April Baumgarten / Forum News Service
GRAND FORKS — The final push for selling Halloween costumes is upon retailers, and stores like Party City in Grand Forks are bracing for hordes of people to flood their spaces in hopes of finding that perfect getup. "We have Halloween on a Tuesday this year, so the majority of our sales will be the weekend before, which will be this weekend," said Michelle Moore, the manager of the Grand Forks Party City.
GRAND FORKS — The call for a congressional process that threatened to close Grand Forks Air Force Base in the past is gaining support, and Grand Forks needs to be ready to make its case if it happens, military experts said Wednesday, Oct. 11. "I think there is new momentum and I know DOD (the Department of Defense) probably is going to request it again next year," said Matt Borron, chief operating officer for the Association of Defense Communities.
GRAND FORKS — There is no doubt growing demand and international threats in the Arctic Circle deserve attention, a top military leader from Washington said Tuesday, Oct. 10, in Grand Forks. But there are challenges the Air Force faces in meeting those needs, and how the country goes about defending the Arctic gets complicated, he said.
GRAND FORKS — Questions linger in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shootings, many of which may take months for law enforcement to investigate and answer. But there are two questions that Americans ask every time there is a large loss of life: Why do mass shootings keep happening and how do we prevent them? The questions have gone mostly unsolved, or at least the moves made to solve them have not stopped assailants from carrying out mass shootings. Some are quick to call for gun control, while others say the country is in dire need of mental health reform.
Oil may be North Dakota's largest money maker when it comes to energy, but it certainly isn't the state's only source of income. North Dakota ranks sixth nationwide in energy production, according to the U.S. Energy and Information Administration. With almost 31.8 million barrels of oil, the Peace Garden State is the second-largest producer of oil, far behind first place Texas with 106.4 million barrels.
GRAFTON, N.D.—A South Dakota man who stole four head of cattle from a Walsh County rancher will avoid jail time if he pays more than $30,000 in restitution. Jeffrey Frank Fix, 55, of Bath, S.D., was sentenced Aug. 14 in Walsh County District Court for theft of property, a Class B felony, after he failed to pay almost $30,000 for three cows and a bull he purchased from the Jallo Angus Ranch of Fordville, N.D., according to a news release Monday, Aug. 28, from the North Dakota Stockmen's Association.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D.—A public information meeting for a proposed hog farm near Devils Lake has been set for Wednesday, Aug. 23, for residents to learn about the project. The 3 p.m. meeting at Lake Region State College will allow attendees to ask questions about Grand Prairie Agriculture and its proposal for a facility about 10 miles west of Devils Lake that would have the potential to hold roughly 2,700 hogs at once, not counting unweaned piglets from 360 sows.
GRAND FORKS — The Pentagon has approved a policy that allows military bases to defend themselves against invasive and threatening unmanned aircraft, including the potential to shoot down the machines. But military personnel say the recently issued guidelines are meant to protect the bases and clarify policy that has been in place for decades. Media outlets began reporting about the guidelines last week. The policy in its entirety is classified, Lt. Col. Jamie Davis, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Defense said in a phone interview from Washington, D.C.
North Dakota's harvest will be significantly less than last year's because of the ongoing drought, and though it's still early, the state's lead agriculturalist believes the economic impact could be worth billions of dollars.
GRAND FORKS — Walsh County needs nearly $30 million in road investments and maintenance for the 2017-18 biennium, according to a draft study from North Dakota State University researchers. This year, Sharon Lipsh's budget for the entire Walsh County Highway Department inches just above $3.8 million. After paying salaries, gas costs and other expenses, the highway superintendent expects road projects and maintenance will receive about $1.6 million—or about 5 percent of what the NDSU study suggests it needs.