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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The public health dental clinic, located at 212 S. Fourth St., in the old Deaconess Hospital, is designed to meet the needs of uninsured or underinsured clients in Grand Forks and Polk counties. But the demand has spread far beyond those borders. They're coming from as far away as Devils Lake and Bemidji. In its first 11 months, the clinic logged more than 4,100 patient visits by a total of 1,660 people -- 930 from 10 North Dakota counties and 730 from seven Minnesota counties.
Demand for oral health care is so acute that Grand Forks' only public health dental clinic is turning some patients away. Valley Community Health Centers Dental Clinic, which opened 11 months ago, is averaging 17 patients a day, including 6 to 8 emergencies -- patients who are experiencing intense pain. And that leaves little, if any, time for its staff to concentrate on one of its priorities -- dental hygiene education and preventive programs. "Our goal is to prevent problems, not just treat them," said Sharon Ericson, chief executive officer of Valley Community Health Centers, Northwood,
Near-record rainfall this fall is not dampening this year's scheduled completion of the Keystone Pipeline through North Dakota. "The rains delay the timeframe somewhat, but nobody really characterized it as too far behind. It sounds like the project is pretty close to on track," North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Tony Clark said. Clark toured the pipeline construction project Monday with state Sen.
Near-record rainfall this fall is not dampening this year's scheduled completion of the Keystone Pipeline through North Dakota. "The rains delay the time frame somewhat, but nobody really characterized it as too far behind. It sounds like the project is pretty close to on track," North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Tony Clark said. Clark toured the pipeline construction project today with state Sen.
WALHALLA, N.D. -- Some businesses and residents at the gate to the Pembina Gorge have posted signs in their windows proclaiming, "Bring Back the Elk." Although it's elk season, the posters are not lamenting the loss of the animals that roam these Pembina Hills because of a bountiful hunting harvest. Rather, they're bemoaning the removal of a life-size wrought-iron elk sculpture that shared a display with a moose on a raised triangle at the high-traffic intersection of N.D.
Grafton and Park River, N.D., have lost a funeral home. Tollefson Funeral Home has purchased Barnes Family Funeral Homes. The sale was effective Friday. Tollefson, owned by Michael and Michelle Such, is based in Grafton. It also has funeral chapels in Park River and Edinburg, N.D. All calls to the Barnes funeral home are being directed to Tollefson. "We're answering 'funeral home,' for now, until people know what happened, so they don't get confused," Michelle Such said.
NORTHWOOD, N.D. -- Tom Engen, daughter Jenna and sister Laurel Johnson took center stage Thursday on a Main Street filled with sidewalk superintendents, many armed with cameras and video recorders, capturing the end of an era.
LANGDON, N.D. -- In about three years, unmanned aircraft from Grand Forks Air Force Base will start flying high above the clouds over eastern North Dakota, some 6,000 to 20,000 feet above the towns of Langdon, Cando, New Rockford, Carrington and the rural landscape in between. The Air Force will be flying Predator and Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Systems, using the airspace to train pilots who will guide the aircraft from the ground miles away. People in Langdon and other parts of the region -- even pilots flying single-engine crop dusters or other small aircraft -- aren't likely to notice.
The Norman County Commission will try to secure funding to pave a road that is jeopardizing a specialty seed potato business in rural Halstad, Minn. The commission decided Tuesday to seek state approval to revoke a county state aid highway designation from a portion of a county road in the northern Norman County and to transfer that designation to a 1.5-mile section of County Road 102 in rural Halstad. If approved by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, County Road 102 would become County State Aid Highway 51, according to a spokeswoman in the county auditor's department. Sandi Aares
The Grand Forks County Commission on Tuesday struggled with water and snow removal issues. The commission decided to appoint a committee to study a longstanding rural water drainage issue in Hegton Township, northwest of Arvilla, N.D. Cameron Sillers, an attorney representing Clifford Haugen, a rural Arvilla farmer, said the county has a duty to resolve an issue involving a ditch along County Road 11. He claims three culverts along the road are too small to allow the natural flow of drainage. Haugen and a neighbor, Ed Shulz, have been feuding over the issue for several years.