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AREA NEWS: Law enforcement out in force to curb impaired drivers... Bake sale in Grafton... Crookston tries to entice businesses downtown... and more

Traffic signal maintenance The traffic signal at the intersection of DeMers Avenue and South Washington Street in Grand Forks will be worked on today, and a 4-way stop signs will be in place. Marshall County jobs will stay the same Marshall Count...

Traffic signal maintenance

The traffic signal at the intersection of DeMers Avenue and South Washington Street in Grand Forks will be worked on today, and a 4-way stop signs will be in place.

Marshall County jobs will stay the same

Marshall County (Minn.) commissioners defeated a motion to change the county recorder and auditor-treasurer positions to appointed jobs.

The offices will continue to be elected after about a dozen county residents voiced their opposition to the move.

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GF County Social Services receives award

Grand Forks County Social Services staff received an award for how it handles the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

The award was for having the lowest error rate among counties with more than 1,000 SNAP cases per month and was based on caseload size, percentage of SNAP caseload and quality control data. State Department of Human Services officials presented the award during an annual training and recognition event in Mandan, N.D.

Bake sale to be held for explosion victims

A bake sale has been set for Justin McMahan and Danielle Bissell from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 18-19 at Choice Financial in Grafton, N.D.

McMahan, 23, and Bissell, 22, were injured in a June 27 explosion that destroyed their home near Larimore, N.D. Samatha Bissell, an infant, died in the explosion.

Choice Financial employees also will be wearing jeans for a $5 donation and pink shirts in honor of Samantha.

Less aid, no alleys in Warren

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The Warren (Minn.) City Council decided to drop several planned summer projects because of a Local Government Aid cut of about $100,000 for 2011.

Upon learning the LGA would be reduced from $663,000 to $561,000, council members elected not to pave downtown alleys and make improvements to the city shop.

Crookston tries to entice businesses downtown

The city of Crookston is looking for downtown business district property owners who are interested in rehabilitating their commercial and residential rental properties.

If there is sufficient interest, the city will submit an application for a Small Cities Development Program. The same grant allowed the downtown area to remodel storefronts and make other improvements in 1993.

For the past two years, SCDP rehabilitation grants have helped to rehab homes in the Woods Addition, the first neighborhood to be removed from the 100-year flood plain by a certified flood control project. Sampson's Addition was the next to receive flood protection, but it hasn't been officially removed from the flood plain, a requirement for the grant.

Law enforcement saturation

Law enforcement across North Dakota will be out in force Aug. 18 to Sept. 5 in an effort to curb impaired drivers, according to the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

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From January to July 2011, there were 14 alcohol-related traffic deaths in North Dakota, a 53 percent decrease from the same period in 2009. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 39 percent of all traffic deaths last year involved alcohol.

Since the state developed its eight regional DUI task forces in October, there have been zero traffic fatalities during times of stepped-up enforcement.

Miracle Treat Day at GF DQ

The sixth annual DQ Miracle Treat Day is set for Thursday at area Dairy Queen and DQ Grill & Chill locations. Participating locations will donate $1 or more of the proceeds from the day's Blizzard sales, as well as Blizzard coupon sales, to Children's Miracle Network, benefiting Sanford Children's Hospital.

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