Grand Forks Herald
Jeff Bezos, who founded Amazon in 1994 and turned it into the retail giant it is today, is looking for a new company home. Bezos calls it HQ2. It will be the second headquarters for Amazon, which employs some 380,000. He is encouraging cities to submit ideas that will "allow Amazon to determine the ideal location for our project." And get this: The new headquarters will require approximately 50,000 new workers with average pay of $100,000.
A downtown Grand Forks salon has shuttered its doors. Olivieri’s Salon and Spa announced in late July via Facebook it was closing so owner Robbi Kovar could retire. The salon’s last day was July 22. “Our owner has decided to retire, and believe us, she certainly deserves it!” the Facebook post stated. “Although we're sad to see our journey together coming to an end, our talented stylists are ready and excited for their new adventures.”
Basin Electric Power Cooperative has donated $23,000 to the Great Plains Food Bank. The funds were raised by the company's annual Casual for a Cause Campaign, which allows employees to wear jeans during the summer months if they contribute a donation. The donation will provide almost 70,000 meals to those in need. The campaign started on Memorial Day and will continue through Labor Day. Almost 175 employees participated in this year's campaign.
Minnesota's congressional delegation announced Monday a federal grant of $258,000 for the Fosston Municipal Airport. The grant was provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation for infrastructure improvements such as rehabilitation of the apron and taxiway.
BISMARCK—Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 1, the price for entering North Dakota state parks will increase. As part of a fee hike the North Dakota Legislature passed during this year's legislative session, the cost of a daily vehicle pass will increase to $7 from the current price of $5. The daily vehicle pass, which provides full access to parks for the day, last increased in 2000.
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, and Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., today announced that the Senate and House Fiscal Year 2018 Appropriations bills will make $250,000 available to help prevent blackbird damage to crops. The funding will specifically support the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Health Inspection Service's use of fixed-wing aircraft to repel birds from fields.
The North Dakota congressional delegation on Monday announced a $882,500 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration to the Cavalier Municipal Airport Authority, according to a press release. The grant will be used to widen the hangar taxiway from 25 to 35 feet and to construct a 500-foot partial parallel taxiway.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota Supreme Court ordered a soon to be vacant seat on the bench in Grafton must be filled. Gov. Doug Burgum received notice April 25 that Judge M. Richard Geiger will be retiring from his seat in the Northeast Judicial District effective Oct. 1. The court is required to review pending vacancies within 90 days of receiving notice and Monday released its decision that the spot be filled.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., along with Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and John Barrasso, R-WY, introduced a bill Wednesday that would promote clean coal and reduce emissions, according to a release from Heitkamp's office. The bill extends the 45Q tax credit to incentivize the development of carbon captures technologies while reducing emissions, according to the release.
The Grand Forks Police Department has received several complaints of vehicles crossing the double yellow lines into the 600 block northbound on South Washington Street, which is a turn lane for drivers turning west onto DeMers Avenue, according to a release. Vehicles are entering the turn lane in an attempt to enter the Starbucks parking lot.