2020-07-08 E-Edition


Kratochvil said testing kits running short

COUNTY—Over the last week more than 850 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Walsh County thanks to the efforts of critical care hospitals, Unity Medical Center (UMC) in Grafton and First Care Health Center (FCHC) in Park River. FCHC, in conjunction withWalsh County Health District, Park River Fire Department and Walsh County Emergency Management, tested 328 people from Walsh […]

Grafton Community Foundation increases giving

SOS awarded first SuperGrant

GRAFTON— Grafton Community Foundation (GCF) recently awarded Save our Strand (SoS) group with its first $50,000 SuperGrant. SoS was one of four finalists for the $50,000. Other finalists included Grafton Volunteer Fire Department, City of Grafton and a group of moms advocating for the Walsh County Playcenter. The city’s project, according to Russell Carignan who is the chairman of the […]

Cost of living adjustment denied by commission

Park River folds municipal court

GRAFTON—Now that the Fourth of July has passed, governmental entities have turned their attention to the upcoming 2021 budget. Walsh County Commission began budget talks on Tuesday and gave department heads some guidelines on how to begin their budgets. Human Resource Director Tanya Wieler asked the commission if department heads can pencil in scheduled steps in the pay plan for […]

The sound of pipes

Bagpipers with Heather and Thistle Pipes and Drums dance, dress and play in sync while making their way through the annual Fourth of July Parade in Park River last Saturday.

All The Gear, All The Time, safety courses can help save lives

North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) is teaming up with American Bikers Aiming Toward Education (ABATE) of North Dakota through the North Dakota Motorcycle Safety Program to ask motorcyclists to take personal responsibility on the roadways by wearing All The Gear, All The Time (ATGATT) and taking a rider safety course. Whether experienced or novice, all riders can benefit from […]

Off-highway vehicle crash nets Edinburg man DUI

The driver and passenger of a Polaris RZR side-by-side offhighway vehicle were involved in a crash with injuries at 1:30 a.m. on July 5 in Gardar. According to North Dakota Highway Patrol, the offhighway vehicle driven by Colton Evenson, 29, of Edinburg on Gardar Street and 128th Avenue NE in Gardar, when he attempted a backing maneuver. The vehicle ran […]

Stewart fails bond conditions

Grafton man back in jail

Chase Cody Stewart of Grafton had his bond revoked on Tuesday, June 30, for the second time in Northeast District Court when it was determined by Judge Barb Whelan that he did in fact violate his bond conditions by failing to halt when instructed by a police officer and disobeying a judicial order. It is alleged that on June 7 […]

Fire claims life of Crystal man

An early morning fire in Crystal, Thursday, July 2 claimed the life of Joshua Schmitz. Schmitz, 35, who according to authorities was residing in his mother’s house, had been a resident of the city for some time. He was pulled from the bedroom and pronounced dead as the result of the fire. The fire, while still under investigation by the […]

‘Crazy’ deals to come at Crazy Daze

Local retailers will be setting out their merchandise and offering “crazy” deals during Grafton’s Crazy Daze beginning Thursday, July 23, and going through Saturday, July 25.