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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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The national champion University of North Dakota men's hockey team and its 2016 title trophy arrived in Grand Forks at about 3:15 p.m. Sunday, to the boisterous cheers of 300-some fans who braved 38-degree temperatures and 35-mph winds at Grand Forks International Airport.
CAVALIER -- Construction is expected to begin in July on the long-awaited $2.3 million Pembina-Walsh Livestock Processing Plant. The meat locker, which will be owned by area producers and other investors, should be operational by February or March of 2017, said Julius Wangler, a Grafton, N.D., livestock producer and board chairman.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- The six local governments participating in the operation of the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center may be asked to double their annual contributions to help keep the regional jail open. That's one of several proposals presented at a five-county meeting Thursday as the LEC board deals with the consequences of a recent steep decrease in inmate population. About three dozen people attended the meeting.
GRAND FORKS -- Could it be that being born in a blizzard prepares a child for just about anything in life? The sons of two women who gave birth at the former St. Michael's Hospital in Grand Forks during the historic blizzard of March 1966 provide some evidence of that.
PEMBINA, N.D.--The Pembina County Water Resource District finally should get its day in court next month in a 12-year-old civil lawsuit against a Manitoba municipality over a border road between the U.S. and Canada. The trial, which was scheduled to start Feb. 22 in Canadian federal court in Winnipeg, has been postponed until April 4. The 34-mile road dike runs along the Canadian side of the border between Pembina and Neche, N.D.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. --A proposed convention center/hotel project could be successful in Devils Lake, but it likely would face some challenges, according to a recent study. Such a convention center would have the best shot at succeeding if it would be attached to a hotel and accommodate groups of 100 to 150 people, Steve Powell, CEO of Destination Services, St. Charles, Mo., told Devils Lake civic leaders this week in a preliminary report.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- Jim Davis was a college student, living with his family in Devils Lake, when the Blizzard of March 1966 reached the city. The city was hosting the regional Class B high school basketball tournament that week. While the storm struck western North Dakota much earlier, it didn't reach Devils Lake until late in the afternoon, he said.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is taking another step in her efforts to address issues North Dakotans may have with rural mail delivery service. The U.S. senator from North Dakota initiated an online Fix My Mail survey Tuesday. The survey includes six multiple-choice questions, plus a section to share personal stories of challenges North Dakotans have had with their mail delivery and service.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- Facing budget issues resulting from a trend toward lower inmate populations, plus increasing regulations, the five-county Lake Region Law Enforcement Center is seeking additional funding sources to help the facility break even financially. The board agreed this week to invite county commissioners, area legislators and other stakeholders to an upcoming meeting, possibly in March.
COOPERSTOWN, N.D.--Griggs County Central School Principal Timothy Stathis has been placed on paid administrative leave after officials said he was unwilling to do his job. The School Board made the unanimous decision Friday in a special meeting just eight days after voting unanimously in favor of not renewing Stathis' contract, which expires June 30. "He turned in his keys," Superintendent Meghan Brown said.