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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Grand Forks is featured in a new vintage-style military travel poster designed to highlight military bases, aircraft, ships, submarines and campaigns around the world—and beyond. The Grand Forks poster depicts a "Globalhawk" remotely piloted aircraft—similar to the RQ-4 Global Hawk at Grand Forks Air Force Base—flying over an artist's image of the Town Square and downtown skyline. The posters are designed to be keepsakes. Squadron Posters, a two-year-old family-owned company based in Oregon, has produced more than 700 different military scenes, which are available in poste
Shortly after assuming command of the 319th Air Base Wing at Grand Forks Air Force Base from Col. Paul Bauman Wednesday, Col. Rodney Lewis noted the ceremony was something of a deja vu experience.
The death of John Wilke, the Devils Lake jail inmate who was found dead in his cell just hours after being jailed last month, has been attributed to suicide. Wilke died of "mixed drug toxicity," from a lethal combination of drugs, including prescription medication and alcohol, Devils Lake Police Detective Sue Schwab said. Wilke, 42, was discovered unresponsive in his cell during an inmate check on the morning of May 16, about six hours after he had been booked into the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center for detoxification, according to police. The investigation into the death is continuin
Part of downtown Thief River Falls will change next year. A portion of the former Sanford Medical Center complex will be demolished to make way for a 143-unit apartment complex, according to a report in the Thief River Falls Times.
A fund drive to preserve and improve the movie theater in Park River, N.D., has met its initial $100,000 goal—just about one year after the theater reopened.
The Devils Lake Parks and Recreation Board will consider a limited ban on tobacco-use in city parks when it meets next month. Under the proposed policy, tobacco products would be prohibited on or near playgrounds or other Parks and Recreation outdoor areas where children are present. The proposal is patterned after a similar one in Williston, according to Devils Lake Parks and Recreation Superintendent Terry Wallace. "Basically, it is a limited tobacco-use policy, which isn't a ban on the whole park," he said.
Polk County is planning a major expansion to its incinerator in Fosston, Minn. The Minnesota Legislature's 2015 bonding bill included $8 million toward phase one of the project, according to a report in the Crookston Daily Times. Phase one, which requires matching local funding, will include major improvements such as building upgrades and new equipment at the Fosston facility, plus transfer stations in Hubbard and Beltrami counties. The regional solid waste facility, which currently serves Polk, Beltrami, Clearwater, Mahnomen an
The Devils Lake Airport Authority was awarded a $150,000 federal grant Friday to expand its runway safety area to accommodate jet aircraft. The funding, from the U.S.
A Warroad, Minn., woman was injured Thursday in a motorized dirt bike crash. Maninout Thipphavong, 25, was operating the 2012 Yamaha dirt bike at about 5:37 p.m. on Garfield Street in Warroad, crossing over Highway 11, when she lost control of the dirt bike and crashed in the intersection, according to a report from Minnesota State Police. Thipphavong was transported to LifeCare Medical Center in Roseau, Minn., where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, State Police said in the report.
The Devils Lake Regional Airport will use a $400,000 federal grant to widen its runway safety area to accommodate jet travel. The grant, and another one for $70,000, are part of the $8.5 million the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded to three North Dakota airports, the state's congressional delegation announced this week. The $400,000 grant to Devils Lake will be used to widen the runway safety area—the width or distance from the centerline to each side of the runway—from 150 feet to 250 feet, airport manager John Nord said. "We have jet service now," he said.