Through the hearts of angels

Donations secure hope for memorial project

GRAFTON– In January, Lilly Lysengen, Rock Tweten, Chris Molde, Jerry Lysengen and Michelle Such presented information to the Grafton Parks and Recreation department regarding installation of an Angel of Hope Memorial (AOHM) for a place parents and/or grandparents can go in remembrance of a child that has died. They asked if the board would be willing to designate a spot […]

Declan’s Dynasty

Premature infant now a healthy, happy toddler

WAHPETON– Fifteenmonth old Declan Kaste is a healthy, happy toddler. He is walking and can say a few words. For his parents, Kory and Kaja Kaste, he is proof that miracles can and do happen. Declan was born Jan. 26, 2015, at 25 weeks gestation weighing 1 pound, 13 ounces and measuring 13- 1/ 2 inches. He spent 81 days […]


Students exposed to career choices

GRAFTON – Grafton High School and North Valley Career and Technology Center played host to a Marketplace for Kids Education Day on Friday. In attendance were over 900 students, chaperones and teachers from 11 different schools. Education Day offers students, teachers, parents, and participants the opportunity to attend short, hands-on classes/activities designed to explore career fields, personal development, financial literacy, […]

Midway school resumes after weekend fire

Former student makes the emergency call

INKSTER–The cause of a fire in a shop and storage area of Midway High School Saturday afternoon has yet to be determined. “The fire was ruled accidental, however further investigation is now up to the insurance company,” said Midway School superintendent Roger Abbe. The fire started in a storage area on the west side of the school and was contained […]

Blake named Polar Communications CEO

Polar Communications board of directors announced Tuesday they have hired Karl Blake as the new chief executive officer (CEO)/ general manager. Karl is the current chief operating officer at the company and has been with the company since 1996. “I am very excited about this opportunity and look forward to continuing my career with a progressive company and great employees,” […]

Time to fish

Walsh County Sheriff Ron Jurgens, left, and chief deputy Richie Sherlock, right, present retiring deputy James Kosmatka with a fishing pole at his retirement party at the Walsh County Xourthouse Friday. Kosmatka retired from the department after serving for 41 years.

ATV accident takes life of Park River man

Farmer finds body in field

Wade Kalgard, age 45, of Park River died in a rollover all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accident west of Park River near the intersection of Highway 17 and Highway 32. North Dakota Highway Patrol said it was unclear when the accident occurred. Kalgard’s body was discovered by a farmer on Sunday afternoon and according to a news release the area of the […]

Vandalism case for Pisek church ongoing

Walsh County Sheriff Jurgens continues investigation

Vandalism that closed St. John’s Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pisek over a week ago is still being investigated by the Walsh County Sheriff’s Department. “We have questioned at least three male teenagers,” said sheriff Ron Jurgens. “However, we have not made any arrests yet.” The suspects allegedly helped themselves to soft drinks in the church basement before ringing the church […]

County Court Report

FEBRUARY 2016 DISPOSTIONS Jorge Alberto Sanchez, Grafton, failure to register as offender against children. Defendant shall pay $1,010 in fees. Defendant shall serve one year supervised probation and one year in Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation with 90 first serve days and credit given for 76 days served. All sentences of this date shall run concurrently to each other. Jorge […]

Minto man leads highway patrol on motorcycle chase

Flaten faces multiple charges after reaching speeds of 140 mph

A suspect, identified as 26-year-old Andrew James Lee Flaten of Minto, faces numerous charges including DUI, reckless driving, fleeing a police officer and violating the restrictions on a motorcycle permit. At approximately 1:51 a.m. on Saturday April 23, Flaten was allegedly clocked speeding at 119 miles per hour in a 65 mile per hour zone by a North Dakota Highway […]