Kevin Bonham covers regional news, mostly from northeast North Dakota, for the Grand Forks Herald. A North Dakota native who grew up in Mandan and Dickinson, he has been a reporter or an editor with the Herald and Forum Communications for more than 30 years. Find his articles at: www.grandforksherald.com. He welcomes story ideas via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone, (701) 780-1110.
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NECHE --The elementary school in Neche, a small Pembina County community just south of the Canadian border, is closing this spring. The last day of classes at North Border Neche Elementary School will be May 26. The school has 51 students in K-6 and 13 in Pre-K.
CANDO, N.D. -- Gary Rader was in Saudi Arabia in early December 1990, serving in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm with the North Dakota National Guard's Cando-based 132nd Quartermaster Company, a water purification unit, when his wife, Nancy, gave birth to their daughter, Annie, back home in Towner County Medical Center.
RUGBY -- A Rugby implement dealership will receive a $1 million federal loan to build a John Deere equipment facility. The loan, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program, was approved recently for Moure Equipment, doing business as Gooseneck Implement.
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- A Crookston sunflower seed producer is voluntarily recalling some packaged sunflower kernels after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration linked potential listeria bacteria to the Crookston plant.
COOPERSTOWN -- Three Griggs County Building Authority members will resign after a settlement in the dispute over an unfinished courthouse and emergency operations center was reached. The Griggs County Commission and Building Authority agreed Tuesday to drop civil lawsuits against each other. The decision was reached during a mediation session, County Commissioner John Wakefield said.
DEVILS LAKE -- Officers say a Devils Lake woman attempted to stab one deputy with a knife and hit others with a shovel while trying to escape from custody twice in four days -- once while being allowed to use the bathroom. Jennifer Lynn Robinson, 29, is scheduled to make a first appearance Monday in Ramsey County District Court on charges of possession of a controlled substance, criminal attempt and preventing arrest or discharge of other duties, all Class C felonies.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- Since reaching a modern-day record high elevation of 1,454.3 feet above sea level five years ago--after a nearly 32-foot rise over the previous 18 years--Devils Lake has been falling, rather gradually. By freeze-up this past winter, the elevation had dipped to 1,450 feet. That's halfway to the benchmark of 1,446 feet, the elevation at which the state shuts off pumps installed to prevent a natural and potentially catastrophic overflow.
CRARY -- The Ramsey County Commission wants the North Dakota Health Department to conduct unannounced inspections of Dakota Dry Bean's pea processing facility in Crary after residents complained about residue they claim is coming from pea flour production. Residents said the pea dust is coating cars, lawns and houses, -- inside and out -- which is creating a health hazard.
DEVILS LAKE -- Paul Deegan has become something of a thorn in the side of the Ramsey County Commission. Deegan is the husband of Denny Deegan, who was fired in August 2014 from her position as operations administrator of the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center.
COOPERSTOWN, N.D.--A mediation session has been scheduled May 3 in a civil case between Griggs County and the County Building Authority over the financial responsibility of the unfinished $3.5 million Griggs County Courthouse/Emergency Operations Center. The time and place have not been determined. In January, Southeast District Judge Jerod Tufte set a December jury trial in the case. However, he also directed the parties to make a "good faith attempt" at mediation in an effort to avoid a trial.