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DRAYTON, N.D.—A man drives through downtown Drayton in a pickup truck, a small boat in tow behind him. "Oh, he'll need that," Mayor Chip Olson said, laughing. The driver, Ryan Woinarowicz, farms on the other side of the river in Minnesota. "At some point, Highway 220 will go under and he'll have to take the boat over to town," Olson said. These are normal springtime activities in Drayton and much of the Red River Valley as communities along the river prepare for flooding.
As the snow piles slowly melt and forecasters warn of a spring flood, many in Grand Forks are looking forward to the summer months. Although summer construction on DeMers will displace some events typically held in Town Square or North Third Street, the Downtown Development Association says the events will all still be downtown. Katie Rehder, marketing and event coordinator for the DDA, said that although things will be shifted from their normal spots, they are looking for ways to continue expanding.
The Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation honored Steve Burian with the Impact Award on Thursday. "He is one of the most visible and effective community leaders we have here in Grand Forks," said Keith Lund, president and CEO of the EDC. "Steve has really demonstrated his effectiveness as a community leader." The EDC had its annual meeting Thursday afternoon in the Alerus Center. The Impact Award recognizes an individual making a positive impact on economic growth in the Grand Forks region.
UND and Northland Community and Technical College students have a chance to sit down with someone they hope to be like one day. By participating in "Career Conversations," students can spend an hour with someone in the profession they're studying. "This gives students an opportunity to talk to someone in their desired field, and it is a great networking opportunity," said Dusty Hillebrand, director of Job Service in Grand Forks. "It often leads to internships, too."
Grand Forks County is one of the best places to own a home in North Dakota, according to a recent survey. The county ranked second in the state according to a study by financial technology company SmartAsset. The "breakeven" point, when the costs of renting are greater than the costs of buying, is 3.2 years in the county. Grand Forks County is second to Golden Valley County, where the average home price is $241,867 and the "breakeven" point is 3.1 years. In Grand Forks County, the average home price is $284,263.
The gas station on Ralph Engelstad Arena Drive has changed ownership and now is Casey's General Store. The gas station, formerly called University Station, has been Casey's since March 1, said store manager Shannan Hoselton. Casey's is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., which is an hour later than the University Station gas station was open, Hoselton said. The gas station still has a car wash. This Casey's features pizza, subs, wraps, donuts and soft serve.
Gas prices in North Dakota and Minnesota have increased about 8.5 cents per gallon the past week, a trend experts say will continue into late spring. Prices at the pump usually start to increase after Valentine's Day and continue to climb until April or May, according to Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for fuel price tracking company GasBuddy. "Last year, prices peaked around Memorial Day weekend, but it may be closer to April this year," DeHaan said.
North Dakota and Minnesota are ranked as two of the best states for doctors. According to personal finance website WalletHub, Minnesota is the fourth best state to practice medicine. North Dakota is the 10th best state for doctors. Minnesota was ranked the second best "medical environment" in the county. North Dakota was ranked 27th. Minnesota has the fourth-lowest malpractice award payout amount per capita and the least expensive annual malpractice liability insurance. North Dakota has the fifth most hospitals per capita.
Thief River Falls residents, business owners and commuters are invited to provide input on the 2020 reconstruction project on Highway 1 and Highway 59. The Minnesota Department of Transportation will host a public meeting to discuss the future project on April 4 in the Imperial Room at Englestad Arena in Thief River Falls, the department announced in a release. The meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m., according to the release.
Edgewood Healthcare will break ground on a 40-acre senior housing and health campus on the south end of Grand Forks. The entire project will take about eight years to complete and cost between $30 million and $40 million, said Edgewood President and CEO Phil Gisi. Work on the urgent care clinic will start this spring and work on the assisted-living facility will begin this fall.