The Grafton Park Board held a special meeting Wednesday to approve the
second reading of the 2017 Budget. Scott Hills made the motion to
approve the second reading of the budget, it was seconded by Todd Storey
and passed unanimously with board member Corey Burns absent.
In other business Grafton Parks and Recreation director Bill Dahl informed
the board that the roof project for the park district office and visitor center
has been completed by the Insulation place. The board also agreed to
invite the Blue Line Club to the regular October meeting to discuss the
Centennial Center Roof project. The regular October meeting is scheduled
for Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 5:15 at the Park District office meeting room at
715 West 5th Street in Grafton.
At it’s most recent meeting, the Walsh County Commission passed a motion paving the way for county employees to have the option of purchasing Dental and vision insurance. Walsh County Highway Superintendent Sharon Lipsh presented a proposal to the commission on behalf of county employees. The motion was made by Ernie Barta and Seconded by Lawrence Burianek to go ahead and see if there is enough interest among county employees ..
County employees, would pay 100 percent of the premium out of the own pocket..The premium price will depend on how many employees choose to sign up.
The vision plan through StanCorp Financial Group and the Dental plan though Delta Dental are just an option and not mandatory.
KENNEDY, MINN. – Since early morning, Fire departments from 10 communities in Minnesota and North Dakota have been fighting a grain elevator fire in Kennedy, in northwest Minnesota.
According to the Kittson County Sheriff's Office, the Farmers Elevator, located along Highway 75, is a total loss. The elevator was reported to have been full of grain recently harvested.
The fire was reported around 12:30 this morning by a passing motorist. Fire departments from Kennedy, Hallock, Lancaster, Lake Bronson, Karlstad, Argyle, Warren, Stephen, Pembina, N.D. and Drayton, N.D, responded to the fire.
There have been no reports of any injuries.
Wednesday , Sept. 28 is the date for a planned community forum to address the
reality of the presence of drugs and their usage in the Grafton Community. The
program is entitled “Close to Home…Uniting Community, keeping home safe.”
The program will be held at the Grafton Public Schools Performing Arts Center,
Wednesday Sept. 29 from 7-8:30 p.m. All community members , parents and
concerned Citizens are invited to learn about the current opioid crisis and the
dangerous drugs which have hit too close to home. As part of the presentation a
locally produced and powerful documentary “FADED” will be shown. Following
the showing of the documentary, there will be a panel discussion including
experts from the Northeast Human Service Center, Grafton Police Department,
Walsh County Sheriff’s Department, the Grand Forks Narcotics Task force and
Medical experts. Time will also be allowed for questions from the audience after
The panel discussion.
Students in grades 7-12 from Grafton and St. Thomas will viewing the same
documentary and hearing from the panel Thursday, Sept. 29 during the school
The annual Potato Bowl Festivities are underway at the University of North Dakota. This Year’s Potato Bowl has a local flavor as Katelyn Desautel of Grafton is serving as a Potato Bowl Ambassador and Tom Campbell of Grafton is serving as Potato Bowl Grand Marshal.
Desautel is a graduate of Grafton High School where she earned a 3.86 GPA. She was a member of the Grafton High School Honor’s Society and the North Valley Career-Tech Center’s Honor’s Society. She is attending the University of North Dakota this fall pursuing a Major in Nursing with plans to achieve a Master’s of Science as a Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in Dermatology.
Desautel is serving as an Ambassador along with Karlee Westrem of East Grand Forks. Westrem, is a 2014 graduate of East Grand Forks High School and has completed her sophomore year at UND.
Potato Bowl Ambassadors are sons and daughters or grandchildren of North Plains Potato Growers Association growers and associates. They are selected by an independent committee base on academic performance and school and community involvement. Each receives a $1,000 scholarship for the college education.
District 19 Senator Tom Campbell is co-founder of Campbell Farms in Grafton. Campbell Farms is a first generation potato farm which has locations & packing sheds in North Dakota and Minnesota that provides fresh & seed potatoes 12 months/year to retail stores and restaurants.
One of the biggest activities of Potato Bowl week is the world’s largest French fry feed. That takes place tonight at University Park and Memorial Stadium from 4:30 p.m. until dusk.
Potato Bowl week wraps up Saturday with the 51st Annual Potato Bowl Football Game – North Dakota vs the University of South Dakota. Kickoff time is 4:00 inside the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.
Grafton School District # 3 held a public hearing Monday in the Grafton High School Library. The purpose of the hearing was to inform tax payers in the School District of proposed Mill Level for the 2016 tax year.
Grafton Superintendent Jack Maus said the proposed Mill Levy will be 143 Mills. That number is two Mills less than last year, however property tax revenue is estimated to increase 1.74 percent.
In addition to the 2 Mill reduction, Maus said due to state wide legislation, Grafton taxpayers will see an additional 12 percent reduction on their entire tax property tax bill.
During Monday’s regular monthly meeting the Grafton School board approved the Activity, Food Service, Sinking and Interest, Building, General Fund and Special Reserve Fund budgets as well as the Certificate of levy.
In other action items, the board approved a motion to accept two Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grants. Century Elementary received $19,000 and Grafton Middle School was awarded a grant in the amount of $12,100.
Also at Monday’s meeting, Maus informed the board that the school district received at $62,000 Pre-Kindergarten Education . The Grant is part of an early childhood program serving four-year old children that are eligible for free and reduced lunches. The grant the district received will provide $2,000 for each four-year old student that receives free lunches and $1,000 for each student on reduced lunches.
9-13-16 Grafton city council – RR Water Supply project
By a 6-1 vote Monday, Grafton’s City Council approved a motion to participate in the Red River Valley Water supply project. The project’s objective is to move water via pipeline from the Missouri River to Eastern North Dakota. The project is intended to make sure Eastern Counties in the State have water, should the Red River ever run seriously low or dry.
On a motion by Brian Sieben and second by Greg Young, the council agreed to “buy in” at the 2.0 cubic foot per second, or CFS level. Grafton currently uses .76 CFS of water annually from the Red River of the North.
Grafton Mayor Chris West said the 2.0 CFS level would insure that the city would have all the water it would need, plus leave room for possible growth of industry in the future.
Along with the buy in comes a price tag. Depending on how many other entities buy in the project, Grafton will pay an initial cost of somewhere between $21,000 and $28,000. The money would be due in June, 2017 and come out of the City’s Water Department Budget.
With Councilman Don Hutson absent, Shane Mohn was the lone dissenting vote. He told the Council he was “all for” the project, but thought the city should have bought in at a higher CFS level.
(JAMESTOWN, ND) – Forty-four North Dakotans are participating in the National
Farmers Union’s legislative fly-in this week to raise awareness of the worsening
farm economy, which has been on a downward spiral since 2014. Average net farm income in North Dakota has dropped from $76,404 in 2014 to $28,600 in 2015, a 63 percent decline alone.
“The safety net in the 2014 Farm Bill hasn’t done its job,” said NDFU President Mark Watne.
Watne said low farm prices are predicted to continue for the next several years,
which will present challenges to the survival of family farms and rural communities.
Punishing low commodity prices and rising input costs have added to farm debt, he noted, which has deteriorated credit conditions for many producers who are unable to make loan repayments.
Farmers Union members are also urging members of Congress to oppose any legislative changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires renewable fuel to be blended into the nation’s fuel supply, and to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Watne said multilateral trade agreements have generally failed to increase export opportunities. He noted The U.S. trade deficit last year alone was $531 billion.
NORTH DAKOTA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION REPORT
Fargo, ND – For the week ending September 11, 2016, average temperatures ranged from one to five degrees below normal across most of North Dakota, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Most harvest activities here in the northeastern part of the State were halted due to rainfall. Persistent moisture in our area has caused drowned out acres and promoted disease in unharvested crops.
The moisture received in the southwestern part of the State was much needed, as late season crops were showing signs of stress. There were 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 3 percent very short, 14 short, 70 adequate, and 13 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 4 percent very short, 14 short, 71 adequate, and 11 surplus
Plans are underway for the 21st annual First Care Health Center Harvest Fest which will be held on Thursday, Sept. 15th at the Park River Coliseum.
Funds from this year's Harvest Fest will be used to help purchase a height-adjustable reclining sit bath and a bath chair for the patients at First Care.
Doors open at 5:30 with the Wine Grab and Pumpkin Patch. The wine bags are $20 and include a free bottle of wine. The wine is free...the bag is extra!
Supper will be served at 6:30. The meal will be catered by Jim's Super Valu and FCHC's Dietary is baking homemade cookies for dessert.
Arlyn Askim will be calling the Basket Auction again this year. A variety of baskets have been donated this year and it should be a great Basket Auction.
That’s First Care Health Center’s 21st Annual Harvest Fest at the Park River Coliseum on Thursday, September 15th.