The Tri-County School Board is working to whittle down a projected $200,000 budget deficit for the 2015-16 school year. One of the potential solutions is to combine the superintendent and...
A transitional living home for people with serious mental illness will open in Devils Lake later this year. The former Movie Gallery building on Sixth Avenue Northeast is being remodeled to accommodate up to eight adults at a time, said Kate Kenna, director of the Lake Region Human Service Center, one of eight regional service centers of the North Dakota Department of Human Services. "This program fills a gap in local services," Kenna said.
LAKOTA, N.D. -- The North Dakota State Water Commission will begin an emergency repair project next week on the Tolna Dam, which sprang a large leak about two weeks ago that prompted a temporary flash flood watch downstream. The Nelson County Water Resource District on Thursday approved the repair project, which engineers estimate will cost $60,000 to $90,000. The state will pay the bill without the normal local cost share. "Time is of the essence," Jon Kelsch, head of the water commission's construction section, told the water board Thursday morning.
Walsh County has joined a nationwide network that helps authorities track people with autism, dementia, Alzheimer's disease or other disorders that may cause them to endanger themselves by wandering off. The Walsh County Sheriff's Department is hosting Project Lifesaver training this week for deputies and Grafton Police Department officers. The national program provides small personal transmitters that can be worn around the wrists or ankles. Walsh County is the first agency in North Dakota to implement the program, Sheriff Ron Jurgens said. "We hope to get most of the staff trained," he s
The city of Devils Lake experienced a power outage for about an hour early Tuesday afternoon. The outage, which was reported at about noon, interrupted electrical service to much of the city, according to Devils Lake Fire Chief Jim Moe. Otter Tail Power Co., which serves Devils Lake, quickly isolated the problem and restored power, according to Moe. "Fortunately, nothing serious happened," he said. Otter Tail spokeswoman Cris Oehler said the outage happened after an insulator broke on a pole and started a fire that caused the top of the pole to fall on power distribution line. The outag
The Pennington County Sheriff's Department and jail are dealing with staff shortages. Sheriff Ray Kuznia told Pennington County Commissioners the recent resignations of a full-time corrections officer and a part-time deputy, plus a vacant part-time corrections position, have crippled the agency. He added that staff shortages are documented in a recent Minnesota Department of Corrections evaluation, according to a report in the Thief River Falls Times. "In the jail, one of our corrections officers worked 20 hours straight," he said, after two others called in sick. Besides the jail, the she
A preliminary hearing is set in early April for the driver of a vehicle that mowed down a fire hydrant and knocked out water service in Northwood, N.D., earlier this month. Kurt John Johnson, 49, Grand Forks, is scheduled to appear April 8 on the charges of driving under the influence, a Class C felony, as well driving under license suspension, a Class B misdemeanor. According to police reports, Johnson was operating a vehicle that crashed into a fire hydrant in Northwood during the early morning hours of March 5.
A Devils Lake man was in serious condition Wednesday at Altru Hospital, where he was being treated for injuries he sustained when he fell from the hood of a moving vehicle in downtown Devils Lake earlier this week. The victim, identified as 38-year-old Bruce Donald Johnson, Devils Lake, initially was taken to Mercy Hospital in Devils Lake after the incident, which occurred at about 9:35 a.m.
The city of Devils Lake will spend up to $100,000 toward a proposed $465,000 project to build handicap-accessible parking and fishing piers or docks at three locations around Devils Lake. The proposed project is a response to lost lake access as a result of a two-decade-old flood in which the lake elevation has risen by more than 30 feet, according to Devils Lake City Engineer Mike Grafsgaard. Federal, state and city governments completed a massive project last year to raise and lengthen the city's flood protection system. "The city of Devils Lake now has more than 12 miles of levees to pro
A weekend barn fire near Thief River Falls claimed several animals. The Thief River Falls Volunteer Fire Department responded to the alarm, which sounded at 3:12 a.m. Saturday, at the farm of the Jay Lizakowski. "When we rolled into the yard, all the walls were down," Co-Fire Chief Jerry Stenseth said. "It had been burning for quite some time. It's a pretty sad day." The metal building, which measured 40-by-68 feet, was destroyed.