2016-08-31

2016-08-31 E-Edition

Patching together harvest

Spuds and sugarbeets started, wheat left standing

COUNTY –Walsh County farmers are patching together a trying harvest after weeks of weather-related woes. Fields literally look like a patchwork quilt from the sky with wheat fields half combined in some areas to standing in water in others. Most agricultural producers in the western half of the county are wrapping up small grains while in the east a two-day […]

Opiods crisis affects everyone

Community works together for a common cause

Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series on the opioid crisis, treatment options and the associated increase of criminal activity. GRAFTON – Grafton Police Chief Tony Dumas and sergeant Alex Droske attended a state symposium in Fargo Aug. 15 to weigh in on the opioid crisis that has exploded in North Dakota the last few years. Professionals […]

County residents on the lookout

Unoccupied farmsteads targeted for thefts

Walsh County Deputy Sheriff Richie Sherlock is asking residents to be aware of any suspicious or unusual activity related to a string of farmstead burglaries that have touched the western part of Walsh County. “Within the last month there have been a couple of rural farmstead burglaries,” said Sherlock. “The suspect or suspects are choosing farmsteads without a primary family […]

Gruchala takes joy in long-distance cycling

Retired Minto teacher partakes in 22nd CANDISC tour

MINTO – Robert Gruchala, a retired English teacher from Minto, began his passion for cycling as a kid and can now be regularly seen along highways in Walsh County, cycling anywhere from 10-50 miles. “I’ve always biked locally on my own,” said Gruchala. “Even as a kid I’d slip away to nearby towns without my folks knowing.” His usual destination […]

Threshing show takes people back



Schnellbach sentencing delayed in GSI case

Defense to review pre-sentence investigation

Adam Lee Schnellbach from Grafton appeared in court last Wednesday for sentencing regarding a guilty plea to one count of gross sexual imposition (GSI) of a minor, a Class AA felony, one additional count of GSI, a Class A felony and one count of promoting sexual performance by a minor, a Class C felony. Stuart John Askew, representing Schnellbach asked […]

Grafton PD investigates suspicious death

30-year-old found unresponsive

Grafton Police Department responded to a 911 call Friday night at 10:30 p.m. with reports of an unresponsive male. Eugene Dean Mecham, age 30, was found deceased by officers responding to the call according to Grafton Police Chief Tony Dumas Tuesday. “We are conducting an investigation and will be releasing more information when it becomes available,” said Dumas.

County Court Report



APRIL 2016 DISPOSITIONS Travis E. Leskey, Grafton, possession of a controlled substance, marijuana. Defendant shall pay $25 in fees. Defendant shall receive a chemical evaluation, the defendant must obtain a chemical dependency evaluation and file the same with the clerk of court within 60 days, defendant must comply with its recommendations subject to right to hearing before this court if […]

Concert of patriotic music to be presented in Grafton



The public is invited to join Connie Sjostrom and Peggy Dahl-Bartunek for an hour of piano/organ duets with an audience hymn sing of American patriotic songs on Sunday, Sept. 11. Guest musicians who will perform with the duo are Anne Presteng, violin; John Bartunek, bass; and John Maxwell, trumpet. Free-will donations will be accepted at the concert with proceeds going […]