Kevin Bonham covers news from northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota 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 nearly 30 years.
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Thief River Falls Annexation plans: Thief River Falls is growing, and needs more housing for current and prospective residents.
UND's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence will begin training pilots for the Predator unmanned aerial vehicle being used by the Air Force and Air National Guard in surveillance and armed reconnaissance in wartime Iraq and Afghanistan. Under the $50 million Air Force contract, UND will work with a team of global defense and aviation technology companies on the project. The private sector partners are Crew Training International, Science Applications International Corp., XVionics and BGI-LLC. The training program will begin Oct. 1.
CAMP GRAFTON SOUTH, N.D. -- David Dvorak used a hand-held remote-control device to maneuver the BTE Super Hauler from one end of the makeshift runway to the other. "How many knots?" he asked. "Fifteen. Twenty. Twenty-three." "The wind's too strong. We'll have to shut her down," he replied. "I feel pretty bad, but safety is the number one priority." The UND mechanical engineering senior and a dozen colleagues were trying Tuesday to launch what looked like an overgrown model airplane -- a 48-pound, 10-foot-by-12-foot Unmanned Aerial System -- for the first time.
COOPERSTOWN, N.D. -- A 13-mile 230-kilovolt electric transmission line connecting the proposed $300 million community-owned 157-megwatt Luverne Wind Farm with a Minnkota Power Cooperative transmission line took a step closer to reality Monday.
MICHIGAN, N.D. -- The community of Michigan is swelling with people and pride this weekend, as it celebrates its 125th anniversary. Many in the town of 345 who moved away years ago are returning to find a few changes around the community. Some of the old fixtures are gone now -- the Michigan School closed years ago, as did the Johnson Store. More recently, Johner's Fairway closed its doors. People visiting are finding, though, that rather than lamenting the losses, residents have been successful in making sure the community remains vibrant. The old school is full of activity.
MINTO, N.D. -- As the aroma of grilled burgers and hotdogs wafted through the air Thursday evening, people started lining up in front of Minto Electric Co. on Harvey Avenue. Minto residents, their families and their neighbors needed little prompting. The community barbecue has become a Thursday evening staple this summer. It started June 5.
Grand Forks County placed a six-month moratorium on the placing of digital billboards outside Grand Forks. Not that it's an immediate issue. County Planner Lane Magnuson said there have been no requests to place digital billboards in rural Grand Forks County. He asked for the moratorium to discuss digital billboards and plan for them, rather than react after they show up. The issue was raised after Newman Outdoor Advertising, Jamestown, N.D., recently placed a digital billboard at the intersection of DeMers Avenue and Washington Street.
WALHALLA, N.D. -- Against the backdrop of the scenic Pembina Hills, the Keystone Pipeline inches its way southward, construction advancing at a rate of a mile or two a day. As of Friday, the pipeline had been extended just less than 20 miles south of the U.S.-Canadian border.
The community of Michigan, N.D., is within $15,000 of its $140,000 goal to reopen the only grocery store in the town of 345. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development office is offering a $70,000 grant if the community can match that amount, local leaders said. That should be no problem, they said. Area residents are so enthused that 17 families have donated $1,000 each.
Did the 2006 PT Cruiser Bob Sullivan won in a July Fourth Sertoma Club contest have a previous life -- as a stolen vehicle? After doing some vehicle history research, he thinks that's a possibility. That's why he kept the vehicle for fewer than four days; selling it back to the Sertoma Club member he got the car from for $10,000. "I was just sick over the whole thing," Sullivan said. "I got it Friday night (July 4) and sold it back Tuesday (July 8)." Sertoma, which bought the car from a Grand Forks car lot, maintains the vehicle has a clear title. "I've got a title coming.