Maintenance work begins on Interstate 29 from Drayton to Canadian Border
Beginning on Monday, August 31, crews will begin maintenance work on Interstate 29
northbound and southbound lanes from Drayton to Canadian Border. Northbound lane
closures will be in place from one mile north of Bowsemont Interchange to the
Canadian Border. Southbound lane closures will be in place from Junction 66 near
Drayton to the Canadian Border.
* Speeds will be reduced to 65 mph in the lane closure and down to 40 mph near
workers and equipment
* A 15-foot width restriction will be in place
* Single lane closures within work zones
* Flaggers will be present to guide traffic
* Oil will be present on the roadway
* Motorists may experience minor delays
This project will improve safety features on the roadway and is expected to be
complete by the end of September.
For more information about construction projects and road conditions throughout
North Dakota, call 511 from any type of phone or visit the Travel Information Map on
the NDDOT website at http://www.dot.nd.gov/travel-info-v2/.
Three people have been arrested following a rash of vehicle break-ins in Grafton. The Grafton Police Department in conjunction with the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation investigated the crime ring which resulted in the arrests of 30 year old Michael Johnson of Grafton, 31 year old Karly Delorme of Grand Forks and 26 year old Ronald Nelson Vondal of Bismarck All three were arrested on numerous charges of possession of stolen properties, Class C felonies and possession of drug and marijuana paraphernalia which are Class A misdemeanors. In addition, Johnson has been charged with Unlawful entry into motor vehicles, also Class C felonies and Forgery, a Class A Misdemeanor. Delorme has been additionally charged with hindering law enforcement while Nelson Vondal has also been charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license in North Dakota, a Class B misdemeanor in addition to his charges of unlawful entry into motor vehicles. In a recent press release the Grafton PD says the investigation resulted into the recovery of numerous stolen items. Johnson and Nelson Vondal are currently incarcerated at the Walsh County Law Enforcement Center while Delorme is being held at the Grad Forks County Correctional Center. The case remains under investigation.
Everyone is invited to attend the Grand Reopening of Grafton True Value Hardware and Lumber this weekend. The event runs Friday through Sunday at the former Simonsons Lumber building on 4th Street. Owner Kerry Demars says the store is fully stocked and ready for business. Specials this weekend include a bucket sale where shoppers can buy a 5 gallon bucket for a dollar and receive 25 percent off all the regular priced items they can fit inside. Door prizes will be given away throughout the three days with the bigger ticket items given out at close of business Sunday. Demars says grand prizes include a seven piece patio set, gas pressure washer, a Weber gas grill and two lawn mower. He says those registered need not be present to win the grand prizes. A free hot dog and brat lunch will also be offered on Saturday from 11-1. True Value's hours are 8-6 Monday through Friday, 8-5:30 on Saurdays and noon to 5 on Sundays.
Extra traffic safety patrols during the month of July resulted in over 3,000 citizen contacts across North Dakota. Forty-eight law enforcement agencies, including the North Dakota Highway Patrol, added extra shifts in July for Click It Or Ticket seat belt enforcement. A total of 2,814 citations were attributed to the added patrols. Of the total, 970 were citations for failure to use a proper safety restraint and 35 were child restraint citations. Tickets for speeding totaled 1,195. The traffic stops also resulted in six felony violations, 20 drug arrests and eight DUIs. Increased law enforcement for traffic safety is one element of a collaborative effort to eliminate roadway deaths in North Dakota. Seat belt use is crucial to preventing motor vehicle crash injuries and deaths. On average in North Dakota, over 60 percent of those who die while riding or operating a passenger vehicle or pickup are unbelted. In 2014, 75 people died who were unbelted-46 of them were totally or partially ejected. Funding for additional traffic safety enforcement is provided by federal grant money distributed through the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT). Learn more about traffic safety initiatives at ndcodefortheroad.org
The Grafton Police department is reminding residents to remove valuables from their vehicles and to keep them locked at all times following a recent rash of thefts and vehicle break-ins. Grafton Police Chief Anthony Dumas says between eight and ten vehicles were broken into last weekend alone. He says the thefts are not occurring in any one part of the city, but rather sporadically all over town. Dumas adds the thefts are not wholly contained within city limits and that the department is teaming with the highway patrol to investigate cases elsewhere in the county. Dumas says a majority of the crimes have occurred in cases where the vehicles have been open though in some instances the locks have been picked. Even so, he says its just always a good idea to lock your vehicle.
Residents are being asked to report any suspicious activity to the Grafton Police Department.
One woman is dead after authorities say she was laying on the highway and was struck by a vehicle. North Dakota State Highway Patrol says the incident happened around 10:30 Friday night. They say a vehicle driven by George Murray of Arvilla was heading eastbound on Highway 2 from Arvilla to Grand Forks. The driver was unable to see 41-year-old April Kuntz, in all dark clothes, laying on the the road. The driver then hit the woman. She died from injuries on the scene.
Congressman Kevin Cramer released the following statement following oral arguments in a case where 13 states, including North Dakota, are seeking an injunction to delay the effective date of the "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS) Rule. "I applaud Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem for his strong leadership on this issue. This request is appropriate because the rule will have a devastating effect on North Dakota's economy as well as the economy of our nation. Given the serious legal and constitutional questions surrounding the rule, the case should be litigated to conclusion before the rule's effects go into place, making a temporary injunction a simple matter for the court to decide. I look forward to Judge Erickson's order next week." If an injunction is not issued by the courts, the WOTUS Rule will go into effect on Friday, August 28.
An accident sent two people to the hospital yesterday afternoon near Hoople. The crash occurred in the construction zone on Highway 18 around 12:12 PM. 85 year old Eric Larson of Park River had been travelling south on the highway. Larson's Cadillac struck a Nissan driven by 20 year old Laura Hinkel of Edinburg when he attempted to pass a southbound street sweeper. It then struck the street sweeper before coming to rest in the east ditch of the highway. Hinkel's Nissan also ended up in the east ditch. The driver of the street sweeper was uninjured. Larson and Hinkel were both injured and transported to Pembina County Memorial Hospital in Cavalier. Both Vehicles were totaled and towed from the scene. Larson was cited for passing while unsafe. The crash remains under investigation by the North Dakota Highway patrol.
North Dakota’s fall turkey season is set with 3,655 licenses available to hunters,150 fewer than last year. Prospective hunters, including gratis applicants, can apply online, or print out an application to mail, at the State Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov. Paper applications will be available by Aug. 21 from Game and Fish offices, county auditors and license vendors. The deadline for applying is Sept. 2ND. Applications are also accepted at the department’s toll-free licensing line, 800-406-6409. A service fee is added for license applications made over the phone.
Only North Dakota residents are eligible to apply in the first lottery. Nonresidents can apply for fall turkey licenses that are still available following the first lottery. An experimental turkey bow hunting season will continue within the city of Bismarck to help control a growing population of birds in residential areas. A maximum of 25 licenses will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to individuals who are licensed to bow hunt deer within the city. These licenses will be available at the Game and Fish Department in Bismarck once a person has a valid city archery permit.
A maximum of 75 turkey licenses are available for an experimental bow season on the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation land south of Bismarck. Licenses will be available at the Game and Fish Department after a person receives an access permit from NDDOCR. A maximum of 45 turkey licenses will be issued for an experimental bow season for the city of Fargo and specific surrounding areas. Licenses will be distributed to those licensed to bow hunt deer within the city limits of Fargo, and will be available at the Game and Fish headquarters in Bismarck after a person has received a valid city archery permit. Hunting units 21 (Hettinger and Adams counties) and 53 (Divide and Williams counties) will remain closed to fall turkey hunting in 2015 because of low turkey numbers. The fall wild turkey season extends from Oct. 10 through Jan. 3, 2016.
WATERFOWL REGULATIONS SET
North Dakota’s 2015 waterfowl season is set, with noteworthy changes including a daily bag limit of two canvasbacks and three white-fronted geese. Opening day for North Dakota residents is Sept. 26 for ducks, geese, coots and mergansers. Nonresidents may begin hunting waterfowl in North Dakota Oct. 3. The season for swans opens Oct. 3 for both residents and nonresidents.
Hunters may take six ducks per day with the following restrictions: five mallards of which two may be hens, three wood ducks, three scaup, two redheads, two pintails and two canvasbacks. Similar to last year, an additional two blue-winged teal can be taken from Sept. 26 through Oct. 11. The daily limit of five mergansers may include no more than two hooded mergansers. For ducks and mergansers, the possession limit is three times the daily limit.
The hunting season for Canada geese in the Missouri River zone will close Jan. 1, 2016, while the remainder of the state will close Dec. 24. The season for whitefronts closes Dec. 6, while the season on light geese is open through Jan. 3, 2016. Shooting hours for all geese are one-half hour before sunrise to 1 p.m. each day through Oct. 31. Beginning Nov. 1, shooting hours are extended until 2 p.m. each day.
Extended shooting hours for all geese are permitted from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset on Saturdays and Wednesdays through Nov. 25, and on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays from Nov. 28 through the end of each season. The bag limit for Canada geese during the regular season is eight daily and 24 in possession, except in the Missouri River zone where the limit is five daily and 15 in possession. The daily limit on whitefronts is three with nine in possession, and light goose is 50 daily, with no possession limit.
Rebecca Wright has passed away from the injuries sustained in the crash on August 15. Authorities say 26-year-old Rebecca Wright of Grand Forks was driving the wrong way north of Manvel just after midnight.
Wright hit a truck head on. The truck driver then crossed through the median and was struck by another truck. That truck then flipped into the ditch. The woman's vehicle caught fire. Wright was taken to Altru Hospital. I-29 was closed for several hours. The crash and any potential charges for Wright's role in the incident remains under investigation.