2016-11-23 E-Edition

Diverting future disaster

Grafton flood control project guaranteed to happen

GRAFTON – Grafton mayor Chris West announced Oct.13 that the North Dakota State Water Commission granted the city $32,175,000 for the city Flood Risk Reduction Project (FRRP). In addition to the grant, a 1.5 percent interest loan for an additional $3 million was approved. The remaining monies for the $47.4 million project will come from the one-half cent sales tax […]

Osowski honored as outstanding citizen

Chamber of Commerce awards banquet held Monday

GRAFTON – Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce held their 58th annual Awards Banquet at Marketplace on 8th in Grafton Monday evening. Brian VanBruggen, chamber member and emcee directed the evening’s festivities after the invocation by Father Timothy Schroeder. Speakers for the evening included Unity Medical Center’s CEO Alan O’Neil, city administrator Nick Ziegelmann and Ann West spoke on behalf of […]

Regional tourism assets take center stage

Leaders assert region has “legendary” assets that need promotion and development

NORTHEASTERN NORTH DAKOTAJosh Duhamel’s Hollywood fame has been translated to the branding efforts of North Dakota’s tourism campaign. While the “legendary” branding images emphasize western North Dakota tourism assets, his image could just as easily have appeared in front of a backdrop of exceptional beauty from eastern North Dakota, according to North Dakota’s tourism guru, Sara Otte Coleman. Coleman, who […]


Grafton city workers were caught enhancing holiday cheer by decorating Hill Avenue light poles Monday morning.

Czapiewski court date delayed

Plea bargain postponed pending pre-sentence investigation

Grafton resident Norma Jean Czapiewski, age 53, appeared Nov. 15 at Walsh County District Court for a change of plea hearing regarding four Class A felony drug charges stemming from an arrest on May 26. In a previous court appearance on Oct. 13 Judge Laurie Fontaine ordered a pre-sentence investigation and a change of plea was originally scheduled for the […]

Centennial Center lobby improvement project discussed

Parks and Rec push for 2017 construction

Grafton Parks and Recreation (GPR) held a facility committee meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the GPR office board room. In attendance were Todd Storey, Cory Burns, Ryer Stark and Brad Burianek. Scott Hills was not present. Staff members present were director Bill Dahl, business manager Matt Oppegard, and facilities manager Dean Feltman. Dave Hills represented the Grafton Blue Line […]

County Court Report

SEPTEMBER 2016 DISPOSITIONS Jacob Matthew Narloch, Grand Forks, reckless driving. Defendant shall pay $1000 in fees. 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 defendant objects, in that case any objection must be filed […]

Super Santa Saturday Christmas season highlight

Super Santa Saturday is a highlight of the Christmas season for Park River area residents. A fun-filled day is planned for young and old alike on Saturday, Dec. 3. The doors at Park River City Hall will open at 9 a.m. and remain open until 3 p.m. for the Holiday Mall featuring vendors with crafts, baked goods, clothing and much […]

Christmas showcase to feature local performers

A Hometown Christmas Showcase featuring local musicians and performers will be presented Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Grafton Public School Performing ARTS Center, beginning at 7 p.m. The showcase, with Todd Burianek as master of ceremonies, is being organized by members of the Grafton ARTS committee which includes Jean Jiskra, Vonda Collette, Leah Kingsbury, Deb Torkelson, Marta Balderas, Jack Maus […]