Forum staff reports
FARGO — The U.S. Postal Service has suspended mail delivery for Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota on Wednesday, Jan. 30, because of worsening weather conditions related to Polar Vortex Jayden. Postal operations are also being suspended in Iowa, western Wisconsin and western Illinois. Retail operations at local offices will be available, but may be limited. There will be no mail pickup from businesses or collection boxes. There also won't be residential or commercial package pick-up services.
FARGO — North Dakota authorities are warning drivers that black ice may be present on many roads, especially in high traffic areas. Black ice forms from the moisture tracked onto roads by vehicles and their exhaust systems. When temperatures drop rapidly, the moisture freezes into a smooth, nearly invisible surface, the North Dakota Department of Transportation and the North Dakota Highway Patrol said in a news release Tuesday, Jan.
MEDORA, N.D. — Due to heavy snow, the North Unit scenic drive of Theodore Roosevelt National Park was closed as of Wednesday morning, Dec. 26. While the scenic drive is closed to vehicle traffic, it remains open to foot travel. Meanwhile, the park's South Unit, East River Road is open, though all visitor centers are closed. All hiking trails in the park remain open.
TEA, S.D. — The first Hindu temple in the Dakotas now has an official opening date. The Hindu Temple of Siouxland in Tea, a South Dakota town southwest of Sioux Falls, is set to open Sunday, Oct. 14. The temple is said to be the first operational Hindu temple in the Dakotas. Efforts to build the South Dakota temple began in 2009 to accommodate a growing South Asian and Hindu community, Archana Chatterjee, chairwoman of the temple's board of trustees, previously said. The temple was scheduled to open Aug. 26, but heavy rain caused construction delays.
FARGO — If you notice a strange helicopter in the sky next week, don't be alarmed. The North Dakota State Water Commission is planning to conduct an aerial electromagnetic survey of aquifers in parts of Benson, Ramsey, Eddy, Nelson, LaMoure, Dickey and Sargent counties.
FARGO — All hay bales on North Dakota highway rights of way must be removed by Thursday, Nov. 1. Remaining hale bales after Nov. 1 will be removed as directed by the state district engineer. The bales need to be removed for snow management and safety reasons. North Dakota Century Code prohibits hay from being placed in the right of way except on the outer edge. Large round bales must not be placed on in-slopes or within 60 feet from the outside edge of the driving lane.
FARGO — William Hoehn's request to have his murder conspiracy trial moved out of Fargo has been denied. Hoehn, 33, had asked that his trial on conspiracy to commit murder be relocated to Burleigh County because of media coverage of the case. Cass County District Judge Thomas Olson rejected the request in an order filed Monday, Sept. 10.
FARGO - President Donald Trump will make a campaign stop in North Dakota "in the coming weeks," according to an article in the Washington Post. Citing a person familiar with the president's travel plans, the newspaper said Trump events in the coming weeks were planned in North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri, Montana, Kentucky and Tennessee. It would be Trump's second visit to North Dakota this summer. The president held a rally at Scheels Arena in Fargo in late June to boost his agenda and support Republican U.S.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The affiliation between Sanford Health and Good Samaritan Society has cleared government reviews without objection, and the organizations now plan to unite Nov. 1. The two organizations announced the latest in their planned union in a joint statement.
WAHPETON, N.D. – Authorities have identified an 84-year-old woman who was killed and two people who were injured in a home explosion Saturday, Aug. 4, west of Wahpeton. Mavis Onchuck, of Wahpeton, was killed in the blast, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Office. Cole Defries, 22, and Danielle Faller, 25, both of Wahpeton, were injured and were taken to a local hospital where they were treated and released, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.