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Published 11:09am Friday, July 26, 2013

Astronaut alum to give speech for UND graduation

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — This year’s summer commencement ceremony at the University of North Dakota will be out of this world.

Astronaut, Vining native and UND alum Karen Nyberg will deliver the keynote speech from space. She is currently orbiting the Earth in the International Space Station, and NASA will deliver her recorded message.

Nyberg first traveled to the International Space Station aboard a space shuttle in 2008. She made her second journey on a Russian Soyuz capsule that blasted off from Kazakhstan in late May. She’s to remain in space until late this year.

About 520 students are eligible to graduate from UND during the Aug. 2 ceremony. — AP


The search for a home for memorial continues

ELBOW LAKE — The search for a location of the Veteran’s Memorial continues as members of the organizing group consider Veteran’s Park, the museum grounds and Barrett as potential sites.

A spokesman for the committee requested fill for the memorial if located in the park, according to the Grant County Herald.

Grant County Commissioners wanted more information and a nod from the city before making a decision.


Minnesota counties

hit by June storms

get federal help

ST. PAUL — President Obama has signed a federal disaster declaration for 18 Minnesota counties, including Grant, Douglas and Wilkin, hit hard by severe storms, high winds and flooding in late June.

The declaration issued Thursday makes federal disaster aid available to state and eligible local governments, and to certain private non-profit organizations, for recovery and rebuilding efforts. The storms occurred between June 20 and 26. — AP


Lowest trail bid

well over estimate

BATTLE LAKE — City council members opened bids for the bike trail improvements July 16, but found the lowest bid from Anderson Brothers was 40 percent higher than the engineer’s estimates. The council will consider its next step at a July 30 meeting, according to the Battle Lake Review.

Bids submitted by Mark Sand and Gravel of Fergus Falls came in at $1,085,946.50; Anderson Brothers of Brainerd at 492,820.26; Central Specialties of Alexandria at 651,109.34; and an incomplete bid from Howard’s Driveway of Menahga.

The bids included labor and materials for the project.


Hoffman church plans 140th


HOFFMAN — Lincoln Lutheran Church north of Hoffman is celebrating its 140th anniversary this weekend with various events.

Kicking off the celebration on Saturday is Dessert with the Ladies at 1 p.m. Saturday honoring former Ladies Aid members, followed by an all Sunday school reunion sing-along at 2 p.m.

Games area planned at 3 p.m. which will include a lefse race, flatbread whistle and sack race.

At 5:30 p.m. hamburgers will be served. Cost is by donation.

A pie-throwing contest, duck pond, bingo and karaoke are planned at 6 p.m.

Other activities are also planned throughout the evening and on Sunday.


Pelicans making a comeback

PELICAN RAPIDS — Pelicans appear to be making a comeback in the Otter Tail County area around Pelican Rapids due to conservation efforts, and several years of high water which has created wetlands for the water fowl.

White pelicans were driven to near extinction from human pressures and loss of habitat, according the Department of Natural Resources, as reported by the Press.

Nesting pelicans in Minnesota were absent from 1878 1968, an absence of 90 years.

However, federal regulations and efforts to build areas pelicans might nest have paid off, with an estimated 22,000 pairs of pelicans reported across the state

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