2018-04-18

2018-04-18 E-Edition

Annual city property assessment report released

Grafton holds equalization meeting

GRAFTON- Ed Sevigny, city assessor, presented the 2018 annual assessment report to city council last week at city hall. In the presentation, Sevigny gave the history of assessment laws, varying values across the state, data on tax dollars collected and information on how taxable valuations are reached.The meeting was also open to citizens who wished to have their assessment reduced […]

Commission announces new tax director

County looks to dig itself out of ‘deep hole’

COUNTY- Walsh County Commissioners held their regular meeting Tuesday with chairman Lawrence Burianek and commissioners Luther Meberg, Karen Anderson, Ernie Barta and Lauren Wild in attendance, as well as auditor Kris Molde. Burianek and Barta were in charge of interviewing for the vacant tax director position. After three interviews, Barta told the commission the job has been offered to Ed […]

Campbell sacrifices primary run after facing ‘party loyalists’

State senator disagrees with convention practices

GRAFTON- District 19 State Senator Tom Campbell announced last week he would no longer be running for Con- gress after he failed to secure the nomination from the Republ ican Party at the convention earlier this month. Campbell indicated before the primary and immediately after the nomination went to Kelly Armstrong he intended to still run. His new announcement, he […]

Cold snap competes with coldest month in history

April 1893 still holds weather records

The good news is there’s an end in sight to the cold weather. This winter’s weather, especially into April, isn’t the coldest on record, but it is the coldest since the record-setting chill, according to information from both the National Weather Service and Weather Underground. The coldest April was in 1893 and this month’s weather is the coldest since. April […]

Blessing bags



Spirits United Aktion Club made blessing bags to be distributed to the Northland Rescue Mission and Grafton Public School. The bags were filled with necessary items, along with things that are nice to have, made available through donations from Kern Dentistry, Grafton Kiwanis Club, Friendship, Life Skills and Transition Center, as well as donations from members of the community. Forty-four […]

P.E.O. Chapter X’s blood drive brings in 53 volunteers



P.E.O. North Dakota X hosted a blood drive with United Blood Services (UBS) on April 2 at the Grafton Armory which helped collect a total of 49 units of blood for patients in need. A total of 53 individuals volunteered to donate blood and 40 individuals were able to donate at United Blood Services blood drive on April 2. A […]

Community involvement growing for fall festival

Park board raises the bar for local events

The parks and recreation board met last week with board president Brad Burianek, vice president Scott Hills and members Cory Burns and Ryer Stark in attendance. Parks and rec staff present were director Bill Dahl, Matt Oppegard and Dean Feltman. Progress is being made on the fall festival, which includes a corn maze and pumpkin patch. “We’re getting a lot […]

County Court Report



FEBRUARY 2018 DISPOSITIONS Jeffrey Gary Tollefson, Hoople, fleeing a peace officer-vehiclesecond or subsequent offense. Defendant shall pay $525 in fees. Defendant shall pay all fines and fees as ordered, set up payment schedulepaying $125 per month commencing March 15, 2018, 18 months unsupervised probation, violate no criminal laws, attend 24/7 Walsh-the 360 day period shall commence on or before Feb. […]

Grafton man accepts charges for dealing meth

Mercil pleads guilty to class B felony

Jeffrey Mercil, 31, of Grafton, appeared in Walsh County District Court on Tuesday with his attorney to plead guilty to delivery of methamphetamine, a class B felony. Mercil was already in custody after violating the terms of his conditional bond release. The felony charge stems from an undercover controlled purchase conducted by Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force when Mercil sold […]