friday, City Administrator David Murphy said mediation was "ongoing." He declined to comment when asked if the parties reach an agreement. Jon Brakke, attorney for Boardwalk, said earlier this week he would have no comment at the end of Friday's meeting. He said a settlement was unlikely to be signed by the end of the negotiations even if the mediation is successful.
The Grand Forks Public School District denied more in-district transfer requests this year in an effort to control the number of students in the city's two high schools. Assistant Superintendent Jody Thompson said the decision to more closely manage enrollment figures was part of the district's strategic plan after it redrew its boundary lines a few years ago. He said they allowed "a little bit of grandfathering to occur, knowing that this would be the year we would have to monitor that a bit more closely."