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, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone, (701) 780-1110.
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Hillsboro seeks school complex sponsors Hillsboro (N.D.) School District is trying to raise about $150,000 in sponsorships for its $1.5 million sports complex. The district recently sent letters to local businesses, asking for their help in paying for a baseball field scoreboard and to help finance equipment purchases for the Hillsboro-Central Valley track team, according to a report in the Hillsboro Banner.
PISEK, N.D. -- For the first time since it was built in 1892, the doors of St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church are locked. But the church hasn’t closed. It remains a vibrant part of this Czechoslovakian community of 100. “It’s sad to think we’re going to have to lock it,” the Rev. Prasad Marneni said. “Not locking it speaks to the faith and the goodwill of the community.”
DEVILS LAKE—Mercy Hospital in Devils Lake and several others health care facilities operated by Catholic Health Initiative in North Dakota have been renamed CHI St. Alexius Health. The name change went into effect Monday under a regional health care system.
DEVILS LAKE—The city of Devils Lake is preparing for possible legal action against a food container production company in an effort to recover a $2 million economic development investment. Ultra Green, a Twin Cities company that converted wheat-straw pulp into biodegradable food containers and other products, used the $2 million investment to purchase and equip the former Noodles by Leonardo pasta plant in Devils Lake's west end industrial park.
Metis culture the topic of talk today near Cavalier Recapturing and preserving the history of the Metis people is the topic of a panel discussion today at the Pioneer Heritage Center at Icelandic State Park, near Cavalier, N.D. The event, sponsored by the Northeastern North Dakota Heritage Association, is part of a yearlong exhibit and program on the Metis culture and its influence on the region today. The panel discussion begins at 2 p.m. The heritage center will be open 1 to 5 p.m.
CRARY, N.D. -- The Ramsey County Commission wants the North Dakota Health Department to conduct unannounced inspections of Dakota Dry Bean’s pea processing facility in Crary after residents complained about residue they claim is coming from pea flour production . Residents said the pea dust is coating cars, lawns and houses, -- inside and out -- which is creating a health hazard.
DEVILS LAKE -- Paul Deegan has become something of a thorn in the side of the Ramsey County Commission. Deegan is the husband of Denny Deegan, who was fired in August 2014 from her position as operations administrator of the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center. Denny Deegan, who was on medical leave at the time of her dismissal, filed a discrimination complaint against the LEC board in September 2014 with the North Dakota Department of Labor and Human Rights. The case remains unresolved.
EGELAND, N.D. -- Strong winds fanned the flames of a massive grass fire Wednesday between Egeland and Cando, N.D., as volunteer firefighters worked to keep it from spreading. The fire in Towner County was just one of many blazes that have started in recent weeks throughout North Dakota as extremely dry conditions persist, prompting a succession of countywide burn bans.
COOPERSTOWN, N.D. -- A mediation session has been scheduled May 3 in a civil case between Griggs County and the County Building Authority over the financial responsibility of the unfinished $3.5 million Griggs County Courthouse/Emergency Operations Center. The time and place have not been determined. In January, Southeast District Judge Jerod Tufte set a December jury trial in the case. However, he also directed the parties to make a “good faith attempt” at mediation in an effort to avoid a trial.
COOPERSTOWN, N.D. -- A mediation session has been scheduled May 3 in a civil case between Griggs County and the County Building Authority over the financial responsibility of the unfinished...