Kevin Bonham covers regional news, mostly from northeast North Dakota, for the Grand Forks Herald. A North Dakota native who grew up in Mandan and Dickinson, he has been a reporter or an editor with the Herald and Forum Communications for more than 30 years. Find his articles at: www.grandforksherald.com. He welcomes story ideas via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone, (701) 780-1110.
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Slowing freight demand has prompted BNSF Railway to lay off several dozen employees in North Dakota and western Minnesota. The layoffs, which some reports indicate may be nearing 100, generally have been spread between four yards: Grand Forks, Mandan and Minot in North Dakota, and Dilworth. “Our workforce needs are driven by our customers’ freight transportation needs,” BNSF spokeswoman Amy McBeth said.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. -- Authorities are searching for a Thief River Falls man who told police he killed his friend in a car crash resulting from a game of “chicken.” A warrant has been issued for Scott Wayne Srnsky, 41, who is facing a felony charge of criminal vehicular homicide in the May 26 death of Jacob James Kasprowicz, 29, whose address was listed as Warren, Minn. Srnsky had been arrested June 30 in Grand Forks, N.D., and booked into the Grand Forks County Correctional Center on a charge of driving under suspension/revocation.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — A successful rescue of a deer that was stranded in the icy waters of the Red Lake River in Crookston was caught on video Wednesday. Ross Hier, area wildlife supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and Crookston Fire Department firefighter Chris Klawitter used a flat-bottom boat to navigate through water and over ice to bring the deer to shore. Hier said the Fire Department received the call at about 2:50 p.m.
The recent closing of the American Legion Club in Bemidji surprised some veterans in the area, even though they also are experiencing the struggle to keep their clubs open in...
PLUMMER, Minn. -- Travelers along Red Lake County Road 1 just east of here might wonder if the gigantic tent that went up this winter is some sort of modern-day revival of the old Big Top Circus. Actually, the tent is a protective covering for work crews who are building a new pumping station.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. -- Authorities in the Thief River Falls region are seeking the public's help in their investigation of the weekend shooting deaths of two horses and critical injury to another on a farm near the far northwestern Minnesota community. The incident occurred late Friday or early Saturday on the farm of Todd and Heidi Carlson, who live about one mile southeast of Thief River Falls Regional Airport.
FOSSTON, Minn. -- A fire that damaged a rural house near Fosston, Minn., Tuesday night has been ruled accidental, and brought an outpouring of a support for an Amish family...
ROSEAU, Minn. – Cash bail of at least $1 million was set today for a Roman Catholic priest who fled to his native India eight years ago to avoid facing...
Amtrak’s temporary detour of Empire Builder trains has reversed directions in North Dakota. Eastbound passengers boarding or leaving Amtrak in northern and northeastern North Dakota are now traveling by buses...
Amtrak’s Empire Builder detour will continue at least until late this year through eastern North Dakota, the result of construction delays along BSNF Railway tracks. Amtrak has been using chartered...