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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DEVILS LAKE -- A defendant is seeking to be dropped from a wrongful death lawsuit filed in connection with an October 2005 fatal traffic accident in which the driver of a vehicle drowned in Devils Lake after her car left U.S. 281 near Minnewaukan, N.D. Ramsey County District Judge Lee Christofferson is considering a motion to dismiss Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson Inc., an engineering firm, from the suit filed by the family of Tanya Broden.
MINNEWAUKAN, N.D. -- Benson County rejected a proposal Tuesday for a residential housing development adjacent to Grahams Island State Park. The County Board voted 3-2 against a zoning variance that would have allowed the development. Commissioner Curt Hvinden, whose district includes Grahams Island, made the motion. He was joined by Commissioner Lowell Haagenson. Commissioners Mike Steffan and David Davidson voted against the motion.
MINNEWAUKAN, N.D. - Benson County rejected a proposal today for a residential housing development adjacent to Grahams Island State Park. The County Board voted 3-2 against a zoning variance that would have allowed the development. Commissioner Curt Hvinden, whose district includes Grahams Island, made the motion. He was joined by Commissioner Lowell Haagenson. Commissioners Mike Steffan and David Davidson voted against the motion.
The Red River Basin will flood this spring. It's just a matter of when, where and how much. While early National Weather Service forecasts indicate the potential for -- not the certainty of -- major flooding in the valley, veteran flood planners understand the risk. That risk certainly is higher in the Devils Lake Basin, a sub-basin of the Red River Valley, where the National Weather Service is predicting a 99 percent chance record flooding.
When it comes to efficiency and effectiveness, the Grand Forks Public Health Department is the apple of local government's eye. "It just works," Grand Forks County Commissioner Gary Malm said Friday. The city and county merged their health departments in 1981. Department employees work for the city. The county contracts with the city for county services, Public Health Director Don Shields said. "We were able to increase the efficiencies by pooling resources," he said.
Grand Forks city and county officials Friday agreed informally to expand the city's Public Information Center to include county government. The goal is to improve communication between the city and the county, as well as the public, according to Grand Forks City Councilman Curt Kreun. "We've got an information center," he said. "Maybe we can offer our services to the county, for press releases, public announcements, meeting schedules.
A recent National Weather Service forecast of a 90 percent chance that Devils Lake will reach an all-time high elevation this year -- creating severe flood risks for the city of Devils Lake, the Spirit Lake Nation and other areas -- is based on nearly 60 years of climatological data. "We seldom see such a high probability of exceeding record levels," Scott Dummer, hydrologist in charge at the National Weather Service's North Central River Forecast Center, Chanhassen, Minn., testified Tuesday at a hearing on Devils Lake flooding before the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, c
A bill designed to help universities and communities find alternative uses for unused or underutilized buildings passed the North Dakota House 63-28 Tuesday. HB 1460 now goes to the House Appropriations Committee. If approved, the bill would provide state grants to assist the institution and commu-nity in the transition to an alternative use, according to the bill's sponsors, Rep. Lee Kaldor, D-Mayville, and Rep. Rick Berg, R-Fargo. The bill could have practical use in Mayville. Gov.
Grand Forks city and county planners offered a proposal Tuesday to roll back the city's zoning jurisdiction into rural Grand Forks County from four miles to two. Under the proposed agreement, the city would have zoning jurisdiction for all areas within two miles of the city, plus within 400 feet in both directions of the centerline of all paved public roads within the two- to four-mile zone not within city limits. The county would be responsible for all areas in the two-to four-mile zone.
Landowners along the North Branch of the Park River in Walsh County will meet Feb. 19 to discuss a project to plant trees, shrubs and grasses along a 9.3-mile stretch of the river northwest of Grafton. Meanwhile, civic leaders in Cavalier, N.D., are working to protect property -- including buildings -- in danger of falling into the Tongue River because of severe stream bank erosion. And a group of officials from Grand Forks, Nelson and Walsh counties is studying algae problems at Fordville Dam. The programs are part of the Red River Riparian Project, established in 1993.