2018-05-02 E-Edition

Spring planting underway

Brummond cautions farmers to wait

COUNTY – Farmers can be seen kicking the dust up and off the farm equipment as they plow into spring planting season. If there’s one thing Sunday’s windstorm was indicative of, it’s that spring planting needs to hold off a little bit longer, according to Brad Brummond, Walsh County’s NDSU Extension agent. National Agricultural Statistics Service projects up to 6.4 […]


Community leaders gather with their gold shovels at a groundbreaking ceremony held Monday evening to kick off the Flood Risk Reduction project. The project has been 10 years in the making for Grafton and aims to lower flood risk and insurance costs for residents. The diggers are, from left, Rock Desautel, head of Grafton Street Department and Wastewater; city council […]

Small council dreams big for rural North Dakota

Two local women appointed to board by governor

STATE – Before this year, the last North Dakota Rural Development Council met in 2014. Gov. Burgum has been making big waves in the state with his prog rams aimed at smalltown North Dakota, specifically with his Main Street Initiative. To continue his trend of developing rural areas, the governor appointed 13 members of varying backgrounds to the council, which […]

Defendant waves his right to remain silent during bond hearing for hostage situation

State expects to stay with arrest affidavit charges for formal complaint

GRAFTON – Guadalupe Rodrigo Benavidez, Jr. appeared in Walsh County District Court last Thursday in front of Judge Laurie Fontaine. The State of North Dakota has not yet filed a formal complaint against the defendant, but law enforcement charged him with three counts of terrorizing, three counts of felonious restraint, all C felonies, and a charge of possession of a […]

House candidates to square off in debate

U.S. House candidates Kelly Armstrong and Mac Schneider will square off May 5 in the first debate of the 2018 campaign. Republican-endorsed Armstrong and Democratic- NPL-endorsed Schneider will debate at 10:45 a.m., Saturday, May 5, at the Bismarck Radisson Hotel during the annual convention of the North Dakota Newspaper Association. The debate was scheduled primarily for the benefit of newspaper […]

Calving around

Jake Novak’s young herd goofs off while a cow watches over them near Pisek last Tuesday. Branding season typically begins in May, depending on when the calves were born. They will be branded, immunized and sprayed for insects like ticks and flies.

RRRC, counties seeking applications for community projects

Walsh and Pembina counties are currently seeking cities interested in funding assistance for community betterment projects. Both counties are accepting applications for projects as part of their self-help programs. There are many ways communities can use these county funds for betterment projects. Examples of projects funded include: maintenance and mowing at a city park, baseball diamond repairs, sidewalk or street […]

Fire emergency and burn ban for Walsh County

Commission issues warnings for citizens

Walsh County Commission chairperson Lawrence Burianek issued a fire emergency and burn ban proclamation on Monday. It stated, “…Walsh County continues experiencing abnormally dry conditions coupled with significant fuel supplies, resulting in extreme fire potential… existing conditions make fires a continuing threat to health, safety, and wellbeing of the citizens of Walsh County. Whereas, the cost of emergency response and […]

Guest speakers for day of prayer

National Day of Prayer observance is Thursday, May 2, from noon to 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Park River. Jim and Rebecca Chyle are featured guest speakers.