Bremer bank hosted a "support schools" lunch event yesterday during Grafton's Crazy Day. Lunch was served in the bank parking lot. The purpose was to raise money to help area schools purchase student supplies for children in need. Event organizer and Bremer financial representative Ann Poeschel West says the day was a success with a total of $2,500 being raised. She says the next step will be to get the money to where it's needed. Area Schools receiving the funds include Minto, Grafton, St. Thomas, Fordville, Park River and Hoople. Poeshel West thanks area businesses that teamed with Bremer to make the lunch a success including Country Smokehouse, Hugo's, Shopko, The Walsh County Record and KXPO
The Walsh County Sheriff's office says someone started several hay bales on fire Monday morning on Hwy 17 between Hwy 32 and the City of Adams.The Sherrif's office is looking for assistance with identifying the suspect or suspects who were involved. anyone with any information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office.
Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has activated the North Dakota Harvest Hotline. "Farmers who need custom combining and combiners looking for a job should call us at 701-425-8454," Goehring said. "Your name and information will be entered into the Harvest Hotline database to be matched up with other callers." Goehring said North Dakota Department of Agriculture employees will answer calls to the hotline weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Callers can also leave a message on evenings and weekends. The service is free of charge. A self-service Harvest Hotline map is also available again this year. The map can be found by clicking on "Harvest Hotline" at http://www.nd.gov/ndda/. Users may click on the black pinpoint icons to retrieve information about harvesters available in their area. "Both farmers and combiners are already utilizing the service," Goehring said. First implemented in 1992, when adverse weather conditions caused a heavy demand for custom combining, the Harvest Hotline has been offered annually as a free service for farmers and combiners.
14 pools of mosquitoes in Grand Forks have tested positive for West Nile Virus.
The city plans to spray for mosquitoes twice next week as the virus is rapidly spreading, also found Friday in Cass and Richland counties.
One human case of West Nile has already been reported in Grand Forks County this summer. Experts urge you to inspect your property to prevent more human cases.
“These mosquitoes will lay their eggs in standing water,” said Todd Hanson of Grand Forks Mosquito Control. “That can be something as small as a bottle cap in your yard. Any standing water. Buckets, wheelbarrow, anything that holds water can breed these mosquitoes.”
With recent rains, the daily trap count is only getting higher.
As the Republican National Convention winds down and the Democrats prepare for theirs, North Dakota advocacy groups are pushing for more details on the presidential candidates' plans for Social Security.
With more baby boomers reaching retirement age, the system faces growing solvency challenges. The next president should make it a priority to protect the more than 60 million retirees and people with disabilities who are receiving Social Security benefits, said Josh Askvig with AARP North Dakota.
"This is an important issue for folks as they head to the polls," Askvig said. "So candidates need to continue to give us details about what their plans are for updating Social Security for the 21st Century. And it's a test of presidential leadership, in our opinion."
About 90,000 older North Dakotans are currently receiving Social Security benefits. If the system continues as is, Askvig said, the next generation of recipients could lose up to $10,000 a year in benefits.
As part of AARP's "Take a Stand" campaign, both presidential front runners -Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump - recently laid out a fewideas to keep Social Security solvent. And while he believes that's a step in the right direction, Askvig said he's also urging the candidates to tackle the issue at their conventions.
"On the nights that both of the candidates will give their acceptance speeches there'll probably be millions across the country watching," he said. "Nearly every one of them will be paying into Social Security or receiving benefits they earned. And so, this is a prime opportunity for them to tell us how they're going to act."
Clinton's plans include raising a Social Security tax cap on the country's highest earners. Meanwhile, Trump has suggested he would repeal the Affordable Care Act and lower corporate tax rates to help level the playing field.
Find out more about the Candidates' plans for Social Security here.
Note: For full interview with National Weather Service click audio above.
Another round of powerful thunderstorms swept through the region last night causing tree and hail damage and leaving many without power. Cole Johnson with Nodak Electric says strong winds caused damage to power lines and left hundreds in the dark in the Hoople and Crystal area. He says as of this morning a handful of customers were still without power. Johnson says in addition to the wind, lightening was also a factor in the outages. Dan Riddle with the National weather service in Grand Forks says Wahalla and the Hoople and Crystal areas were the hardest hit. He says there were instances in those areas of some hail up to four inches in diameter. Riddle says there were also reports of strong winds up to 70 mph in the Grafton and Minto ares. He says the areas experiencing the strongest winds escaped the brunt of the hail damage which is not uncommon with these super cells. With another day of hot and muggy weather in the forecast, Riddle says there's potential for another round of storms in the northern valley tonight as well
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has confirmed a second
case of Zika virus illness reported in a North Dakota resident. The individual who
tested positive for Zika virus is a man who traveled to Costa Rica. This case was not
hospitalized for his illness.
“People who travel to areas with Zika virus need to protect themselves from mosquito
bites,” said Laura Cronquist, Epidemiologist with the NDDoH. “Protect yourself by
using insect repellent when outdoors, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, staying
in screened-in or air-conditioned rooms, and using a bed net if you are sleeping
outside.” Zika is typically spread to people by a bite from an infected mosquito. Zika can
also be spread from a mother to her unborn child, through sexual contact, and likely
through blood transfusions. The mosquitoes that are known to transmit Zika have not been found in North Dakota.
The NDDoH has the following recommendations for those returning from Zika affected
All travelers should consult their health care provider if they develop illness,
such as sudden onset of fever, rash, conjunctivitis (red eyes), joint pain, muscle soreness or pain, or headache, within 14 days of returning from Zika affected areas
Men returning from an area with Zika virus transmission should either abstain from
sexual activity or correctly and consistently use condoms for all sexual acts;
men should contact their health care provider for advice on how long they need to
abstain or use condoms
Pregnant women should consult their health care provider and seek testing for Zika
virus between two and 12 weeks after returning from a Zika affected area Even if they do not feel sick, all travelers returning to the United States from an area with Zika should
take steps to prevent mosquito bites for three weeks following their returnTravelers who become ill should be particularly careful to avoid getting additional bites from other mosquitos during the first week of illness Travelers should not use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen, to treat symptoms
The NDDoH Zika website will be updated weekly on Wednesdays with the current number of cases and infections reported to the NDDoH. More information regarding Zika
virus, including an up-to-date list of destinations with confirmed Zika transmission, can
be found at
www.ndhealth.gov/disease/zika. Anyone who plans to travel outside of the United
States should consult a health care provider prior to traveling (ideally six months
prior), as certain vaccines and medications
may be recommended to prevent disease. For more information, please visit
The Life Skills and Transition Center (LSTC) in Grafton has announced that it is limiting access to its Collette Fitness Center to LSTC residents. The fitness center was closed last week to review its business operations. The change in public access is effective immediately, and is not due to any budget considerations or event. Fitness club members with prepaid membership fees should watch for additional information in the mail.
The LSTC is a state-operated, comprehensive support agency serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is part of the North Dakota Department of Human Services.
For the first time in seven years, the Edinburg Fire Department's annual rib cook off was moved indoors due to rain this weekend. Even so, Saturday's event was another success. 25 contestants cooked up more than 600 pounds of ribs, beating last year's total of 400 pounds. This year's First Place winner, recieving $300.00 was the Ash Kickers made up of William and Emily Kotze of Cavalier. Second Place, winning $200.00 was Shannon Hosselton of Drayton who entered the contest as Momma Hoss and the Three Little Pigs. Third Place and $100.00 went to Hangover Ribs (Tom Lizakowski of Minto). Funds raised from the event go to the Edinburg Fire Department.
It's National Disability Voter Registration Week. More than 160,000 North Dakotans are living with a disability, and this week the focus is on making sure they have equal access to the voting polls this November. While North Dakota is the only state that doesn't require voter registration, advocates for people with disabilities say many folks still face obstacles.
Judy DeWitz, disabilities advocate with the North Dakota Protection and Advocacy Project said they're using educational videos to help election officials set up the polling places properly.
"Make sure that they have either automatic doors to get into the building, if folks need that; if they needed elevators," she said. "If they have a slope, is it the right type of slope? Are there handrails? How to respect the folks with disabilities."
DeWitz noted that individuals with disabilities also can vote by absentee ballot in North Dakota. To do that, an application must be mailed to a county auditor's office before the election.
But for the people who are homebound and can't get to a polling place, the state has recently made some helpful changes. For example, DeWitz said they can now have a family member, or an 'attester,' vouch for their eligibility to vote on an absentee ballot.
"So, people with disabilities that can't get out and get their ID do have a way to also vote," she added. "They have just as much right as anybody else, unless their guardianship papers say they can't, they can vote. And so, we try to make sure they have that opportunity."
DeWitz said the Advocacy Project, along with the Dakota Center for Independent Living, are currently working through a survey of the state's nearly 300 polling sites to determine accessibility improvements that could be made in the future.