The Herald received a call from Jeff Wencl, coordinator of the Grand Forks Historic Preservation Commission, after the newspaper recently published a story detailing progress on the Kennedy Bridge. ("Kennedy Bridge work stays on track, Page A1, April 26.) Wencl wanted to let readers know the new lights to be installed on the Kennedy Bridge will remain a soft white even though the system will be capable of alternating all sorts of colors.
A reader asks what can be done to prevent people from turning the city's bus shelters into "party central." Public Transit Division Director Dale Bergman, who oversees Cities Area Transit, said the misuse of city bus shelters is not a unique problem to Grand Forks/East Grand Forks, but it is something his department works diligently to keep under control.
A quick trip to the mall and some other Grand Forks shopping centers could get a whole lot quicker by July for riders who choose to hop the bus with Cities Area Transit. Public Transit Division Director Dale Bergman said the city plans to add direct routes to several popular destinations such as Columbia Mall, SuperTarget and the south-end Walmart. It also wants to increase evening service, reduce the need for bus transfers and offer peak-time, 15-minute service between UND and downtown Grand Forks.
DEVILS LAKE — There's not a bad seat in the house in the new Learning Commons at Lake Region State College — nor a bad spot to stand, for that matter, if you prefer to use a height-adjustable computer desktop. Director Sheila Collins said the space inside the Paul Hoghaug Library has been transformed to adapt to the different ways students study and do research today.
PARK RIVER, N.D. — First Care Health Center in Park River will expand its outpatient building to make room for more treatment areas and increase patient privacy. Existing space also will be remodeled to create an integrated pharmacy that will provide more patient safety and education on medicines, according to a recent report in the Walsh County Press. Barbara Midgarden Marks, a native of Park River, will be the senior designer leading the project, the story stated.
We're going to mix it up a little today by introducing you to the woman with all the flower power at the Grand Forks Park District. Longtime horticulturalist Melissa Grafenauer really digs her job. For nearly two decades, it has been her responsibility to make sure the city gets pretty. And in the summertime, that's a job that grows bigger and brighter each day.
CROOKSTON — The finishing touches are being added to two portable patios the city will make available for use by downtown businesses for special events this summer. Shirley Iverson, a member of the Downtown Crookston Development Partnership, said the group raised money for the movable patio decks after seeing them in other communities.
DEVILS LAKE — After months of planning, talks with property owners and public input meetings the city of Devils Lake soon is expected to take the next giant step toward building a brand-new look for its downtown. City Engineer Mike Grafsgaard said the City Commission will review plans May 7 for the $6.4 million infrastructure and streetscape project and likely will move forward by advertising for bids. Construction could begin as early as late July.
DEVILS LAKE — Attorney Kelly Swenseth's grandmother was pretty particular about her full-length fur coat. So particular, in fact, she allowed her younger sister to borrow it just once to wear out. If only Evelyn Bonde Swenseth had known her most prized piece of wardrobe one day would hang in the same spot as an oil-stained, small-engine repair shop, she would have been shocked. Not since the last time she'd slipped the cherished mink over her shoulders had it lever ooked as fitting or fine.
As spring temperatures finally improve in the Grand Cities, crews are ramping up construction work on the roughly $20 million Kennedy Bridge project. Paul Konickson, project engineer with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, said Monday the two-year project is on schedule with major work expected to be complete and all four lanes open again before winter returns.