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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The national champion UND men's hockey team and its 2016 title trophy arrived in Grand Forks at about 3:15 p.m. Sunday, to the boisterous cheers of 300-some fans who braved 38-degree temperatures and 35-mph winds at Grand Forks International Airport. Frozen Four MVP Drake Caggiula and his teammates hoisted the trophy skyward as they exited the Swift Air charter jet, then, led by coach Brad Berry, formed a line to shake hands, pose for pictures and sign a few autographs outside the Avflight terminal, before boarding UND shuttle buses for the trip back to campus.
The 30th annual Gardening Saturday attracted more than 450 exhibitors and participants to the Alerus Center. The event included exhibits and seminars covering virtually everything in and around the yard, from bees, birds and butterflies to growing mushrooms and making wine. Exhibitors came from across North Dakota and Minnesota, as well as South Dakota, Wisconsin and Manitoba, said Steve Sagaser, Grand Forks County extension agent. "It's the first time we've had wineries," he said.
Crowds celebrating the UND Fighting Hawks' eighth NCAA hockey championship did so in a raucous but relatively orderly fashion in Grand Forks late Saturday and early Sunday. However, police did receive some calls about vandalism, including a car that was flipped onto its side. Shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday, Grand Forks Police Department officers responded to a report of a large crowd of people gathering in the street and blocking traffic in downtown Grand Forks.
The UND NCAA Men’s Hockey National Championship memorabilia feeding frenzy began at noon Sunday when doors opened at the Sioux Shop inside Ralph Engelstad Arena. Hundreds of fans packed the store, with hundreds more lined up outside, waiting for a chance to spend their money on 2016 National Championship T-shirts, sweatshirts and more.
A national championship celebration of the North Dakota men’s hockey championship is set at 7 p.m. Monday at Ralph Engelstad Arena. The event is free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the program beginning at 7 p.m., the school announced this morning. Fans can enter the arena only through the main or southwest entrance entrances.
Crowds celebrating the UND Fighting Hawks’ eighth NCAA hockey championship did so in a relatively orderly fashion in Grand Forks late Saturday and early today. Few acts of vandalism were reported to police overnight. Shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday, Grand Forks Police Department officers responded to a report of a large crowd of people gathering in the street and blocking traffic in downtown Grand Forks.
Grafton shuts door on bee hives It looks as though Mike Leighton won't be keeping any bees in his yard this year. The Grafton, N.D., resident unsuccessfully sought to change a Grafton city ordinance that prohibits beekeeping within the city limits, according to a report in the Walsh County Journal. Leighton told the Grafton Ways and Means Committee last week he had bees last year and he was unaware of the ordinance until he was informed of the infraction by Police Chief Tony Dumas. Leighton said the bees benefit fruit trees in the neighborhood.
Two Polk County attorneys are vying for a state Senate seat that a northwestern Minnesota lawmaker has held for more than three decades. Kip Fontaine of Mentor, Minn., announced his candidacy for the state Senate at Saturday’s District 1 Democratic Convention in Thief River Falls. District 1 Republicans also have endorsed Mark Johnson, an East Grand Forks attorney, as their Senate candidate for the November election.
DEVILS LAKE—Devils Lake needs a small meeting and event center that accommodates 200 to 500 people. However, rather than building a new accompanying hotel, such a facility should be attached to an existing hotel and operated in partnership with the hotel to decrease risk. Those are the key findings of a study commissioned by the Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Office, along with the city of Devils Lake. The study also indicated that Devils Lake's lack of fine dining and nighttime entertainment options poses a challenge to such a facility.
Red Lake Falls farmer leaves $360,000 to agency The Northwest Minnesota Foundation has received a $360,000 gift from the estate of Charles Swanson, a longtime farmer from the Red Lake Falls, Minn., area. Swanson died in November at the age of 89. Born in Red Lake Falls, he attended school in St. Hilaire, Minn. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II and then graduated from Northwest School of Agriculture (now University of Minnesota-Crookston) in 1947.