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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COOPERSTOWN, N.D. -- Griggs County Central School Principal Timothy Stathis has been placed on paid administrative leave after officials said he was unwilling to do his job. The School Board made the unanimous decision Friday in a special meeting just eight days after voting unanimously in favor of not renewing Stathis’ contract, which expires June 30.
A community task force is crafting a proposal to convert unused and underused space at the Life Skills and Transition Center into a mixture of public and private uses.
The Thief River Falls Regional Airport Authority wants Boutique Air to take over its commercial passenger service. Boutique has proposed 18 round-trip flights per week between Thief River Falls and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, airport manager Joe Hedrick said. The airline would fly an eight-passenger Pilatus PC12 turboprop plane.
COOPERSTOWN, N.D.—Parents and students are protesting the Griggs County Central School Board's decision last week not to renew the contract of High School Principal Timothy Stathis, who is in his first year at the school. The School Board voted unanimously Thursday in favor of a recommendation from Superintendent Meghan Brown for nonrenewal of Stathis' contract when it expires at the end of June.
BELTRAMI, Minn.—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a project to install 16 rock riffle structures designed to reduce erosion in the Sand Hill River near Beltrami. The project is proposed by the Sand Hill Watershed District as an addition to a planned $1.6 million fish passage project that should be completed by 2017. The rock riffles would be placed near existing concrete drop structures and associated fish passage features, according to a news release from the Corps' St. Paul District office.
Authorities are searching for a vehicle that struck a pedestrian who was standing outside of his car after it slid off of a road and into a ditch in Mahnomen County, Minn., early Sunday night. According to a Minnesota State Patrol crash report, Mohamed Paya, 28, Fargo, was driving a 1994 Cadillac DeVille eastbound on Minn. Highway 113, just east of Waubun, Minn., at about 6:30 p.m. when the vehicle hit an icy patch and slid into the northbound ditch.
PARK RIVER, N.D.—Low-income homeowners in Park River may qualify for a potential housing rehabilitation project for owner-occupied houses. The city of Park River and the Red River Regional Council are seeking interested homeowners in the Walsh County community of 1,400. Application deadline is March 1.
Child care services hearing set A Minnesota legislative hearing on child care services will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at RBJ's Restaurant in Crookston. The House of Representatives hearing of the Select Committee on Affordable Child Care will be hosted by State Rep. Deb Kiel, R-Crookston. "Bringing the Select Committee on Affordable Care to our community will give folks an opportunity to share their input and ideas on how to improve access to child care in northwest Minnesota and across the state," she said.
A group of regional history buffs is launching a year-long exhibit and program to recognize fur traders that influenced North Dakota's past and culture.
DEVILS LAKE—Wrestling and girls hockey programs are safe from elimination in Devils Lake School District. The decision comes after the School Board examined a report Monday night on a two-year review of the programs. The programs were among six extracurricular activities that were scrutinized two years ago as the district looked to tighten its financial belt. The board ultimately eliminated four programs—boys and girls golf, girls soccer and cheerleading—at the end of the 2013-14 school year.