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GRAND FORKS -- The region finally has broken away from its glacial temperatures, but the National Weather Service in Grand Forks said residents of the city and neighboring East Grand Forks likely will face only nuisance flooding. The Red River in East Grand Forks measured at 27.26 feet Thursday morning, April 19, and was expected to hit minor flood stage at 28 feet by sunset. It could rise to near 37 feet by early Tuesday morning and crest between 35 and 38 feet between Sunday and Thursday.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Game and Fish Department urges spring snow goose hunters to monitor on- and off-road travel conditions as light geese begin to move through the state in large numbers. While much of the snow that remains will likely disappear this week, moisture left behind may still make travel difficult on section line trails, unimproved roads and harvested grain fields where hunting might take place.
BISMARCK — A Bismarck attorney running for the North Dakota Supreme Court has asked for a rehearing after justices upheld disciplinary action taken against him. Robert Bolinske Sr.'s petition for rehearing, dated April 3 and sent to reporters over the weekend, called the state Supreme Court's March 20 decision "disgraceful and intellectually dishonest." Bolinske, who once called himself a "brawler" on the campaign trail, warned he would take his case to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.
CAVALIER, N.D.—The 55-year-old man who was killed Friday, April 13, when his all-terrain vehicle left a rural road in Pembina County and was thrown has been identified. The crash victim has been identified by the North Dakota Highway Patrol as Dean Becker of Cavalier. He was driving his four-wheel, all-terrain vehicle on 134th Avenue Northeast, about 7½ miles northwest of Cavalier, when he left the road, entered a ditch and encountered rough ground, ejecting him from the vehicle, according to Sgt. Ryan Panasuk of the highway patrol.
FARGO — Game On, an arcade-style entertainment venue, and Legacy Sweets, a bulk candy and retro soda store, are the latest businesses to announce plans to open in West Acres Shopping Center. Game On will open in the space formerly home to Johnny Rocket's in the food court. According to a West Acres blog post earlier this month, the arcade will feature the "latest in themed video games, innovative redemption games, self-merchandisers and more."
DULUTH — The Winnipeg Jets were supposed to fly into Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Saturday, April 14, but had their charter flight diverted to Duluth because of a massive spring snowstorm that converged on the Twin Cities. Air Canada Flight 7017 arrived in Duluth a little after 2 p.m. Saturday and headed back to Winnipeg a little after 4:30 p.m. According to workers with Monaco Air, the team stayed on the plane, waiting in Duluth hoping things would clear up.
PIERRE, S.D. -- Ahead of what has been billed as a “potentially historic” April snowstorm from the National Weather Service, a number of weather closures and cancellations were made Friday.
SCOTTSDALE, AZ — A graduate from the University of North Dakota has been confirmed as one of the victims in a plane crash in Arizona. Erik Valente, 26, graduated from the Aviation Management program at UND in 2009. Valente was piloting the plane that crashed on a golf course after taking off in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, April 9. All six people on-board were killed. The aircraft, a Piper PA24, originated from Scottsdale Airport and was headed for Las Vegas.
CHICAGO — Gas prices are rising with the national average at $2.68 per gallon of regular unleaded, the priciest since July 2015, according GasBuddy's figures Thursday morning, April 12. The crowd-sourced gas price compiler said the sudden surge can be blamed on oil prices surging to nearly $67 per barrel, the highest level since 2014, on fears of military action in Syria and trade conflict with China.
FARGO -- High school soccer players and parents in Fargo are fighting to change the girls season from spring to fall, citing discrimination. Kerry Wynne, the mother of Fargo Davies player Tasha Wynne, started a petition to have the North Dakota girls season switched from the spring to the fall -- similar to what is done in Minnesota where boys and girls teams have fall seasons.