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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MICHIGAN, N.D. -- An emergency $1.5 million project to divert flooding sheet water away from this Nelson County community and surrounding farmland could be done in 2010. While locals welcome the news, they complain that it's four years and $1 million or more overdue. "Too little. Way too late," Nelson County Water Resource District Chairman Ben Varnson said this week. Much of northern Nelson County has been flooding for the past several years, the result of a prolonged wet cycle that began in the Devils Lake Basin in 1993.
The Grand Forks County Commission will decide in January whether a proposed $2 million, three-story complex for the homeless can be built on an underused parking lot on the 300 block of South Fourth Street. Prairie Harvest Mental Health is proposing to build a 14-unit residential housing project, along with main-floor administrative offices and fitness facilities.
WARREN, Minn. -- A hearing was canceled Tuesday in Marshall County District Court in a civil suit filed by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency against a rural Thief River Falls dairy. Judge Donald Aandal refused to hear the case, which now is being transferred to Judge Kurt Marben in neighboring Pennington County District Court, according to the court administrator's office. The MPCA is suing The Dairy Dozen, doing business as Excel Dairy. The dairy, which opened in 2007, is located in Marshall County, just a few miles outside of the city of Thief River Falls.
HATTON, N.D. -- Eighty years ago, a 100-day, international search was under way for famed Alaskan pilot Carl Ben Eielson, whose airplane was lost during a rescue mission of a trading ship, the Nanuk, icebound in frozen Arctic waters 90 miles north of North Cape, Siberia. This weekend, residents of Hatton -- Eielson's hometown -- will observe that anniversary with a Christmas Open House at his boyhood home, the Hatton Eielson Museum. The event will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The grand, three-story, six-bedroom home is a treasure trove of Hatton and Eielson family history.
BISMARCK -- The Red River Joint Water Resource Board approved Thursday spending as much as $500,000 to help repair Clausen Springs Dam, which was threatened by the flooding Sheyenne River this past spring, forcing the evacuation of the community of Kathryn, N.D. The contribution is part of an estimated $3 million project to fix the dam, which may include a side channel spillway. The dam was built in the late 1960s on a tributary of the Sheyenne in Barnes County. The flooding in April caused extreme erosion just downstream from the dam.
DRAYTON, N.D. -- This community will celebrate its 22nd Old-Fashioned Christmas this weekend with a newfangled twist -- events will be streamed online to expatriates and neighbors worldwide. In addition to watching the Tree of Lights Ceremony and Nativity programs at the H.G. Johnson Memorial Hall, organizers hope to connect people with ties to Drayton with local merchants, perhaps inspiring them to do some of their holiday shopping back home. "We're encouraging people to check in.
Mayville (N.D.) State University could be adding a nurse education program to its curriculum next fall. About 35 people attended informational meetings in Mayville this week to measure interest in the Dakota Nursing Program at Lake Region State College in Devils Lake. "I'm very optimistic that by the fall of 2010 that we'll have the Lake Region nursing program up and running here," said Keith Stenehjem, MSU vice president of academic affairs.
Trish McQuoid was elected mayor of Minnewaukan, N.D., in a special city election Tuesday. McQuoid defeated Stephen Chase 57-6, according to unofficial results. In addition, Shane Monda was elected to a vacant City Council seat. Monda polled 46 votes. Several people received write-in votes for both posts, election officials said.
The Grand Forks County Commission approved a restructuring of the county Sheriff's Department on Tuesday. The restructuring comes after the death last month of Maj. Mike Fonder, who died after a long battle with cancer. Fonder, who held the position of chief deputy, had been with the department for 31 years. Capt. Bob Rost was promoted to the rank of major and the position of chief deputy, effective Tuesday. Under the new structure, which takes effect Jan.