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North Dakota students may have been cold as they braved single-digit temperatures on Saturday to launch a pair of large balloons 100,000 feet into the sky, but UND scientists said it was much colder where the balloons were off to. "It reaches, like, negative 80 degrees up there," said Marissa Saad, coordinator for NASA's North Dakota Space Grant program. "So we're freezing, but the equipment and the balloons are all good."
HILLSBORO, N.D.—In September, the Hillsboro City Commission was notified garbage service costs likely would soon increase by $1,300 due to a steady increase in municipal and commercial waste. But there was another option which commissioners approved in November, The city could charge all of its residents for recycling, which would increase Hillsboro's revenue for refuse costs and decrease the amount of waste it has to pay for, City Auditor Matt Mutzenberger said.
Former council member and unsuccessful mayoral candidate Dana Johnson took the stand at a Crookston Ways and Means meeting Tuesday night to address what she said was corruption in the city's government. Johnson waited until council members and staff finished discussing agenda items on downtown traffic and recycling to bring up concerns she had with an alleged conflict between City Administrator Shannon Stassen and Craig Hoiseth, the executive director of the Crookston Housing and Economic Development Authority.
Grand Forks County has officially selected Bob Rost, Diane Knauf and Tom Falck for the County Commission, following a recount Wednesday. Results were close after Election Day, with only a 47-vote difference between Falck and Kyle Kvamme. On Thursday morning, County Auditor Debbie Nelson, who led the recount, said the difference ended up being only 49 votes. The newly elected Rost and incumbents Knauf and Falck will be sworn in Dec. 4, according to County Administrator Tom Ford. Rost is replacing outgoing commissioner Gary Malm.
The Metropolitan Planning Organization is making another attempt at improving several intersections along the Minnesota Highway 220 corridor in East Grand Forks. After studies from 2007 and 2012 predicted traffic increases and safety concerns along a 2-mile stretch of highway from Ninth Street Northeast to 140th Street, the MPO plans to update its data and revisit previous recommendations that might mitigate congestion.
Summer may be long gone, but the East Grand Forks pool remained a hot topic for City Council members Tuesday night.
The Metropolitan Planning Organization sought preliminary approval from both the Grand Forks and East Grand Forks city councils Tuesday night, as director Earl Haugen shared a draft of an updated 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan. The MPO serves transportation needs on both sides of the Red River, and every five years it researches the community’s needs and updates the long-range plan.
Not only does Grand Forks Air Force Base have a place in the national defense plan, but it also has a spot in the Greater Grand Forks Community, Col. Ben Spencer said Tuesday. Air Force personnel, city leaders, state legislators and community members filled a banquet room Tuesday morning at the Ramada Inn for the Chamber of Commerce's annual State of the Base address. "You and this base are connected for years and onward because you live here," Spencer said.
Grand Forks County will begin recounting ballots in the County Commission race on Wednesday morning. "We will look at every single ballot for the judge's initials and voter intent," said County Auditor Debbie Nelson. "Every ballot will be counted again by a machine. We will first do an example to make sure our machines are accurate, and then we'll count them all." Nelson still was accepting absentee ballots postmarked by Nov. 5 and set aside ballots until Tuesday, she said, when the canvassing advisory board convened to finalize the results.
Street crews in Grand Forks spent the weekend clearing roads after an icy weekend of snow and wind. The National Weather Service said Monday the city had received from Friday through the weekend approximately 2 inches, with Grand Forks International Airport reporting 1.8 inches and the Service's office 2.1 inches. By Monday, staff had finished clearing main and secondary streets like DeMers Avenue and Belmont Road, said John Bernstrom from the Grand Forks Public Information Center.