Subzero temperatures escalate the importance of maintaining healthy cattle. Amping up the amount of feed helps keep the cows warm. In fact, last week, the cows seemed oblivious to the cold as they alternately dove their muzzles into the feed troughs, raised them to chew the feed and curiously studied the strangers talking to their owners.

2. UND research seeks to help accurately predict snow totals in blizzards

UND Associate Professor Aaron Kennedy stands in front of the camera he developed to photograph snowflakes. Sydney Mook / Forum News Service
UND Associate Professor Aaron Kennedy stands in front of the camera he developed to photograph snowflakes. Sydney Mook / Forum News Service

As yet another winter storm hits the Red River Valley, forecasters are looking to more accurately predict just how much snow will fall and where, but high winds and storm movement often make that a difficult task. A research team at UND is aiming to help with that weather data.

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3. Game and Fish confirms eight new cases of chronic wasting disease in North Dakota

File photo of an emaciated deer in Iowa County, Wis., that was confirmed to have chronic wasting disease. Photo/ Wisconsin DNR
File photo of an emaciated deer in Iowa County, Wis., that was confirmed to have chronic wasting disease. Photo/ Wisconsin DNR

All of the eight positives were antlered deer taken from areas previously known to have CWD – six from unit 3F2 in south-central North Dakota and two from 3A1 in the northwest part of the state, said Charlie Bahnson, wildlife veterinarian for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Eastern North Dakota remains free of the disease.

4. Grand Forks School Board expected to vote Tuesday on future of West Elementary

(From left) Chris Horn with sons, Gavin and Ethan; Amanda Walker with daughter Bella, left, and son Gavin; Heidi Lamb-Castle, and Manu are supporters of West Elementary School. They are among numerous West families and staff members who are advocating for the school to remain open. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
(From left) Chris Horn with sons, Gavin and Ethan; Amanda Walker with daughter Bella, left, and son Gavin; Heidi Lamb-Castle, and Manu are supporters of West Elementary School. They are among numerous West families and staff members who are advocating for the school to remain open. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

The Grand Forks School Board is expected to vote on the future of West Elementary School at its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 21. The school district administration has presented the board with two options: to close West or to keep it open and “blend” it into an upcoming citywide referendum vote, according to Bill Palmiscno, board president.

5. Grand Forks game store may need to close doors, with owners on hook for lease

James May, co-owner of Broken Sentry Games, says "he doesn't see how the store makes it past February." Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald
James May, co-owner of Broken Sentry Games, says "he doesn't see how the store makes it past February." Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald

A Grand Forks game shop is looking at having to close its doors as customers continue to shift to making purchases online. The all-but-certain closure could leave the owners stuck paying the lease for the next two years.

6. UND rallies past Miami to open up eight-point lead atop the NCHC standings

Miami looks for a puck on top of the crease in front of UND goalie Peter Thome on Saturday in Goggin Ice Center in Oxford, Ohio. Photo by Amy Moore / Miami athletics.
Miami looks for a puck on top of the crease in front of UND goalie Peter Thome on Saturday in Goggin Ice Center in Oxford, Ohio. Photo by Amy Moore / Miami athletics.

Brad Berry and Chris Bergeron played a cat-and-mouse game all weekend. Bergeron, Miami's head coach, tried to keep his top line away from UND's shutdown line of Gavin Hain, Mark Senden and Cole Smith. Thanks to having last line change as the home team -- the ability to wait to see who UND puts on the ice after whistles -- Bergeron was mostly successful.

7. ND Attorney General issues cease-and-desist on widespread 'Irish Traveller' construction scams

Sean Patrick Gorman, 26, is one of two “Irish Traveller” scammers charged Jan. 17, 2019, by North Dakota law enforcement in a series of rural/farm construction scams, with at least a half-dozen victims. One rancher, a widower in the North Dakota badlands, paid at least $1.89 million, influenced by telephone romance. Photo supplied by McLean County law enforcement.
Sean Patrick Gorman, 26, is one of two “Irish Traveller” scammers charged Jan. 17, 2019, by North Dakota law enforcement in a series of rural/farm construction scams, with at least a half-dozen victims. One rancher, a widower in the North Dakota badlands, paid at least $1.89 million, influenced by telephone romance. Photo supplied by McLean County law enforcement.

Officials have charged two people described as “Irish Travellers” in racketeering and other felony charges for targeting ranchers and other rural residents in construction fraud, with one victim alleged to have been scammed of $1.89 million.

8. Sharing the trapping tradition: When it comes to the outdoors way of life, Rick 'Critter' Olson comes by his nickname honestly

Rick "Critter" Olson says he's been hooked on trapping since 1978, when he trapped his first weasel, but his outdoors pursuits extend to hunting, fishing and sharing his knowledge with others. Brad Dokken / Forum News Service
Rick "Critter" Olson says he's been hooked on trapping since 1978, when he trapped his first weasel, but his outdoors pursuits extend to hunting, fishing and sharing his knowledge with others. Brad Dokken / Forum News Service

For Rick "Critter" Olson, the challenge and attraction of trapping is trying to outwit an animal that’s keenly aware of its natural surroundings in hundreds, if not thousands, of acres, and getting it to step onto the 2-inch metal pan that trips the jaws of a trap. Being successful, he says, is all about hard work, paying attention to details, studying the habitat, the traits and the habits of whatever he’s trapping and learning to see tracks and other signs most people overlook.

9. Walsh County jury finds Steven Donald Aune guilty

Steven Donald Aune
Steven Donald Aune

After more than six hours of deliberation across two days, a jury has found Steven Donald Aune guilty of manslaughter. A date for his sentencing has not yet been set, and he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

10. It's East revisits West, as business contingent retraces tracks from 2010 North Dakota initiative

Call it a business trip or call it economic sightseeing. Or, like Grand Forks/East Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce CEO Barry Wiflahrt, call it a “trade mission.” By any name, Wilfahrt said he’s looking forward to a trip of community and business leaders out west to exchange ideas – and, likely, business cards – to build stronger economic ties and open new opportunities between Grand Forks and western North Dakota.