2017-02-08 E-Edition

Landlords resist possible city utility policy change

ADA downtown compliant project exceed $118,000

GRAFTON – Grafton Ways and Means Committee (WMC) gathered at city hall Monday for their regularly scheduled meeting. In attendance were mayor Chris West, Dave Fellman, Shane Mohn, Chris Lipsh, Mary Stark, city administrator Nick Ziegelmann and city auditor Connie Johnson. Don Hutson was not present. After roll call Ed Sevigny, city assessor presented an abatement request on behalf of […]

Courthouse sewer smell remedies explored

Water breach vote fails prompting complaint

COUNTY – Walsh County Commissioners (WCC) met Monday at the courthouse in Grafton for their regular bimonthly meeting. Luther Meberg, Karen Anderson, Lawrence Burianek, Lauren Wild, Ernie Barta and Walsh County auditor Kris Molde were present. After approval of the agenda and Jan. 24 meeting minutes Walsh County emergency manager Brent Nelson asked the commission for approval to hire a […]

Lagoon project gets go ahead from Minto council

Study costs covered in current budget

MINTO – Emphasizing the need to look forward and plan for a possible lagoon stabilization project, two members of the Minto City Council (MCC) voted to authorize an evaluation of the current wastewater ponds. “We need a little forward thinking,” councilmember Larry Jamieson said. “I’m in favor of moving forward with the study.” Mayor Kelley indicated that the city’s budget […]


A female moose makes its way through a snow-covered field amidst a mild flurry of snow last Sunday about three miles northwest of Minto. Moose are so tall that they prefer to browse higher grasses and shrubs because lowering their heads to ground level can be difficult. In winter they eat shrubs and pinecones, but they also scrape snow with […]

Grafton Police Department under budget for 2016

Officer turnover rate increases

GRAFTON – Police Chief Anthony Dumas presented the 2016 annual review to city council members on Monday, Feb. 6, at the Public Utilities Committee meeting “I would like to thank the many people who make this department what it is,” said Dumas. “I thank the mayor, council and administrator for putting faith in me, to lead Grafton Police Department (GPD) […]

Roses are….

Jody Schuster, left, and Amber Osowski hold a fresh bouquet of roses Tuesday at Grafton Floral. The floral shop is celebrating their 71st Valentines Day on Feb. 14.

Sex offender moving to Grafton neighborhood

Eide has Level 3 risk assessment

Grafton Police Department (GPD) released the following information Monday regarding a sex offender that is moving into the city of Grafton. GPD is obligated to release the following information pursuant to North Dakota Century Code 12.1-32-15. “Kenneth Eide notified us that he will be moving to Grafton,” said Grafton police chief Tony Dumas. “He was convicted in 2002 for child […]

Flaten court date reset

GSI, burglary, assault charges pending

Minto resident Andrew James Lee Flaten, age 26, faces charges of gross sexual imposition, a Class A felony along with burglary and simple assault, a Class B felony and a Class A misdemeanor. Flaten’s court date of Feb. 6 was reset by Walsh County court to March 9. According to court papers the victim called law enforcement after he gained […]

UMC finalizes fiscal year 2016

Finishing with a positive bottom line

Tim Ritter, CPA and Partner in the accounting and consulting firm of Wipfli, LLP presented Unity Medical Center (UMC) financial results from FY 2016. Unity’s fiscal year was finalized at the end of November with the filing of the Medicare Cost Report. Ritter met with board the operating board and then followed with a community presentation. He stated, “UMC finished […]