Kevin Bonham covers regional news, mostly from northeast North Dakota, for the Grand Forks Herald. A North Dakota native who grew up in Mandan and Dickinson, he has been a reporter or an editor with the Herald and Forum Communications for more than 30 years. Find his articles at: www.grandforksherald.com. He welcomes story ideas via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone, (701) 780-1110.
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NECHE, N.D.—The elementary school in Neche, a small Pembina County community just south of the Canadian border, is closing this spring. The last day of classes at North Border Neche Elementary School will be May 26. The school has 51 students in K-6 and 13 in Pre-K. The closing is part of a $5.2 million project that will consolidate North Border from three to two schools, located in Pembina and Walhalla, N.D., Superintendent Paul Stremick said. The remodeling is expected to begin right after Memorial Day,
BUXTON, N.D.—Those searching to live in a community within a half-hour drive of Grand Forks might be stopping in Buxton, and then they're probably moving on. The reason is there's virtually nothing to buy in this Traill County community of 325. "Houses change hands, but a lot of them never actually hit the market," said Ben Hershey, president of Buxton Improvement Group (BIG). "Most of the houses sold here are those someone knows about. They hear that someone wants to sell and they buy."
Kittson EMS groups seek funding formula change Kittson County's two ambulance services said the county's population decline is becoming a budgetary burden. Kittson County Emergency Medical Service and Tri-County Emergency Medical Service are asking the county to change the funding formula, which is based on the county's population, according to a report in the North Star News in Karlstad, Minn.
CANDO, N.D.—Gary Rader was in Saudi Arabia in early December 1990, serving in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm with the North Dakota National Guard's Cando-based 132nd Quartermaster Company, a water purification unit, when his wife, Nancy, gave birth to their daughter, Annie, back home in Towner County Medical Center. The next day, Nancy was back at Cando's National Guard Armory, helping the local family support group prepare a community dinner for families of troops serving overseas.
WINGER, Minn. -- A Thursday police chase that resulted in the arrest of a Bejou, Minn., man turned physical, officers said. The incident began at 8:05 p.m. when the Polk County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a suspected gas station drive-off in Bejou. A Polk County deputy spotted the suspect vehicle on Polk County Road 1 west of Winger and subsequently conducted a traffic stop.
CROOKSTON—Bail has been set for two Grand Forks residents charged in connection with illegal drug sales near an East Grand Forks park earlier this week. Polk County District Judge Tamara Yon set bond at $10,000 Thursday for Amanda Rae Halldorson, 32,, who is charged with four felonies: second-degree sale of a controlled substance, third-degree sale, third-degree possession and fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance.
George Staveteig, a longtime Grand Forks area farmer and a former Grand Forks County commissioner, died Tuesday following a long illness. Staveteig, 85, served on the County Commission from 1988 to 1992. During his tenure on the commission, Staveteig garnered attention for an abrupt style of looking sharply at county spending and departments' management.
RUGBY, N.D.—A Rugby implement dealership will receive a $1 million federal loan to build a John Deere equipment facility. The loan, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program, was approved recently for Moure Equipment, doing business as Gooseneck Implement. The company plans to build a facility along U.S. Highway 2 east of Rugby, according to JoAnn Rodenbiker, director of business development for Northern Plains Electric Cooperative, which has offices in Cando and Carrington, N.D.
DEVILS LAKE -- Two Devils Lake residents have been charged in connection with a psychedelic drug-growing operation. Devin Eugene Johnson, 25, and Ashley Nicholson, 22, have been charged with possession...
CROOKSTON -- A Crookston sunflower seed producer has suspended production and is voluntarily recalling some packaged sunflower kernels after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration linked potential listeria monocytogenes to the Crookston plant. The products are: Dakota’s Best Biggy’z Roasted and Salted Sunflower Kernels , 16 oz., Lot No. FEB-11-17C2, with a Best By Date of Feb. 11, 2017; and