62 year old Gregory Sevigny of Grafton is in custody after a several hour stand off on Saturday night. The Grafton Police Department had received a tip around 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning that a man at a residence on McHugh Avenue was in possession of and possibly manufacturing explosive devices. The Grafton Police Department utilized the Grand Forks Regional SWAT team along with the Grand Forks Bomb Squad in executing a search warrant at Sevigny's home. Grafton Police Chief Anthony Dumas says all agencies involved proceeded with caution on concerns of public safety. He says once there's a threat of explosions, it's a game changer and different protocols must be followed. Dumas says several explosive devices were recovered after Sevigny was taken into custody. He says the lengthy standoff had continued inside the home once officers gained entry. Sevigny was the only one inside the home when officers were inside. Dumas says everyone else had been removed before the standoff began. The Walsh County Sheriff's Office, ND Highway Patrol, and the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives are assisting in the on-going investigation.
The North Dakota Crop Improvement and Seed Association (NDCISA) is holding
district meetings Dec. 3-8 for anyone who wants to learn about new varieties or
producing seed, or has questions about seed laws.
"Everyone interested in growth and promotion of the North Dakota seed industry
is strongly encouraged to attend," says Toni Muffenbier, NDCISA office manager.
The district, date, time and location of the meetings in this area are:
* Northeast, Dec. 5, 9 a.m., Fireside Inn and Suites, Devils Lake
* Southeast, Dec. 8, 9:30 a.m., Days Inn, Casselton
Topics during the business meetings include:
* Financial report
* County membership and checkoff update
* Dakota Select Seed update
* District resolutions
* District elections
In addition to a business meeting, program topics to be covered during the
* Research fee update and impact - Dale Zetocha, NDSU Research Foundation
* State Seed Department update - Ken Bertsch or Jason Goltz, North Dakota State
Seed Department representative
* Small-grain variety update - NDSU Extension Service representative
* Foundation Seedstocks update - Gonzalo Rojas, NDSU Foundation Seedstocks
The meetings are free and open to the public. Door prizes, including free field
inspections for 40 acres, will be given away at each district meeting. For more
information, contact Muffenbier at (701) 231-8067 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The fate of the Winter Sports Arena was the main topic at the Grafton Park Board's last regular meeting on November 12th. The arena was officially shut down in October due to mold issues. Grafton Parks and Rec Director Bill Dahl says an early bid to remediate the mold problem came in at around $102,000. He says the estimate to replace the roof, which has been the main cause of the mold issues, came close to $150,000. Because of the cost estimates, Dahl says the Park Board had instructed him to take steps to sell the building. But youth hockey board member Chris Thompson last Wednesday asked the board if they would hold off on the sale while ways to utilize the arena for hockey and figure skating were explored. Some of the options being discussed include using volunteers to clean the facility and remediate the mold problem. Other ideas include fixing the roof and in the future use natural ice in the arena to forgo the cost of replacing the buildings aging ice plant, which Dahl says is a whole other issue in itself. He says replacing the entire plant with new equipment would cost upwards of $190,000. He says repairs to the building over the years have amounted to little more than band aids. Adding that if the decision is made to repair the building, He'd like to see those repairs last at least 30 years.
The Audio below is from a recent discussion Dahl and Mike Steinfeld had with KXPO's Sean Ford on The Community Billboard
The Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Holiday Stroll Wine Walk this evening. The walk runs from 5:00 pm-9:00 pm. Participants can start at The Strand Theater or Grafton Floral and Greenhouse until 7:30 where they'll receive a wine glass and punch card for $10.00. People can turn their card in at any of the participating businesses or bring it to Marketplace on 8th tonight at 9:00 pm for a chance to win a door prize. The next Chamber Event will be held this Saturday as it hosts the Fall Arts and Crafts show at the Grafton Armory from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission to the craft show is $1
The Park River Area School improvement project will move forward. Voters in the school district Tuesday night said yes to both questions on the ballot. The first question, which required a 60% majority to pass, asked voters to allow the district to bond for just under $9 million. It passed by a margin of 430-150 or 74 % in favor. The second question, which required a 50% majority, dealt with allowing the school district to raise its debt limit beyond the statutory 5%. That was passed on 417-175 vote for 70 % approval. Superintendent Kirk Ham says the design phase is set to begin immediately. He says he'd like to see construction start as soon as school gets out in the spring. Results of the election are unofficial until certified at the next school board meeting.
The Park River Area School is holding its special bond election today for the purpose of funding a renovation and addition project at the school. Polls are open at the school's Alumni room from 9AM to 7PM. There'll be
two questions on the ballot and both have to pass in order for the project to move forward. School Superintendent Kirk Ham says the first question deals with allowing the school to bond for just under nine million dollars and needs a 60% majority to pass. He says the second question, which requires 50% majority to pass, seeks approval to raise the schools debt limit beyond the statutory 5%. Ham says it's unlikely that anyone in favor of the project would split their vote on the ballot. He says the question on raising the debt limit is really just part of the legal process. With 434 students, enrollment at Park River Area School is the highest it's been in the last ten years. And projections for the next decade show those numbers remaining steady. Ham says the school is mainly just running out of space. He says the biggest issue is physical size of the classrooms which he says were not designed adequately. If the referendum passes, Ham says the design phase would begin immediately. He says he'd like to see construction start as soon as school gets out in the
At their September meeting, the Park River Area School Board voted to hold a bond election on November 18 for the purpose of funding a renovation/addition project to the school. More details can be found by clicking on the Building Project tab or by contacting Kirk Ham. Polls are open from 9AM-7PM tomorrow
The North Dakota Highway Patrol and the North Dakota Department of Transportation are urging all motorists to drive with care, buckle up and obey posted speed limits. If road conditions deteriorate, motorists should drive for the conditions and have a winter travel kit in their vehicles. Motorists should be prepared to share the road with snow plows and other maintenance equipment. So far this year, 113 people have died in traffic crashes in the state. Weather and road conditions have been contributing factors in at least three fatal crashes and several injury crashes since the beginning of November. “Every crash strengthens our resolve to emphasize that lives can be saved by driving defensively, sober and with seatbelts fastened,” said Col. Michael Gerhart.
Road information can be checked by dialing 511, using the smartphone app or accessing the DOT’s travel information map at www.dot.nd.gov. Troopers will continue with proactive enforcement through the end of the year. All traffic laws will be strictly enforced in an effort to save lives.
Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to attend a North Dakota Game and Fish Department advisory board meeting in their area. These public meetings, held each spring and fall, provide citizens with an opportunity to discuss fish and wildlife issues and ask questions of their district advisors and agency personnel. The governor appoints eight Game and Fish Department advisors, each representing a multi-county section of the state, to serve as a liaison between the department and public. Any person who requires an auxiliary aid or service must notify the contact person at least five days prior to the scheduled meeting date.
District 4 – Counties: Grand Forks, Nelson, Pembina and Walsh
Date: Nov. 25 – 7 p.m.
Location: American Legion Club, Fordville
Host: Dakota Prairie Wildlife Club
Contact: Lynn Baier, 229-3665
Advisory board member: Ronald Houdek, Tolna, 262-4724