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, email@example.com, or by phone, (701) 780-1110.
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A monument honoring soldiers in the 164th Infantry of the North Dakota National Guard will be dedicated Sept. 24 at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery south of Mandan, N.D. The dedication will begin at 1 p.m. The ceremony will take place during the 164th Infantry Division's annual reunion in Bismarck, Sept. 23-25. The $250,000 monument consists of two nine-by-five-foot granite panels that sit side by side in the form of an open book. Carved in one of the granite panels is a scene of a 164th Infantry Patrol and a brief history of the regiment, which existed from 1885 to 1995.
Six people are vying to replace Grand Forks County Sheriff Dan Hill, who is retiring after serving for 20 years. Meanwhile, three incumbent Grand Forks County Commissioners are facing challenges from two candidates in the June 8 primary election. The top two vote getters in each position advance to the Nov. 4 general election. Here are the sheriff candidates: - Ann Black, Grand Forks. Black is an intervention tutor with Grand Forks Public Schools and a volunteer softball coach at Central High School.
When voters go to the polls in the June 8 primary election in northeastern North Dakota, they will cast ballots for special measures ranging from establishing ambulance districts to whether to continue electing certain county officeholders. The elected officeholder question will be on the ballot in Walsh County. If voters agree, the 2010 election would be the last for choosing the county auditor, county recorder and county treasurer.
HILLSBORO, N.D. -- Traill County voters will decide in June -- for the third time since 2008 -- whether the county should build an addition to the county courthouse. Only this time, it may not cost local property owners much money because federal economic stimulus funds are available to cover the proposed $2.16 million bond issue. Taxpayers would be liable for just 55 percent of the interest paid on the bond, which could be spread over 15 or 20 years.
LAKEWOOD, N.D -- It was the last week in April 2009 when Kenny Hall and his son, Darin, started digging up Kenny's backyard to raise it by 4 feet in an effort to prevent the rising Devils Lake from reaching the foundation of their historic Chautauqua house built in the late 19th century. But the lake rose 3½ feet by mid-June, and water started seeping into the home's crawl space. By the end of the summer, Kenny and Barbara Hall were pumping water out of that crawl space. They were dealing with black mold. Doors were shifting and wedging, making them difficult to open or close.
DEVILS LAKE -- If Harry Hansbrough were still alive, he'd likely be mighty proud this weekend. So might former President Theodore Roosevelt. Together, they were credited with forging a political deal more than a century ago to have what has been described as an architectural marvel built in this community -- the historic federal building known today as the Old Post Office Museum. The federal building opened 100 years ago Sunday, on April 4, 1910.
The ice-covered Devils Lake has hit a new record elevation. The elevation of 1,450.76 feet that was recorded at 10 a.m. Friday is considered a provisional record, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. But hydrologists say the reading likely is accurate. "There's no reason not to believe it at this point, but it's not officially a record until we get someone there to verify the data," said Steven Robinson, supervisory hydrologist with the USGS in Bismarck. And there's no reason to believe the lake will stop rising over the next couple of months, at least.
With the 2010 Red River flood fight winding down, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is trucking emergency supplies for 20,000 potential flood victims out of North Dakota. The trucks, which have been at Grand Forks Air Force Base since March 19, will be moved to national logistical caches for possible use in other areas, including the flood disaster unfolding in the Northeast. The supplies include emergency generators, communications equipment and enough cots, blankets, personal hygiene kits and food to accommodate 20,000 refugees for five days.
Motorcoach Industries will hire 100 employees, including 55 at its factory in Pembina, N.D, as part of a new contract to build 70 luxury buses for Greyhound. Delivery of the new coaches will begin in June, and Greyhound has an option for another 30 vehicles, said Tom Sorrells, president and CEO of MCI, based in Schaumburg, Ill. "It's gratifying that Greyhound has once again turned to MCI for its equipment needs," he said.
Craig Fugate, Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator, will visit the Devils Lake Basin this spring to take a firsthand look at the flood-threatened region. Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., made the announcement Tuesday while touring the region and visiting with county, city and tribal officials. "In most every other community across the state, we've dodged a bullet when it comes to potential flooding," Conrad said.