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GRAND FORKS — Grand Forks County is handing out empty sandbags to residents concerned about potential flooding, particularly in rural areas. County sheds have more than 365,000 sandbags available, though they still need to be filled with sand. The shed on North Columbia Road in Grand Forks has about 10,000 available and is open Fridays from 7:30 to 11:30 am. “If they have areas of their home or property they want to protect, they have access to bags. It's not typically a product people have easy access to,” said Nick West, Grand Forks County Highway Engineer.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — After declaring a state of emergency this week in response to flooding, East Grand Forks city leaders are considering their next steps. Public Works Director Jason Stordahl says flood walls could be built in different spots around the city and access to Demers Avenue could potentially be cut off. But the city is still deciding on its plan and work won't start for at least a week.
GRAND FORKS — Edgewood Healthcare is preparing to break ground on a 40-acre senior housing and health campus in Grand Forks. It will be located in the south end of the city and will have twin homes as well as independent and assisted living apartments. A clinic could also be on site with walk-in hours. CEO Phil Gisi said the health campus is designed to make getting care a little easier for patients.
GRAND FORKS — The so-called "bomb cyclone" didn't stop emergency responders across the region, but it's made their job tougher. Firefighers say driving down residential streets can be difficult in their large trucks. They have pickup trucks that can plow some snow, but that doesn't always work. “In extreme cases we can call the public works and they will assign a plow to plow out that particular address for us,” said Capt. Delray Huot of the Grand Forks Fire Department. Sheriff's deputies also often need plow drivers to help get to 911 calls during blizzards.
GRAND FORKS — After needing to rescue drivers, Highway 2 was closed from Grand Forks to Devils Lake Thursday morning, March 14.
GRAND FORKS — It has been a tighter squeeze driving on streets in Grand Forks lately, and as crews prepare for the possibility of more heavy snow in the area, they're asking for room to work. The problem? Cars left on snowy streets overnight. "If you can get your car off the streets somehow it's beneficial to us and it's beneficial to the travelling public," said streets department manager Mark Aubol. The streets department said it plans to prepare for the storm by hauling snow out of Grand Forks to give drivers more room on the roads.
GRAND FORKS — People in Grand Forks gave police more than 150 pounds of unwanted medication Tuesday, March 12. The Battle of the Badges Medication Take Back took over 32nd Avenue South in Grand Forks while the Grand Forks Police, University of North Dakota Police and Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department collected 165 pounds of expired and unused medicine. For those looking to discard unwanted and unneeded medication year-round, there's a spot to drop them off on the main floor of the Grand Forks Police Department.
GRAND FORKS — As the spring thaw approaches, time is running out to get an insurance policy to cover any possible flood damage that may occur when snow melt causes the Red River to swell with water. It can take up to 30 days for a flood insurance policy to take effect, and major flooding on the Red River is likely this spring, according to the most recent outlook from the National Weather Service.
GRAND FORKS — A veterans memorial park could open this fall in Grand Forks. When completed, the park will have five shelters, a bathroom and benches. A memorial wall made of black granite will be the park's centerpiece. Organizers have raised more than $550,000 for the project in the last year and a half. “We have been blessed,” said park committee chair Al Palmer. “Now, we're not done with fundraising because . . . you're always going to need money. Our goal is to start construction of the park this year.” The grand opening is planned for September.
GRAFTON, N.D. — With the Park River just steps away from his home, Ron Kleven is concerned. "It keeps a person in suspense all the time. You don't know what's going to happen," said Ron Kleven, a resident of Grafton, a city of 4,000 around 40 miles north of Grand Forks. "In the last 20 years, I think we sandbagged twice. One year I had water right up to the steps."