Herald Staff Reports
Lange joins Alerus as Chief Credit Officer Alerus, Grand Forks, has announced that Debbie Lange has joined the company as Chief Credit Officer. With nearly 30 years of experience in the financial industry, with 10 years of experience in high level lending leadership roles, she will lead the company's lending management division, including the areas of commercial, consumer and small business lending, loan operations and mortgage underwriting. Farmers Union Insurance agents top producers
Conservation groups Friday wasted little time in criticizing the Bureau of Land Management's decision to weaken sage grouse conservation plans set in 2015. Panning the plan, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers in a news release said new federal management plans for habitat relied upon by the greater sage grouse in 11 Western states ease restrictions on potentially harmful industrial development and undo collaborative efforts that were years in the making.
Widseth Smith Nolting recognition, new hire Erin Johnson, a finance and accounting specialist in the Widseth Smith Nolting office in East Grand Forks, has been chosen as one of Prairie Business Magazine's Top 25 Women in Business for 2019. WSN aso elevated Johnson to shareholder status in 2018 and recognizes her as one of the firm's top professionals and next generation of leaders.
Lake of the Woods As of early this week, great reports continued to come in for walleyes and saugers, Lake of the Woods Tourism reported Monday in its weekly update. Many resorts along the south shore have moved their rental houses closer and are within 5 to 6 miles of shore. Even before the latest blizzard, there was lots of snow on lake, so it's best to stay on resort roads or trails. Anglers venturing out on their own definitely need extensions.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a massive package of public lands legislation made up of more than 100 individual bills that were introduced by 50 senators and several U.S. House members. Formerly known as the Natural Resources Management Act, the bipartisan bill, S. 47, was renamed the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act in honor of Dingell, a long-serving member of Congress who died last month at the age of 92.
Kragness SHRM certified University of Minnesota Crookston management lecturer Megan Kragness recently passed the Society For Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®️) certification exam. The exam signifies she meets the qualifications needed for human resources expertise in four human resource knowledge domains: people, organization, workplace and strategy. Woolsey of Edward Jones attends women's conference
Lake of the Woods Anglers continue to catch walleyes and saugers in 24 feet to 34 feet of water along the south shore, with some morning and late afternoon walleye action being reported in 15 to 20 feet of water, Lake of the Woods Tourism reports in its weekly update. Suspended fish are showing up on occasion, so anglers with electronics should keep an eye out for blips higher in the water column. Up at the Northwest Angle, look for walleyes in 22 to 30 feet of water, with the occasional sauger and jumbo perch in the mix, as well.
UPDATE: The Grand Forks Police Department has located Mindie Swanson alive, the department announced in a press release late Wednesday night.
A man was taken to the hospital after hitting a tree in a south Grand Forks neighborhood Wednesday afternoon. A black SUV was seen next to a tree on top of a snowbank near the corner of 20th Avenue South and South 20th Street about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Police said the man likely suffered some sort of medical emergency and ran into the tree. The officer said the car may have briefly been on fire, possibly due to the vehicle's tires spinning and creating heat. The Grand Forks Fire Department also responded to the call.
The Grand Forks Fire Department is asking residents to shovel out fire hydrants in their neighborhood. Recent snowstorms have left many hydrants covered in snow around town. In a recent Facebook post, the department is asking people to be a "hydrant hero" and shovel out the area around fire hydrants in town. "Every second counts when it comes to an emergency and Grand Forks hydrants are buried all around the city!" the department said.