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Grand Forks man ponders war that took great-great grandfather’s life

July 5, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Kjersti Johnson’s death at the age of 71 “came very suddenly,” the Hillsboro Banner reported in 1933. Ray Holmberg of Grand Forks, a state senator and retired high school guidance counselor, has heard stories about Kjersti recently from an elderly aunt in Colorado. As he learned about her, he thought about the tragic clash between Dakota Indians and white settlers 150 years ago and how the wound has festered. Continue Reading

GF-Traill rural water expands service

June 22, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks Traill Water District is planning a $5 million project to extend rural water service to about 150 new customers in Grand Forks and Traill counties. The rural water district recently received a $3.7 million grant through the North Dakota State Water Commission to provide water to people who now have access only to well water with nitrate and arsenic levels that may exceed state and federal limits. Continue Reading

Traill County starts recruiting residents to Oil Patch

March 1, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The Traill County Economic Development Commission began a new marketing campaign Thursday to attract people now struggling in the western North Dakota Oil Patch with a simple message: “Housing. Jobs. Family life.” The three-month campaign is targeting people who are financially affected by the rising cost of living; those who feel at risk and those no longer satisfied with the lifestyle or culture. Continue Reading

Grand Forks EDC wins agri-business grant

February 17, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation has received a $54,350 grant to complete an extensive study and assessment of agri-business opportunities within Grand Forks, Nelson, Traill and Walsh counties. Continue Reading

Highway Patrol to conduct saturation patrol

January 11, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The North Dakota Highway Patrol, Southeast Region, will conduct a saturation patrol of Cass, Richland, Barnes and Traill counties Friday and Saturday. Continue Reading

S.D. Hutterite colony to build in Traill County

December 17, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Despite protests from some neighbors, a Hutterite colony likely will start construction in the spring in southern Traill County.
On Wednesday, the Bohnsack Township Board approved the plans by Hutterite families who are breaking off from a colony near Mitchell, S.D., to form the Spruce Lane Colony.
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A quiet N.D. deer opener

November 4, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Longtime game warden Gary Rankin marks 35th deer seasonWith a work area that covers about 3,000 square miles and includes Grand Forks County and parts of Traill, Steele, Griggs, Walsh and Nelson counties, N.D. Game and Fish Department game warden Gary Rankin will log a lot of cab time in his unmarked pickup by the time deer season ends Nov. 20. Friday marked his 35th deer opener. Continue Reading

Traill County Courthouse project gains traction

October 4, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

It’s been a long time coming, but Traill County is starting to see the light at the end of the hallway in an effort to resolve a problem with cramped, outdated offices. Continue Reading

N.D. to distribute $1 million for weed control

July 30, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The state Department of Agriculture says it will distribute more than $1 million dollars among counties and one city for noxious weed control over the next two years. Continue Reading

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Haircut lawsuit settled in Traill County, ND

December 10, 2010 in INFORUM

Traill County Social Services has agreed to pay more than $26,000 to settle a suit brought by parents who said their young children were wrongfully given haircuts and placed in protective custody during a drug investigation. Continue Reading