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The Grand Forks region is forecast to cool down next week—and the lower temperatures could mean a quick return to winter precipitation. That's right, snow is possible Wednesday and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. "It is still very uncertain," said National Weather Service Meteorologist Jim Kaiser. "It is very normal to have that potential in the middle of April in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota." Temperatures in the 50s are expected this weekend before things cool down, Kaiser said.
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., announced Thursday that SkyWest Airlines, flying for United Airlines, will restore a longstanding early morning flight schedule from Devils Lake and Jamestown to Denver starting June 1. The flight will depart from Devils Lake at 5 a.m. and Jamestown at 6:30 a.m., according to a release from the senator's office. "The early morning flight was the most popular for travelers from Jamestown and Devils Lake because it opened up greater opportunities for connecting flights in Denver," Hoeven said in the release.
The United Way of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and Area is hoping to "move the needle" on poverty in the Grand Forks community. "People in poverty have issues everyday, and there are a lot of organizations working to try to help people get by and to help people get out of poverty," said Phyllis Johnson, interim CEO and President of the United Way. "But we still have a relatively high level of poverty in our community, and that's not good for anybody." The United Way will host a Poverty Summit on April 25 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church.
Overland flooding has closed parts of two Grand Forks County roads. County Road 11 closed Monday and County Road 5 closed Tuesday night, said County Engineer Nick West. Both closures are a few miles southwest of Manvel. "The Turtle River started flowing into the Red River yesterday; that's what is over both those roads," West said. The next county road that West said he is worried about is County Road 18 between Interstate 29 and the Red River. "Countless township roads are closed," West said.
Grand Forks County residents may soon be getting a visit from sheriff's deputies. The Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department is going door-to-door in areas of the county the department believes are at risk of flooding in the coming weeks, the department said in a release. Sheriff's deputies are visiting with property owners in the hopes of getting their contact information in case an emergency situation arises during the flood.
Nelson's Pumpkin Patch in Emerado, N.D., could start selling beer, wine and other alcohol if Grand Forks County gives the OK. The Grand Forks County Commission recently reviewed an application from Carrie and Todd Nelson for a liquor license to use at their location. The pumpkin patch has been operating for 23 years, Carrie said. The Nelsons are hoping to expand services outside of the pumpkin patch. "We're hoping to try various events, like arts and crafts or a ladies night event with wine and painting," Carrie said.
Extreme winter weather paired with flooding in parts of the Midwest has led to delays for the BNSF Railway Company, and for commodities shipments. From March 16 to 22, the most recent dates available, almost 1,500 orders have been unfilled for between one and 10 days, and 1,886 orders are 11 days past due, according to a BNSF status report. During the same period in 2018, 80 orders were between one and 10 days past due, and only one order was past due by 11 days, BNSF reported.
Circle of Friends Humane Society has seen one of its largest influxes of animals ever, and is seeking help. Lauralee Tupa, executive director of Circle of Friends, said that since January, the humane society has taken in 100 more animals than at this time last year. Last year, the humane society had 2,469 animals come through, which was the most it had ever had. "We've had an influx, way higher than we've ever seen," Tupa said. "We're just seeing more and more animals come through our facility."
Overland flooding has begun to cause road closures in Grand Forks and Polk counties. As of Monday, affected areas include Thompson, Emerado, Kempton and Forest River in North Dakota. By midday Monday, floodwater was about 30 yards from some homes on the corner of 10th Avenue Northeast and 15th Street Northeast near Thompson.
A new study suggests that if you live in Minnesota or North Dakota, you may be less stressed than people living in other states. Minnesota is the least stressed state, according to the new study by personal finance website WalletHub. North Dakota didn't fall far behind in the study, ranking as the fourth least stressed in the country. WalletHub compared work-related stress, money-related stress, family-related stress and health-related stress in all 50 states. North Dakota has the second most average hours worked per week, according to WalletHub.