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 banner headline in the March 18, 1941, edition of the Grand Forks Herald reflected the stark reality: 72 die in storm: 38 perish in N.D.; 28 in Minnesota. The March 15, 1941, blizzard, also called the Ides of March blizzard, ranks as one of the worst in the Red River Valley's recorded history and one of the most disastrous ever nationwide.
Crookston looks to expand landfill Polk County is proposing to expand its existing Gentilly (Minn.) Solid Waste Landfill, located 8 miles east of Crookston. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is seeking public comments as part of its environmental assessment, according to a report from KROX Radio. Comments are being taken through April 6.
Donor gives $5 million for new Baudette arena Baudette, Minn., is looking to build a new arena, thanks to an anonymous $5 million donation. The Lake of the Woods Community Arena Board explained the project in a recent open house event, according to a report in the Northern Light, Baudette's weekly newspaper. The board hopes to raise an additional $1.5 million for the project. While the arena will be used for hockey, it also would be rented for other functions.
CROOKSTON -- A GoFundMe page has been established for Amber Shablow, the 25-year-old Lake Bronson, Minn., woman who was struck by a semi early Sunday while walking along U.S. Highway 75 north of Crookston. Shablow was in satisfactory condition Tuesday at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, where she is being treated for several broken bones, including two broken legs and a broken arm, according to the GoFundMe site.
LARIMORE, N.D. -- A barn fire 5 miles north of Larimore claimed the lives of two horses and two sheep Tuesday morning. The barn erupted in flames before about a dozen firefighters from the Larimore Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene shortly before 9 a.m. “It was fully engulfed. Our effort was more just to keep it from spreading to the farmstead,” Fire Chief Ray Fegter said.
Grand Forks and Fargo set record high temperatures Sunday. In Grand Forks, a record 62 degrees was established at the National Weather Service office, breaking the mark of 59, set in 2000. Grand Forks International Airport set a record of 60 degrees, up from 58, also set in 2000, according to a report from the weather service. In Fargo, the mercury rose to 65, topping the 2000 high temperature record of 63.
Grand Forks and Fargo set record high temperatures Sunday. In Grand Forks, a record 62 degrees was established at the National Weather Service office, breaking the mark of 59, set in 2000.
PARK RIVER, N.D.—Park River Area School District residents celebrated a $11.4 million school renovation and addition project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house Sunday. The project included a renovation of the elementary classroom wing and administrative offices, plus a new gymnasium, lockers and school fitness center. School District voters approved the project in November 2014, with a 74 percent majority.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Arnold Ralston has been donating $300 to $400 a year to a popular nonprofit organization that provides services to wounded veterans. So when the 81-year-old Army veteran from Grand Forks saw a recent national news report alleging that the charity -- Wounded Warrior Project -- spent about $3 million on a four-day conference for about 500 staff members at a luxury resort in Colorado in 2014, he got so upset, he called the charity's Jacksonville, Fla., headquarters.
DEVILS LAKE—The six local governments participating in the operation of the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center may be asked to double their annual contributions to help keep the regional jail open. That's one of several proposals presented at a five-county meeting Thursday as the LEC board deals with the consequences of a recent steep decrease in inmate population. About three dozen people attended the meeting.