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Michigan, N.D., mayor resigns over “negative energy”

November 5, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

MICHIGAN, N.D. Mayor Bernie Linstad officially resigned Monday, three days after he and City Auditor Rita Hjelseth verbally quit and walked out of a Michigan City Council meeting. Continue Reading

Quilt Trail debuts today in Nelson County

October 26, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Barns and quilts are two of the images perhaps most associated with rural life. Today through Sunday, a tour of quilts painted on eight-foot wooden panels and hung on barns will debut near Michigan, N.D. Continue Reading

1945 train crash resonates still for families

July 20, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

U.S. Navy Ensign Rose Ellen Wilson was one of 34 people, 20 of them service members, who were killed when their stalled westbound passenger train was struck from behind by another passenger train on Aug. 9, 1945.
It was one of the worst rail accidents in U.S. history. Continue Reading

Faces and Places: Michigan woman paints barn quilt on farmstead building

July 15, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Sylva Daws painted the 8-by-8-foot Star of Eden quilt earlier this month and Greg, her husband, mounted it on a farmstead building on the east side of North Dakota Highway 35, a few miles north of Michigan. Continue Reading

Michigan, N.D., ambulance service opts for full-time emt over volunteers

June 3, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The Michigan Area Ambulance Service was on life support just a few months ago, a victim of a withering supply of volunteers. Local leaders found at least a temporary antidote in January, when the ambulance service hired Darren Schemionek to staff the operation full-time during the daytime, Monday through Friday, when most volunteers are at work. Continue Reading

Residents place memorial to train crash

April 15, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Better late than never is the unofficial motto for a group of local residents that will place a memorial to the Michigan Train Crash of 1945 in Veterans Memorial Park this summer. Continue Reading

Monument, in honor of Michigan, N.D., train crash of 1945, to be dedicated during Michigan Days

April 15, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Better late than never is the unofficial motto for a group of local residents that will place a memorial to the Michigan Train Crash of 1945 in Veterans Memorial Park this summer. The granite monument will be dedicated July 21 during the annual Michigan Days. Continue Reading

Image of a brother: Northwood man finds memories in Depression-era photo

April 11, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Maybe you remember the picture and the unfinished story that went with it. More than 70 years ago, toward the end of the Great Depression and just before America entered World War II, famed American photographer John Vachon traveled through North Dakota, looking for images of what the country and its people were like at that great transitional time. On a sidewalk in a little Nelson County railroad town, he found a boy in a wagon. Continue Reading

BOY IN A WAGON: Photo sleuth seeks to ID subjects of Depression-era photo

December 3, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

He would be close to 80 years old now, maybe 82. He was a tall boy, a child of the Great Depression, but in 1940 he possessed a wagon and a jaunty cap, the sort that Spanky wore in the “Our Gang” movie shorts, or Jimmy Cagney in his “Roaring 20s” movies. Continue Reading

Voters to decide on Michigan Spillway flood control project

August 5, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald

LAKOTA, N.D. Landowners have until Aug. 16 to vote on a $2.66 million Michigan Spillway flood control project that could divert pooling sheet water away from the city of Michigan, N.D., and relieve about 40,000 acres of agricultural and rural road flooding in Nelson County. Continue Reading