2016-03-02

Park River clearing project progressing

Crews challenged by warmer temperatures

to slippery muddy conditions as the weather turns warmer. This will continue to challenge the progress of the project. The process consists of marking debris and distressed trees according to guidelines set forth by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, then removing the material either by lifting from the bank via a backhoe or pulling the debris by atv to an […]

American Crystal moves beets from pile to factory

Warm winter creates storage challenges

COUNTY – American Crystal Sugar Company began hauling beets this past week from area piling stations to factories for processing. According to American Crystal’s Vice President of Agriculture Brian Ingulsrud, the Red River Valley (RRV) average yield for the 2015 crop ended up to be 27.9 tons per acre, a new record! The old record was 27.1 from the 2012 […]

Filing date approaches for election candidates

Grafton redraws ward boundries

COUNTY – Election day, June 14, is 104 days away however a deadline of April 11 is right around the corner. This is the date that all county and city candidates must file their petition/ certificate of nomination if they should choose to run for public office. Petitions must be received no later than 4 p.m. on April 11 at […]

Walsh County hit with weather event Sunday

Winds hit 45 mph in Grafton

COUNTY – A quick moving winter storm snuck up on the area Sunday evening as high winds and snow made driving treacherous. Winds clocked 45 miles-per-hour at the Grafton airport. The highest wind speed was recorded at Grand Forks Air Force Base, peaking at 52 mph. The storm hit Walsh County around 10 p.m. and lasted for a few hours. […]

Salinas pleads guilty to sex crimes

Sentencing scheduled March 31

Cesar John Salinas, age 43, from Grafton appeared in Walsh County District Court on Monday and pled guilty to eight charges stemming from an incident where he was originally charged with 17 charges relating to child sex crimes. Salinas, under advisement by his lawyer Stuart John Askew pled guilty in a plea agreement to; surreptitious intrusion, a Class A misdemeanor, […]

Plea agreement accepted in Crowder death

Illinois driver to serve 18 months plus two years supervised probation

A Chicago, Illinois semi-truck driver agreed to a plea agreement presented by Walsh County States Attorney Barb Whelan for negligent homicide, a Class C felony in the accidental vehicle death of Hoople resident Russell Crowder in October of last year. Hassan K. Stephens, age 29, under advisement of his lawyer Suzanne Marie Weber, also pled guilty to possession of a […]

Going blue



Ryan Hanson, left, and Grafton Police chief Tony Dumas hold blue lightbulbs they are giving away in exchange for a free will donation that will benefit the family of fallen Fargo Police officer Jason Moszer. Bulbs can be picked up at Kieley Electric, Walsh County Law Enforcement Center or at the Grafton school. They have set a goal of $5,000.

Pierogies, Kielbasa on menu at annual Polish Food Festival



Pierogies and kielbasa, as well as other fine ethnic cuisine, will be served at the 11th annual Polish National Alliance Polish Food Festival Saturday, March 19, in Minto. In addition to pierogies and kielbasa (homemade Polish sausage), the menu includes kluski (potato dumplings), ziemniak/ bulva placek (potato pancakes), golabki (cabbage rolls), kapusta (sauerkraut and pork ribs), pork and horseradish w/mustard, […]

Green and slimy at story hour



Are you a frog, a snake or a lizard? If so, there may be a story about you at Pembina County Story Hour in March. Story Lady will include “Snake and Lizard,” “Chameleon Races” and “Frog Goes To Dinner.” The write-your-ownstory will be “Terrance the Tapping Tadpole” and the flannel graph story is “Where Is My Tail?” Children will make […]

Century announces preschool registration, round-up dates



Grafton Public School and Upper Valley Preschool programs are currently registering children for the 2016-2017 school year. Century has also announced dates for Gearing Up for Preschool and Kindergarten Round-up. Children who will be four years old by Aug. 1, 2016, are eligible to attend Century’s preschool program. A child who is three years old and has a special need, […]