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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WARREN, Minn.—A 25-year-old Devils Lake man was sentenced Tuesday to more than 8 years, most of it in prison, for the stabbing death of a Viking, Minn., man. Ray Erick Littlewolf Jr. pleaded guilty last month to first-degree manslaughter, a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison for the March 14 killing of 64-year-old Ronald Dale Foss, who was found dead in his rural Viking home.
WARREN, Minn. -- A 25-year-old man who earlier pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with the March death of a Viking, Minn., man was sentenced in Minnesota’s Ninth District Court...
Park River school construction under way Park River (N.D.) Area School District is moving ahead with a major construction project this summer. The School Board decided to proceed despite the fact that bids came in about $3.1 million over the original $8.9 million estimated price tag, according to a report in the Walsh County Press. Local voters approved the original project last November with a 74 percent majority.
Five conservation and recreation projects in northeastern North Dakota are among 19 projects totaling $4.4 million in Outdoor Heritage Grant funds approved this week by the State Industrial Commission. The funding, generated from oil and gas production tax revenue, supports projects such as access to public and private lands for sportsmen, farming and ranching stewardship practices, fish and wildlife habitat preservation, and outdoor recreation areas. "The Outdoor Heritage Fund is an important tool in our state's efforts to preserve our natural resources and enhance our recreational oppor
Air travel has really taken off in Devils Lake over the past year. The 4,537 boardings in the past 12 months—since jet service began between Devils Lake and Denver—represents the second-highest annual total in the past decade at Devils Lake Regional Airport, according to the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission. The 458 passengers at Devils Lake in May is the third-highest monthly count at the airport. "The numbers keep climbing," Mayor Dick Johnson said. "That's quite a turnaround, especially since we were without air service for four months a year ago." Johnson met with Sen.
MINNEWAUKAN, N.D.—For the most part, Minnewaukan has weathered the worst of a two-decades-old Devils Lake flood that had threatened to wash the community away. Some $20 million has been spent—virtually all of it from federal or state programs—in the past four years to move infrastructure and buildings to higher ground. The trophy prize is a new $10.6 million Minnewaukan Public School built a couple of miles away in what is now referred to as the Streifel Addition. "If we didn't get that money, there'd be no school.
The annual Devils Lake Solutions Water Tour is planned for June 17. The tour, sponsored by the Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resource Board and the North Dakota Water Education Foundation, will make several stops around the 3,810-square-mile basin, which has endured two decades of flooding that has cost more than $1 billion. Devils Lake rose more than 31 feet to a record elevation of 1,454.4 feet above sea level between 1993 and 2011.
The Devils Lake City Commission will review a development agreement next week with the company that plans to build a $200 million, 20,000-barrel-per-day oil refinery on the west edge of Devils Lake. The city is accepting public comments until noon Thursday, according to City Administrator Terry Johnston. The refinery, similar to one that just opened in Dickinson, would process oil from the Bakken Formation of western North Dakota, converting it to low-sulfur diesel fuel, which would be marketed in the region for use in agriculture and construction equipment. When fully operational, the pr
The Devils Lake City Commission will seek proposals from developers interested in building an events center in the city. The city had been working for more than a year to bring in a convention center at the old Wal-Mart site and a wellness center at Lake Region State College.
MINNEWAUKAN, N.D.—A Memorial Day incident in which a car had plunged down a 50-foot embankment and caught fire was crucial for the Minnewaukan Fire Department. A passerby had already had...