Alco calls it quits

Grafton location to close by Jan. 31, 2015

About 3,000 Alco employees nationwide, including those in Grafton, will soon be out of a job after the chain recently announced it is closing all of its stores. The company, which has been in business for 113 years, filed for bankruptcy last month and said at the time that it intended to stay in business while reorganizing. In addition to […]


Minto council addresses ongoing water issues

Special meeting called to discuss city’s stance on drainage plans

Minto has perennially experienced varying degrees of flooding on the south end of town where the Forest River flows under two bridges on Highway 81. Now, due to increasing drainage from farmlands west of the city, city leaders have been drawn into several discussions regarding drainage, diking, ditching and diversions of water flowing from many different directions toward Minto. Proposals […]

Park River to break ground on new camping complex

RRRC approves grant for Phase 1

PARK RIVER – Construction projects are seemingly everywhere in Park River and next summer there will be one more. The Park River Park Board (PRPB) will begin Phase One of a multi-phase project that, if all plans come together, will see the east edge of the city developed into a multi-use recreational complex. The starting point for the project will […]

Chamber of Commerce holds annual banquet

Collette named Outstanding Citizen

GRAFTON – The Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual banquet at Marketplace on 8th Monday night and awarded Citizen of the Year to Cindy Collette. Grafton mayor Chris West presented the award to Collette with heartfelt tears of gratitude for her heroic and unselfish rescue of himself and his family after they were involved in a fiery automobile […]

Crane topples in Park River

According to the Walsh County Sheriff’s office on Nov. 18 at approximately 4 p.m. they received a report of a construction crane that had tipped over at a construction site on the east side of Park River. The location of the accident was at the new North Star Coop Agronomy center that is under construction directly south of the North […]

American Crystal crop estimate

The preliminary projection payment for Red RiverValley beet growers falls under expectations. American Crystal Sugar Company (ACSC) estimates the 2014croptobedownadollarfrom last year’s estimate of $38 per ton. ACSC president David Berg released the payment level to growers and shareholders in meetings held last week up and down the valley. Berg reported the $37 payment with a 23.3-ton-per-acre average yield was […]

Benefit planned Nov. 30 in Drayton for Bob Steenerson

The Drayton Knights and area churches will host a benefit for Bob Steenerson on Sunday, Nov. 30, from 4:30-7 p.m., including a meal, silent auction and bake sale. The meal will consist of a baked potato bar, dessert and beverage. Proceeds from the benefit will help Steenerson with medical expenses that he has incurred from an extended hospital stay following […]

Central music students to present concert Monday

Central Middle School students will present a music concert Monday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m., in the Grafton High School gym. Performing groups include the fifth grade band, sixth grade band, seventh and eighth grade chorus and seventh and eighth grade band. The students will perform music selections under the direction of Mandy Smallbeck, Central Middle School and Grafton High […]

Altru’s Hospice to host Tree of Light Memorial ceremony

Altru’s Hospice will hold its 27th annual Tree of Light Memor ial ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 7. In Park River, the ceremony will begin at 4 p.m., at the Park River Ambulance building. In Grafton, the ceremony will be held at the Valley Ambulance and Rescue Service building, beginning at 5:30 p.m. During the holiday season, these community events provide […]