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. — Slowing freight demand has prompted Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway to lay off several dozen employees in North Dakota and western Minnesota. The layoffs, which some reports indicate may be nearing 100, generally have been spread between four yards: Grand Forks, Mandan, Minot and Dilworth, Minnesota.
CROOKSTON -- The suspect in last week's arson attack on a Somali business in Grand Forks has been arrested. Polk County Sheriff's deputies arrested Matthew William Gust, 25, East Grand Forks, late Monday night at a Super 8 Motel in Fosston, according to a news release from the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
NIELSVILLE — The Nielsville Bridge, a Red River crossing connecting Minnesota’s Polk County with North Dakota’s Traill County, closed this week after a hole formed on the bridge deck. The bridge, which averages about 400 vehicles daily, will remain closed until further notice. The two nearest Red River crossings are about 15 miles away by road to the north or south. “We closed it so that we can have the deck analyzed so we can determine what our next steps are,” said Richard Sanders, Polk County (Minnesota) engineer. Traill County (North Dakota) Road Superintendent Cory Martin said he rece
CROOKSTON — The recent closing of the American Legion Club in Bemidji surprised some veterans in the area, even though they also are experiencing the struggle to keep their clubs open in communities throughout the region. They’re trying special events, shortened or expanded hours, menu changes, community outreach and sometimes combined forces with other separate organizations in their efforts to remain viable. “We were surprised to hear about Bemidji closing,” said Paul Dubuque, commander of American Legion Post 20 in Crookston.
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The Red River topped flood stage this morning in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. At 11 a.m., the National Weather Service reported the Red River was at 28.81 feet, just higher than the flood stage of 28 feet. The 27-foot level is called the action stage, one in which city officials and workers begin to prepare for flooding. "We've got a long check list of thing that we have to do, closing valves, closing gates, things that people won't even notice," said Kevin Dean, Grand Forks public information officer. On March 5, the weather service forecast the probability of the Red River reaching
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The Red River topped flood stage this morning in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. At 11 a.m., the National Weather Service reported the Red River was at 28.81 feet, just higher than the flood stage of 28 feet. The 27-foot level is called the action stage, one in which city officials and workers begin to prepare for flooding.