2022-01-19 E-Edition

COVID cases increase 200 percent in Walsh County over last seven days

Best way to avoid serious illness is vaccination

STATE—North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) released information over the weekend that the Omicron variant is now likely to be at least 90 percent of the COVID virus circulating in North Dakota. Omicron is a highly contagious variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that has played a role in killing 2,093 North Dakotans, 34 in Walsh County and 853,740 nationwide since […]

A winter wonderland right in your backyard

Frost Fire Park awaits you

WALHALLA—Dustin and Patty Gorder are pillars of the Grafton community. Dustin is a farmer and Patty owns her own business, Namaste Massage and Yoga Studio in downtown Grafton. The two have always loved taking their family to visit Frost Fire Park for a weekend getaway. However, the last few years their role of simply being visitors to Frost Fire has […]

Opportunity abounds with job incubator

Commission votes to support project

COUNTY—Promoters and developers of a business incubator for downtown Grafton pulled a rabbit out of their hat at the Walsh County Commission meeting Tuesday when they got an unanimous vote from the board to support the project. The commission didn’t monetarily support the project but agreed to look at funding for Walsh County Job Development Authority (JDA), of which they […]

Swartz enters Alford plea

Former soil district director sentenced

Wednesday, Jan. 5, former district manager of Walsh County Soil Conservation District (WCSCD) Jolene Swartz received a deferred imposition of sentence on the charge of misapplication of entrusted property. Swartz, of Park River was looking at a Class B felony, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and or a $10,000 fine. It was alleged the sum […]

County Court Report

JANUARY 2022 DISPOSITIONS Jeannie C. Toliver, Adams, driving while license/privilege is suspended or revoked. Defendant shall pay $25 in fees. Defendant shall set up payment schedule-$75 per month commencing Feb. 1, 2022, one year unsupervised probation, violate no criminal laws and 30 days in Walsh County Correction Center with 30 days suspended. This sentence shall run concurrent with 50-2021- CR-139/142/232/248/250. […]

Nord sentenced to 30 months in prison

Grafton man had been in jail since June 5

The events that surrounded Jacob Scott Nord’s day, Saturday, June 5 have netted him a fiveyear prison term. Northeast District Judge Barb Whelan suspended two and one half of those years when she sentenced him Jan. 30 in Northeast District Court to the state penitentiary. Nord was facing five Class C felony charges, each punishable by a maximum sentence of […]

St. Mary’s to host Winter Bingo

St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Park River will host Winter Bingo on Sundays, Jan. 23 and Feb. 13, 20 and 27, at 2 p.m. at the parish center. Twenty games will be played. Cost of cards is $5 each. Prizes will include cash, gift cards and miscellaneous items. Participants are invited to bring treats to be sold at the concession […]

Mexican food benefit for Felipe Martinez Jan. 22

There will be a benefit dinner for Felipe Martinez Saturday, Jan. 22, with authentic Mexican Food served from 4-8 p.m. or until gone at the St. Thomas Legion. Cost will be $10 a plate. A bake sale will also be held. Take out and curbside pickup will be available. Martinez has gone through some life-changing surgeries. In the summer of […]

St. Mary’s Catholic Church to sponsor blood drive

A blood drive will be held Tuesday, Jan. 25, from 12:45-6 p.m., in the Park River American Legion main room. To register contact Dena Larson at 701-360-1157 or visit www.vitalant.org sponsor code: parkriver. The drive is sponsored by St. Mary’s Catholic Church.