Ken Chase / Forum News Service
FORT TOTTEN, N.D. — Voters on the Spirit Lake Reservation overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure to allow alcohol sales at its resort and casino. Held as part of the Spirit Lake Nation's elections Tuesday, May 7, 588 voters said yes to the change, with 311 opposing it, according to election certification documents. Some tribe members argued that Spirit Lake Casino & Resort would be in a better position to compete with businesses in nearby Devils Lake.
GRAND FORKS — A man is dead after getting into a fight with police officers, stealing a squad car and getting into a crash with a truck while traveling north on Interstate 29 in Grand Forks. Officers were making a welfare check on a man at a south Grand Forks business Monday afternoon, May 6, when they learned that he had a warrant for his arrest. In the process of trying to remove him from a police car to take him into custody, the man became violent, attempting to disarm an officer and breaking the officer's holster in the process, Grand Forks police said.
ST. MICHAEL, N.D. — A northeast North Dakota couple is safe after getting stranded on an ice-covered lake while rescuing their dog Sunday, April 21. Joan Jacobs and her boyfriend were on Mallard Lake when she noticed their dog had fallen through the thin ice. They slid out onto the lake in a small rowboat attached to the shore with a makeshift line made of rope and extension cords, but got stuck after saving the dog. Devils Lake Search and Rescue was called out to rescue the couple and the dog from the lake.
BISMARCK — The overall number of sexually transmitted diseases reported in North Dakota increased last year, according to new data from the North Dakota Department of Health, but one infection in particular stands out. New state figures show a nearly 42% increase in gonorrhea cases between 2017 and 2018, and the increase was most drastic in adults 30 to 44 years old, where state health officials found a 66% jump.
GRAND FORKS — The home of a northeastern North Dakota couple has the most environmentally conscious design of any house in the state, according to a national nonprofit that evaluates and certifies 'green' structures. While hundreds of buildings in North Dakota are certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, a single-family home in south Grand Forks has the lone distinction of being platinum certified.
CAVALIER, N.D. — A truck driving down Main Street is probably the loudest thing you'll ever hear in Cavalier, a northeast North Dakota town of around 1,300 people. But that's exactly what's drawing people in.