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In light of the recent suicide of a well-liked student at Red River High School, the frustration, confusion and sadness that suicide can cause have been thrust into the spotlight. The struggle Roughrider students faced after learning they had lost one of their own to suicide is one that has become all too common in North Dakota, MInnesota and the rest of the country. North Dakota's suicide rate is among the highest in the nation, according to data collected from the Center for Disease Control. It's a statistic that is concerning to local and state leaders.
They have inventive names likes dreams neon rose petunias, rockapulco rose, red rooster sage, sweet 100 cherry tomatoes and purple fountain grasses.
THIEF RIVER FALLS—Patrons of the Thief River Falls Regional Airport might be without flights to the Twin Cities for a month as the airport transitions to a new carrier. The airport's current air service, Great Lakes Airlines, lost out in the bidding process and requested to end services May 31 when its Essential Air Service contract expires.
With the fate of Ray Richards Golf Course uncertain, loyal golfers are worried they'll soon lose the Grand Forks course. The UND-owned, nine-hole golf course will need to find new management or it won't open in 2017, university officials announced last month. The course, located on DeMers Avenue between South 34th and South 42nd streets, is named for the late Ray Richards, an engineer and UND alumnus who donated the land to UND. The course, which is open to the public, has been in operation since 1968.
A Grand Forks man and woman are facing drug charges following an arrest Thursday in the Gateway Drive Wal-Mart parking lot. Eric Robyn Berntson, 31, was charged Thursday with possession of a schedule III drug with intent to deliver a controlled substance, oxycodone, a Class A felony. The maximum penalty for a Class B felony is 20 years in prison and a fine of $20,000.
The National Weather Service has issued a "red flag warning" from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday for much of the state of Minnesota as conditions are extremely dry and windy with low humidity—perfect conditions for explosive fires. While there aren't any warnings currently for Grand Forks County, meteorologist Tom Grafenauer of the weather service in Grand Forks said residents should still be careful. Outdoor and prescribed burns are not recommended.
Marci Hecht has always been known by her friends and, without a doubt, by her family as a mama bear. She protects her cubs and makes sure the den, their family home on the west side of Grand Forks, is welcoming. The door is always open for family. She's the positive influence that keeps the wheels moving, the strength to get through the tough times. Now it's time for the cubs, Mike Bemis, Stephanie Bemis-Rood and Nick and Jenna Hecht, all grown up but no less kids in Marci's eyes, to help take care of their mama bear. Her husband, Bruce Hecht, stays right by her side.
Her name tag attached to her navy blue cardigan says "Hi! I'm Yvonne," but regular customers of the Hugo's Family Marketplace on South 32nd Street have known Yvonne Welsh's name for years. After 24 years at Hugo's in Grand Forks, and more than 41 years overall in the grocery business, Welsh celebrated her last day of work Thursday. A retirement party was held for her at the front of the store, with marble cake and punch laid out for her loyal customers.
Smoke from a raging wildfire that forced 88,000 residents to flee from a Canadian town in northeast Alberta is expected to reach the Red River Valley by Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. The fire in Fort McMurray, Alta., has been burning since Sunday and has destroyed 1,600 structures, ravaged one neighborhood and halted incoming and outgoing commercial flights, authorities said Wednesday.
The discussion on loitering in the Grand Forks County Office Building seems to be sticking around, and answers for the problem remain elusive. The Public Safety and Infrastructure Committee, comprising of county commissioners Cynthia Pic, Tom Falck, David Engen and Diane Knauf, met Tuesday afternoon to discuss the issue, which was first brought to the full commission in March by Knauf.