Eight Grafton families are displaced today following a fire at the Winter Park Apartment complex on 14th Street. The Grafton Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire call at 6:39 last night. Grafton Police Chief Anthony Dumas says one apartment was burned while the unit below it suffered water damage. He says the two families in those apartments will likely be displaced for an extended period of time. Dumas says another six families were evacuated last night in case of flare ups but should be back home in the near future. The cause of the fire appears to be an unattended candle but that has yet to be confirmed. The fire remains under investigation.
Seasonal load restriction will be placed on some North Dakota state highways on Tuesday, March 10. Seasonal load restrictions will be placed on North Dakota state highways this spring. The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) normally places load restrictions on some state highways from March to May, depending on weather.
Motorists are encouraged to check the load restriction map daily as restrictions may change quickly due to weather. The 2015 load restriction map is located on the Internet and can be viewed at http://www.dot.nd.gov/travel-info/.
To view the proposed Load Restriction Map, select Load Restrictions (Proposed) box on the left hand legend of the map. The highways with restricted legal load limits (solid green on the color map), as well as all other restricted highways, will require ton-mile fees when non-reducible loads exceed restricted weight limits. If you have any questions, please contact Jaci Two Bears at 701-328-2545 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Seasonal load restriction information is available by calling 511 or by going to http://www.dot.nd.gov/roadreport/loadlimit/loadlimitinfo.asp where you can subscribe to load restriction email updates. Load restriction information can also be found on the NDDOT Travel Information Map at http://www.dot.nd.gov/travel-info/
This outlook is for the U.S. portion of the Red River Basin, based on conditions as of Thursday, 3/5/15. The latest graphics, probabilities, and discussion are available at weather.gov/fgf. Next text update by 3/19/2015.
- The threat for significant, impactful, snowmelt flooding continues to be quite low, generally much less than historical risks for points north from Wahpeton, into Pembina. This markedly low conditional risk is largely due to low flow conditions on most rivers and streams, low soil moisture, and low snowpack moisture.
- The end of winter into early spring is expected to be… dry and warming into mid-March, then trending near normal from mid-March into April… based on latest NWS/Climate Prediction Center guidance.
Short Story: Spring thaw approaches, low runoff expected, snow/rain possible after mid-March.
Status of Key Conditions:
1. Base Streamflow: Near normal. USGS analysis and streamgage reports indicate that the Red River and its North Dakota and Minnesota tributaries are ice covered and/or flowing near their long term normal levels.
2. Soil Moisture at Freeze-up: Below normal. The rain and snow (liquid) measured across the Basin from Oct 1st through March 5th have ranged from 1.25 to 3.5 inches (west to east), or nearly 2 to 3 inches below the long term normals. Soil moistures levels and fall season precipitation deficits rival levels last seen in 2012 winter/spring period, with soil moisture levels ranging from 20-50 percent of normal over most of the Basin.
3. Frost Depth: Deeper than normal. A late December deep cold snap and an overall scant snowpack allowed for an initial deep frost plunge, with basin-wide frost depths ranging from 3 to 4 feet deep (42 inches at FGF). River and lake ice reports are spotty at this point, but the few reports received indicate that 2-3 foot ice thicknesses are common on lakes and rivers in northwest Minnesota and eastern North Dakota.
4. Winter Snowpack/SWE: Much below normal. So far, winter Snowpack and Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) continues running below to well below normal across most of the U.S. portion of the RRB, with only an inch or two added snow since the Feb 19th Outlook. Snowpack continues to range from 2 to 15 inches, with highest snowpack along the northern tier of counties. Snow Water is generally less than an inch for basins south of Grand Forks and from 1 to 2 inches for basin north of Grand Forks.
5. Winter/Spring Outlook: Below-to-Near normal. The NWS/CPC climate outlook, for Mar-Apr-May, has temps and precip trending from “warm and dry” [next 2 weeks] towards “near normal” late March into April.
By the Numbers:
DEVILS LAKE AND STUMP LAKE LONG-RANGE PROBABILISTIC OUTLOOK
VALID MARCH 2, 2015 - SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
LOCATION 95% 90% 75% 50% 25% 10% 05%
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CREEL BAY 1451.8 1451.8 1451.8 1451.9 1452.0 1452.2 1452.5
EAST STUMP LAKE 1451.8 1451.8 1451.8 1451.9 1452.0 1452.2 1452.5
THE CURRENT MEAN HEIGHT OF DEVILS LAKE AND STUMP LAKE IS NEAR 1451.6 FEET
CHANCE OF EXCEEDING STAGES AT MAINSTEM RED RIVER LOCATIONS
VALID 3/9/2015 - 6/7/2015
LOCATION 95% 90% 75% 50% 25% 10% 05%
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WAHPETON 6.1 6.6 7.9 8.8 10.7 12.0 13.2
HICKSON 12.1 12.5 14.4 16.9 22.1 25.7 28.9
FARGO 15.4 15.6 16.3 17.3 20.4 24.9 30.4
HALSTAD 6.2 7.2 9.2 12.4 17.0 22.1 26.1
GRAND FORKS 17.2 17.5 18.1 19.7 22.6 30.8 35.0
OSLO 9.8 10.7 12.1 16.4 21.9 31.1 33.5
DRAYTON 12.8 13.3 14.3 17.1 21.6 28.2 32.2
PEMBINA 15.3 16.1 18.5 23.1 29.3 37.3 41.4
AT MINNESOTA TRIBUTARY LOCATIONS
South Fork Buffalo River.....
SABIN 8.5 8.7 10.1 11.7 12.8 14.2 14.5
HAWLEY 3.9 4.1 4.2 4.6 5.2 5.9 6.5
DILWORTH 6.1 6.5 8.1 10.8 13.9 16.8 17.9
Wild Rice River.....
TWIN VALLEY 2.9 3.0 3.3 3.9 4.9 6.3 6.7
HENDRUM 3.6 4.3 5.5 9.8 14.8 20.5 21.9
SHELLY 3.9 4.0 4.3 5.4 7.0 9.1 11.0
Sand Hill River.....
CLIMAX 5.0 5.0 5.7 6.5 8.0 11.7 13.3
Red Lake river.....
HIGH LANDING 9.1 9.2 9.4 9.6 9.9 10.5 10.6
CROOKSTON 7.8 8.0 8.5 9.7 11.3 13.5 15.1
ABOVE WARREN 61.2 61.4 61.7 62.1 62.7 64.3 65.3
ALVARADO 96.8 97.0 97.5 98.3 100.1 102.3 104.2
Two Rivers River.....
HALLOCK 796.3 796.6 796.9 797.7 799.9 803.6 806.1
ROSEAU 6.6 6.8 7.0 7.9 9.7 11.0 14.6
AT NORTH DAKOTA TRIBUTARY LOCATIONS
Wild Rice River.....
ABERCROMBIE 1.5 1.8 2.6 3.7 5.5 9.9 14.1
VALLEY CITY 4.0 4.0 4.2 5.0 6.4 8.9 10.2
LISBON 2.7 2.8 3.1 4.0 5.7 10.2 12.9
KINDRED 2.7 2.8 3.3 5.4 7.6 13.6 17.0
WEST FARGO DVRSN 9.7 9.9 10.1 11.8 12.8 16.3 20.4
HARWOOD 867.7 868.5 869.8 873.9 876.9 880.4 889.0
ENDERLIN 1.9 2.2 3.7 5.2 6.8 8.5 9.8
MAPLETON 894.5 895.3 896.1 899.0 901.5 905.5 907.5
HILLSBORO 1.7 1.7 1.9 2.6 3.5 4.8 5.8
MINTO 1.5 1.5 1.6 2.1 3.7 5.4 7.0
GRAFTON 7.4 7.5 7.6 8.0 8.8 9.3 11.0
WALHALLA 2.6 2.7 2.9 3.9 5.1 7.8 8.7
NECHE 3.9 4.2 4.8 6.5 8.7 15.2 15.4
Grafton city assessor Edward Sevigny has proposed increasing the true and full value of residential property in three of the city's four zones. Sevigny reviewed the numbers with the Grafton Ways and Means committee on Monday night. He's proposing an increase in total property assessments of 15% for Zone 1, which includes the properties on Grafton's South End. Zones 2 and 4 would see an increase of 8% while Zone 3 on the city's North end would see no increase in property assessments. After studying the 2014 usable residential sales from each zone Sevigny concluded Grafton had a median sales ratio of 83.3 %, meaning 2014 assessments on average were just over 83 percent of the actual sales price of the properties. The state only allows a tolerance of 90-100%. Sevigny said he broke the proposed increases down into 4 zones since home sales were stronger in some parts of town than others. He said strong home sales on the South end meant that area of town had a median sales ratio of around 78%, while weaker home sales on the North end of town gave that area a sales ratio of over 104 %. Zones 2 and 4 had a ratio of around 89%. Sevigny said to bring Grafton into compliance, it would need approximately a 9% increase in residential assessments to fall within the state's tolerance. He said if the city didn't act, the county or state would raise the assessments by nearly 20% across the board to bring the sales ratio to 100%. He said that wouldn't be fair to the residents on the North side of town who were already over the ratio. He says his proposal achieves the needed 9% increase in the most equitable way possible. Sevigny says properties receiving an increase of at least 10% must receive a notice by mail at least 15 days before the equalization board meets on April 14th. He added that the increases were averages and that not all properties within each zone would receive the same increase. The full city council will discus the proposal at its next regular meeting Monday the 9th.
Farmers interested in new production opportunities are invited to attend
educational meetings on energy beets being held at five locations across central
North Dakota the week of March 16. "Low commodity prices are causing farmers to look for options that provide positive net returns, and energy beets may fit the bill," says David Ripplinger, North Dakota State University Extension Service bioenergy specialist.
The meetings will provide farmers with economic information and tools to help
them decide if they want to grow energy beets. Inputs, equipment, production
costs and expected returns will be discussed. Lenders and input suppliers also are invited to attend, given the key role they play in supporting farmers finance and grow the crop.
Commercialization efforts continue in North Dakota, as well as other parts of
the country. Each of the five North Dakota communities where meetings will be
held has been targeted by Green Vision Group as a potential site for energy beet production and processing. Energy beets, also called industrial beets, are varieties of beets bred for industrial sugars that can be converted to a wide range of biofuels and
Refreshments will be provided.
Meeting locations, dates and times are:
* Valley City -- Tuesday, March 17, 9 to 11 a.m., Eagles Club
* Jamestown -- Tuesday, March 17, 3 to 5 p.m., Stutsman County Extension Service
* Langdon -- Wednesday, March 18, 9 to 11 a.m., Langdon Research Extension
* Cando -- Wednesday, March 18, 1 to 3 p.m., Towner County Extension Service
* Carrington -- Thursday, March 19, 9 to 11 a.m., Carrington Research Extension
The program is sponsored in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's Risk Management Education Program and NDSU.
Walsh county farmer Maurice Feltman has been selected as a winner in America's Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The program enrolls farmers for a chance to win $2,500, which is then donated to the farmer’s nonprofit of choice. Feltman selected Minto Fire Department to receive the donation. A check presentation will be held at the Minto Fire Department on Thursday night at 7 o clock. America’s Farmers Grow Communities launched in 2010 and has grown to include 1,324 eligible counties in 40 states. Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the program is part of the America’s Farmers initiative, which highlights the important contributions of farmers.
Like food, water and oxygen, sleep is one of the basics for human survival, but for many folks, getting a good night's sleep on a regular basis is little more than a dream. It's estimated that more than a third of adults don't always get the amount of sleep they need to feel their best. Heather Collins, clinical supervisor of the North Dakota Center for Sleep, says there can be many underlying factors. "It can be stress-related – it can be related to health and current medical status,” she explains. “Pain is definitely a factor that for some is chronic and for others it's short-term or acute." According to a new poll out today from the National Sleep Foundation, pain, stress and poor health all correlate to shorter sleep durations and worse sleep quality for millions of Americans. Overall, there are about 80 different types of sleep disorders. Collins says among the most common are insomnia, restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy and apnea, which occurs when a person's airways narrow or collapse during sleep. "You could describe it as a little bit of a battle internally,” she explains. “Your body wants to sleep and knows it needs that rest and the brain is saying, 'Okay. Wait a minute here. I need oxygen. We need to get oxygen to the rest of the body and we need to be breathing.' So it'll wake the body up." This is Sleep Awareness Week, and the need of many to get more sleep will be apparent on Sunday, when Daylight Saving Time begins in the U.S. and an hour is lost as clocks spring forward.