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Roadwork: North Dakota Highway 66 will be closed Monday through Thursday from Interstate 29 east to North Dakota Highway 44 to work on the railroad crossing, the North Dakota Department of Transportation said. A detour will be put in place at exi...

Roadwork: North Dakota Highway 66 will be closed Monday through Thursday from Interstate 29 east to North Dakota Highway 44 to work on the railroad crossing, the North Dakota Department of Transportation said. A detour will be put in place at exit 184, the Herrick interchange.

Crawford hired:/b> The North Dakota Department of Human Services has hired Joseph "Jay" Crawford to lead the department's disaster preparedness, response, and recovery efforts.

Crawford will coordinate efforts with the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services and FEMA. He also will represent North Dakota and serve as its liaison when federal Small Business Administration and FEMA officials conduct preliminary damage assessments in communities.

Crawford holds a master's degree in environmental science from North Dakota State University. He was the OSHA Safety and Health Consultant at Bismarck State College. From 1986 to 1996, he was manager of loss control and risk management for the N.D. Insurance Reserve Fund.

'News and Views:' The Middle Snake Tamarac and Red Lake watershed districts and the Red River Watershed Management Board will host KFGO's Joel Heitkamp's "News & Views" radio show and KFGO Cruiser at the Red River Joint Water Resource Council (RRJWRC) meeting, July 21 in East Grand Forks. The "News and Views" program will broadcast from 9 to 11 a.m. on AM 790.

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The Red River Joint Water Resource Council will hold its annual meeting from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Blue Moose Grill in East Grand Forks.

After the meeting, the Red River Watershed Management Board and the Middle Snake Tamarac and Red Lake watershed districts are hosting a media and information tour departing at 1 p.m. The tour will include water projects near Warren, Minn., and Euclid, Minn., and return to East Grand Forks at 4 p.m.

Online grants: Twenty-six North Dakota libraries, including Grand Forks Public Library, are eligible to share in $191,750 in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to increase and sustain free, quality public access to computers for their patrons. Other eligible libraries include Adams Mini Library, Carnegie Regional Library and Park River Public Library in Walsh County, Rolla Public Library in Rolette County, the Heart of America Library in Rugby, Aneta Public Library in Nelson County and the Griggs County Library.

Lottery winner: Tiadanelle Huus of Grand Forks recently won $20,000 playing the Minnesota State Lottery's Kitty Cash, Doggie Dough Doubler scratch game. The winning ticket was purchased at Eastside Express, 122 Fourth St. N.E., East Grand Forks. Players can find out the winning numbers 24 hours a day by calling (651) 634-1111.

School supplies and coats: The Salvation Army is collecting school supplies for kids in Grand Forks County and the city of East Grand Forks. Coats for Kids runs Monday through Aug. 16.

Businesses willing to serve as collection sites may call (701) 775-2597.

After Aug. 16, you can still donate slightly used, and cleaned winter coats, caps, mittens, gloves, snowsuits, snow pants and boots to the Salvation Army until Oct. 20.

The Salvation Army will distribute the school supplies Aug. 13-14. Coats will be distributed Oct. 27-28.

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Tea party: The group Americans for Constitutional Government will hold a tea party at 3 p.m. Sunday in the main shelter by the pool in Sherlock Park, East Grand Forks. For more information, call (218) 773-2154.

Whitey's gathering: The annual Buxton, N.D., gathering at Whitey's in East Grand Forks will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. For more information, call (701) 772-3139.

Greenway races: The Ta-Ta Crusade 5K walk/run fundraiser sponsored by the Red River Runners is set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Riverside Park in Grand Forks.

Both women and men are encouraged to take part in the best bra contest. Only bras worn on the outer layer of clothing will be judged

For more information e-mail Stacy at redriverrunnersgf@yahoo.com .

The Altru Health System & YMCA Cats Incredible half marathon starts at 8 a.m. Aug. 1 along the Greenway. A route map will soon be available at www.gfymca.org .

Entry fees before July 27 are $25 for adults, $15 for youth; they're $30 and $20 respectively after July 27.

Registration will be accepted by mail postmarked July 25 or at the Grand Forks YMCA Family Center. Y-members can register on-line at www.gfymca.org on the front of the home page. Nonmembers can register at www.active.com . Race day registration will be permitted until 7:30 a.m. Aug. 1.

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