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GRAND FORKS — A retired professional and UND hockey player plans to challenge longtime mayor Mike Brown this June. Brandon Bochenski, who played right wing for UND, is scheduled to host a campaign kickoff party at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Rhombus Guys Brewery in downtown Grand Forks.
GRAND FORKS — Quarterly studies show relatively fewer people are renting apartments in downtown Grand Forks. The vacancy rate in 600 to 700 apartments – in an area as defined east of Washington Street, west of the Red River and north of DeMers Avenue, Fourth Avenue South and Minnesota Avenue – rose from 8.87% in the first quarter of 2019 to 9.23% in the fourth quarter, according to a survey of landlords that is regularly administered by the Greater Grand Forks Apartment Association.
GRAND FORKS -- How do you care for American Indian elders? How might their needs be different than those of other Native communities or the general population? How might they be the same? Questions like those produced the National Resource Center on Native American Aging, a Grand Forks-based agency that works to help tribes across the United States care for their elders, who often hold a place of high cultural regard.
GRAND FORKS — A Grand Forks family entertainment center is set to serve alcohol — with a waist-high restriction. Grand Forks City Council members on Monday, Nov. 18, voted 6-1 to approve a liquor license for Northern Air Family Fun Center, where staff plan to serve beer and wine in a first-floor dining area and a second-floor area that encompasses nine stalls for ax-throwing, an up-and-coming pastime that puts a woodsy spin on bar mainstays like darts. Ward 2 Council member Katie Dachtler was the lone “nay” vote on the license.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — Former Crookston Mayor Guy Martin resigned his post in September over disagreements with other city leaders about a planned soybean crushing plant, but he has shied away from speaking about it further publicly.
A Grand Forks video gaming tournament drew hundreds of people Saturday, Nov. 2, to the Alerus Center — and one so-called gaming deity. The third-ever DakNo Gaming tournament featured top-level Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Madden '19 and Halo 3 players from the region and, in some cases, the world. Among them was Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman, who for more than a decade has rattled off win after win at tournaments like DakNo and is one of the best “smashers” in the long-running fighting game series’ history.
GRAND FORKS — A real estate developer is hoping to enlarge its downtown footprint with a boutique hotel and events center. The Grand Forks Committee of the Whole is set to review on Monday a tax increment financing “pre-application” from Edgewood Development Group LLC, which hopes to add to an existing downtown building. The proposal calls for a 104,000-square-foot addition to the existing 60,000-square-foot building at 322 DeMers. City staff recommend that the committee invite the developer to submit a full application.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — The Crookston Police Department is urging residents to make sure the doors and windows to their cars and homes are locked after a string of thefts this month from vehicles, sheds, garages and two homes. Department staff said they’ve received 20 theft reports in October as of approximately 11 a.m. Thursday morning, Oct. 24, a number that’s considerably higher than a typical month.
GRAND FORKS — Ryan Knutsvig gestured to a satellite image of an ominous storm system cruising westward through North Dakota. Large tracts of orange, yellow and red indicated where it was most severe. “Do I have a volunteer for someone who might want to issue a tornado warning for us?” he asked a conference room’s worth of people in the National Weather Service’s Grand Forks office, where staff had organized an open house Saturday, Sept. 28. Sixteen-year-old Dylan Palach’s hand popped up.
WASHINGTON — A North Dakota lawmaker is near the center of an annual back-and-forth over United States military spending and high-level policy. Sen. Kevin Cramer, the state’s junior senator, was appointed this month to a conference committee that will work to iron out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the National Defense Authorization Act, a longstanding military appropriations bill Congress has renewed each year for decades, before sending it back to both chambers and, ultimately, President Donald Trump for final approval.