Sam Easter is a City Government reporter for the Grand Forks Herald. You can reach him with story tips, comments and ideas at 701-330-3441.
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The smell of fresh almonds and the click-clack of hockey practice filled the halls at Ralph Engelstad Arena on Thursday, tokens of a mountain of preparation snapping into place for UND's big hockey series this weekend.
Grand Forks residents, watch your mailbox: The campaign to hike the city's sales tax is putting an appearance in soon.
Health care is hard—complicated, expensive and oftentimes bound tightly to the toughest moments in a patient's life. This winter, the Herald wants to talk about it. We plan to publish a series on health care in the upper Midwest, and we need your help. If you've ever struggled with a deadly disease or serious, long-term illness, if you've ever found it hard to pay a doctor's bill or if you've ever been too overwhelmed by the complexity of health insurance to find good care, we want to hear from you.
Grand Forks leaders gave the OK to a new boutique at the downtown Corporate Center on Monday evening, where new tenant Ann Love expects to begin doing business by Jan. 1. The women's clothing store, run by Callie Schmidt, is opening a location at 402 DeMers, and won unanimous approval on leasing terms from the Jobs Development Authority—a city committee that has the same membership as the City Council, but also includes Mayor Mike Brown as a voting member.
The state Supreme Court still has to settle a case centered on Grand Forks' Arbor Park, but you wouldn't know if from looking at it. Barren but for upturned earth and heavy equipment, the park is headed toward construction—despite the lack of a high court ruling. "They're ignoring the legal process at this point," said Adam Kemp, a park proponent and artist. He was wheeling a large rock—once part of the park—down a nearby sidewalk on Monday afternoon, lamenting the park's destruction and wondering why its dismantling was coming before the court has its say.
Mounting tensions with North Korea, a rupture with a top Republican senator and warnings of World War III have left North Dakota and Minnesota politicians divided on President Donald Trump's leadership. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told the New York Times on Sunday he's worried President Donald Trump's style is risking "World War III," and that he behaves "like he's doing 'The Apprentice' or something." The Times, paraphrasing Corker, said the senator believes "nearly every" Republican senator feels as he does.
Grand Forks city leaders heard an update from consultants advocating for the future of Grand Forks Air Force Base on Monday evening—the first item on a light agenda that ultimately dominated the evening's discussion.
One block north of Grand Forks City Hall is the nondescript intersection of Fourth Avenue North and North Fourth street. Some residents call it "Fourth and Fourth"—and it has a reputation. A neighborhood child whispered it to family when a reporter asked about trouble spots. Another resident, concerned about crime, singled out a white apartment building on the corner. Others can rattle off its address without a second's hesitation.
It's been 20 years since the Flood of 1997 submerged much of Grand Forks, and city leaders say the catastrophe has been on their minds as hurricanes have ripped through southeastern Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. After 1997 floodwaters receded, Grand Forks was left reeling. Ruined belongings piled up on berms as residents took stock. In coming years, hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid poured into the community to help it recover and protect against the next time the Red River bursts its banks.
A tight knot of people cradled candles and commiserated along a DeMers Avenue sidewalk on Thursday evening, praying and remembering the lives of the more than 50 people killed in a Las Vegas mass shooting Sunday evening. Though the event was organized by Rabbi Jamie Serber, who spoke at length, the vigil was billed as a "multi-faith" event and drew remarks from Ojibwe and Muslim speakers besides the handful of others who offered prayers or thoughts in the wake of this week's violence.