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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DEVILS LAKE—A transitional living home for people with serious mental illness is opening this week in Devils Lake. An open house at the "Lake Cottage" transitional living facility, located in a former Movie Gallery video store building, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. Operated by Progress Enterprises Inc., a Jamestown-based program, in partnership with Lake Region Human Service Center in Devils Lake, the home will be staffed around the clock and serve up to eight adults at a time.
WARWICK, N.D.—Law enforcement agencies in two states are investigating a possible connection between a string of armed robberies late last year and a missing person case. Billy Joe Herman, 36, and Crystal Herman, 36, were sentenced in Traill County District Court in December in connection with an Oct. 30 robbery at a bar in Buxton, N.D. The couple also has been charged in connection with armed robberies or burglaries in Grandin, N.D., and Perley, Minn.
DEVILS LAKE—Calling child care availability a critical local economic development issue, the Devils Lake City Commission is directing a local committee to draft a business plan to reopen a community child care center in a city-owned building. The downtown building has been vacant for nearly a year after the Devils Lake Kids Preschool and Child Care Center closed last March. "There's a serious need, especially for infants," Mayor Dick Johnson said.
A UND committee is listening to oral presentations this morning from three firms competing to design the school’s Fighting Hawks logo. The university's Graphic Identity RFP Evaluation and Recommendation Team is hearing from Phoenix Design Works, SME Inc. and Summit Athletics Media, the three companies that were chosen last week from 16 original proposals.
HILLSBORO, N.D.—The Country Hearth Restaurant, which has been closed since a September fire, is for sale. The restaurant is listed for $175,000 on the Traill County Economic Development Commission website. The Country Hearth was the only full-service restaurant in this Traill County city of 1,600, located along Interstate 29, halfway between Grand Forks and Fargo.
DEVILS LAKE—Commercial airline service is approaching cruising altitude in Devils Lake, but it remains all but grounded in Thief River Falls, where the community continues to struggle with airline reliability. Commercial airline passengers—counting those both arriving and leaving—totaled 5,104 in Devils Lake in 2015. That's nearly double the number in 2013, and a 76.7 percent increase over 2014. "We're moving in the right direction," said John Nord, Devils Lake Regional Airport manager. "We had our busiest December ever with more than 600 passengers."
Langdon OKs regional water project The Langdon (N.D.) City Commission has approved a plan to join a proposed $24 million rural water system project, according to a report in the Cavalier County Republican.
The Grand Forks Police Department is seeking the public's help in investigating a rash of burglaries and criminal trespass incidents this month. Some 25 burglaries and seven criminal trespass complaints have been filed since Jan. 1, according to a news release from the Police Department. The incidents, which involve forced entry as well as unlocked building entries, have occurred citywide, Lt. Bill Macki said. The department is asking residents to report: • Suspicious behavior. • People walking through neighborhoods at night.
The Red River and Devils Lake Basin should not see any significant spring flooding this year as the El Nino weather pattern stretches through the late winter months. “The threat for significant, impactful, snowmelt flooding is low,” the National Weather Service and North Central River Forecast Center said in its initial 2016 Spring Flood Outlook, which was released Friday morning.
PARK RIVER, N.D.—The inaugural Regional Mayors Caucus in northeastern North Dakota will be held Wednesday in Park River. Park River Mayor Dan Stenvold and Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown will co-host the event, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Park River City Hall. "It is important that all communities in the region have the quality of life and economic opportunities to make them great places to live," Brown said. "What's good for regional communities is good for Grand Forks and vice versa. This summit will help us build