2023-01-18 E-Edition

Sen. Klobuchar comes through for BTAG

Joint power board to receive $2.3 million

OSLO, MINNESOTA — Border Township Association Group (BTAG) welcomed Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar to Oslo, Minnesota last Wednesday, Jan. 11 to thank the senator for her support and to further explain the group’s overall plan. Klobuchar’s office was instrumental in getting the group $2.3 million through the federal infrastructure grant. The BTAG group consists of chairman James Bergman, Higdem Township […]

Samuels Group presents jail possibilities to counties

Commission to decide on paying for study

COUNTY—Walsh County commissioners and members of the county’s jail committee listened to a presentation from The Samuels Group to kick off off Tuesday’s commission meeting. The hour-long presentation touched on numerous issues regarding the study, planning, design and different avenues the county may want to take in terms of financing and management of a new correctional facility. The Samuels Group […]


Grafton’s Family Dollar store is partnering with Dollar Tree in the former Shopko building to create one super dollar store. Although the store opened last week it was closed Monday and Tuesday while the plumbers worked out some issues. Store manager Shelley Wippler, front and center is flocked by three of her 14 employees. Back are, from left, Casey Wilson, […]

Park board finishes year with slight surplus

Candlelight hike raises $1,000

GRAFTON —Grafton Parks and Recreation (GPR) business manager Matt Oppegard reported at their Wednesday, Jan. 11 board meeting that the park district finished its year end with a $21,500 surplus. In presenting the profit and loss statement for the year Oppegard reported that total revenues were $1,168,426 and expenses were $1,146,909, leaving a net income of $21,516. “Revenues and expenses […]

Fog causes two-vehicle crash

Foggy road conditions were the cause of a two-vehicle accident northeast of Edmore on Monday that resulted in a serious injury. Taylor Trontvet, 32, of Edmore was transported to Langdon Prairie Health (LPH). According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP), Edmore Ambulance Service was on scene at about quarter after 11 a.m. attending to an injured driver from a […]

Unity Medical Center earns 4-star rating with NRRS

Designated for rural, critical access hospitals

Unity Medical Center (UMC) is proud to announce that it has earned a 4-star rating in a new ratings program for rural and critical access hospitals, called the 5 Star National Rural Rating System (NRRS). The program celebrates extraordinary patient experiences provided by rural and critical access hospitals across the United States. “Winning this award is not only a great […]

NDHP promotes Peschong to sergeant

Colonel Brandon Solberg announces the promotion of Trooper Matthew Peschong to Sergeant. Peschong attended the Highway Patrol Academy and graduated in June 2010 after earning an Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Moorhead, Minnesota. Trooper Peschong was stationed in Grafton as a traffic enforcement trooper in June 2010 where he has served […]

Popiel returns as chief

Fire department holds annual elections

Grafton Volunteer Fire Department (GVFD) will have a new fire chief heading into 2023. Brad Martinson, who has been chief since 2017 did not seek reelection. As a result, former Fire Chief Ken Popiel was elected. Other officers elected to positions with GVFD on Monday were Rick Beyer, reelected president; and Chad Ruzicka, reelected vice president. John Maxwell was reelected […]

County Court Report

NOVEMBER 2022 DISPOSITIONS Jack James Sott-Matcha, Cavalier, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia use/storage-marijuana or tetrahydrocannabinol. Defendant shall pay $750 in a fine. $400 of the fine shall be suspended for a period of 360 days. Defendant shall violate no criminal laws, one year unsupervised probation and set up payment schedule-$250 on this date with the balance due on Jan 1, […]