Park River Area School District plans school improvement project

Bond referendum vote set for Nov. 18

PARK RIVER – On Nov. 18, voters in the Park River Area School District (PRAS) will go to the polls to approve or reject a bond referendum for a $8.9 million school improvement project. The process began back in January, 2014 when the district set out to develop a strategic plan with the goal of developing a plan for buildings […]


RRR Council holds meeting at St. John’s

Sen. Heitkamp keynote speaker at annual event

GRAFTON – The Red River Regional Council (RRRC) held its annual meeting Tuesday at St. John’s Parish Center in Grafton. RRRC board president and Park River Mayor Dan Stenvold was the master of ceremonies for the event. RRRC director Dawn Keeley presented an overview of the council and what they do on a daily basis. Created in 1973 the RRRC […]

Car accident causes power outage

Some areas without service for more than five hours

COUNTY –A car accident on Walsh County Road 11 east of Grafton last Wednesday put the communities of Grafton and Oakwood in the dark for quite some time. According to Grafton City Administrator Nick Ziegelmann the outage occurred when a vehicle struck a power pole snapping the Minnkota transmission line that feeds the city of Grafton. The accident on what’s […]

Alco Stores Inc. files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

No definite plans for Grafton store yet

GRAFTON – It remains unclear if the bankruptcy filing of a national department store chain will affect a Grafton business. Alco Stores Inc. filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy on October 12. According to bankruptcy papers filed in Texas, the company is pursuing either liquidation or sale of the company which currently operates 198 stores in 23 states across the United States, […]

This week is Severe Winter Weather Awareness Week

Governor Dalrymple declared Monday, October 27 through Friday, October 31, “Severe Winter Weather Awareness Week.” North Dakotans are encouraged to prepare their homes and vehicles for winter weather. While the danger from winter weather varies across the country, nearly all Americans, regardless of where they live, are likely to face some type of severe winter weather at some point in […]

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Marvin Windows and Doors recognized as most ethical large company in the country

Marvin Windows and Doors was awarded the 2014 American Business Ethics Award (ABEA) by the Foundation for Financial Service Professionals during an awards presentation on Tuesday in Warroad, Minnesota. Marvin was chosen as the winner in the large company category for exemplifying high standards of ethical conduct in the workplace, the marketplace and the community. “It is an honor to […]

Grafton blood drive set for Veterans Day

A United Blood Services blood drive will be held on Veterans Day in Grafton. The drive, sponsored by the Fine Arts Club is scheduled on Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the fellowship hall and classrooms at Grafton Lutheran Church. Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be […]

Nov. 9 pancake breakfast fundraiser for Bechyne hall

The Bechyne Heritage Hall Fall Fundraiser Pancake Breakfast will be held Sunday, Nov. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mass will be heard at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church at 8:30 a.m. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice and coffee. A free will offering will be taken for the meal. Everyone is welcome to attend. Bechyne Heritage […]