Class B All State Boys’ Basketball Team

GRAND FORKS ( - Tronis McKay has gotten a lot of individual awards in basketball. He’d trade them all in for one more win during the boys high school basketball season.

McKay and his Four Winds-Minnewaukan teammates came up one win shy of a repeat title in the North Dakota Class B state tournament, losing 63-60 to Hillsboro-Central Valley in the title game last Saturday.

The championship outcome can’t be reversed. But the individual recognition continues for McKay. After being named Class B senior player of the year and voted a finalist for the state’s Mr. Basketball award, McKay has been named to the Class B all-state first team, as selected by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

Joining McKay on the all-senior first team are Ethan Brown of Finley-Sharon/Hope-Page, Logan Nelson of Northern Cass, Deyondre Simpson of Parshall and Shawn Stoltz of Dickinson Trinity.

McKay, a second team all-stater as a junior, was the offensive leader of the 25-2 Indians team that was ranked first in the weekly Class B poll all season. The versatile 6-foot-3 McKay paced the team with averages of 21.1 points and 7.4 rebounds, while also getting 3.5 assists and 2.9 steals per game. He was a highlight film, making approximately 25 dunks this season.

Brown, Nelson and Simpson also were second team all-state selections last season.

The 6-3 Brown averaged a double double with 23.4 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. He shot 56 percent from the field.

The 6-3 Nelson averaged 27.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.7 steals.

Versatility was a strength for the 6-4 Stoltz. The senior averaged 16.8 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.5 assists.

Simpson, a 6-foot-4 multi-position player, filled the stat line. He averaged 18.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 3.6 blocks and 3.2 steals a game. He was a 52 percent shooter (46-of-89) on 3-point shots.

Second team

Kyle Henningsgard, Hillsboro-Central Valley: The 5-11 senior, who hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer in the state championship game, paced the Burros with averages of 16.4 points, 5.3 assists and 2.4 steals per game.

Steve Redfox, Four Winds-Minnewaukan: The 5-10 senior averaged 12.6 points, 5.1 assists, 2.8 steals and 5.1 rebounds.

Jayden Komrosky, North Star: The 6-4 senior averaged 22.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.6 steals. He’s a repeat pick on the all-state second team.

Jake Hanson, Milnor-North Sargent: The 6-foot senior averaged 26.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 2.3 steals.

Wyatt Hanson, Stanley: The 6-4 junior averaged 24.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.3 steals.

Isaiah Kludt, Hettinger-Scranton: The 5-6 junior averaged 17.5 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals a game.

Cody Mauch, Hankinson: The 6-5 senior averaged 20 points, 15.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.8 blocks.

Drew Pearson, Des Lacs-Burlington: The 5-11 senior averaged 23.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 3 steals.

Hunter Rodin, Kenmare: The 5-10 senior averaged 22.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.3 steals.

Brennen Vance, Ellendale: The 6-3 senior averaged 16.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.5 steals.

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Road Repairs at Frontier Village; Gun Suppressors for Police Department

JAMESTOWN, N.D. ( – The Jamestown Police and Fire Committee and Public Works Committee met Thursday evening to discuss several items.

During the Police & Fire Committee, Jamestown Police Chief Scott Edinger requested that the department use forfeiture funds from a drug bust to purchase suppressors for their rifle range.

The cost of adding suppressors for all the departments rifles would total to around $11,670 and would be useable on future rifles for the department. The council approved.

Public Works

Frontier Village Association President Nellie Degen brought up the current condition of the roadway and retaining wall at the Frontier Village.

Degen has been working with Travis Dillman of Interstate Engineering, who would not be able to move forward without approval from the council on finding asolution to the issue.

City Administrator Jeff Fuchs reported that the wall was installed several years ago without the permission of the city, yet the city of Jamestown owns the road. City Water Superintendent Steve Suko says a pipe in that area was a major concern.

Funding will be discussed once a cost is known for the project. The council approved Interstate Engineering to move forward with inspecting the project.

One of the final big issues discussed was a request from the North Dakot aSoybean Processors for the City to accept their plant processed wastewater at the Jamestown Wastewater Treatment facility. Mayor Andersen reported that the City already accepts wastewater from Spiritwood.

Mayor Andersen stated that some engineering costs may be included in finding more date for the wastewater. The committee will wait to receive more data which will be discussed at the April City Council meeting.

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State Veterinarian Encourages Increased Biosecurity for Poultry Owners

BISMARCK, N.D. (  – The confirmation of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial chicken breeder flock in Tennessee last week is the second finding in that state. The strain, H7N9, is of North American wild bird lineage.

 North Dakota had two cases of HPAI H5N2 in Dickey and LaMoure counties in 2015, affecting well over 100,000 birds combined.

 “As migration takes place this spring, we encourage producers to keep their birds away from wetland areas where waterfowl and other wild birds gather,” says Dr. Susan Keller, North Dakota’s State Veterinarian. “Some of our producers have taken the extra precaution of planting crops further away from their flocks when possible.”

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health Division offers assistance for surveillance of disease conditions such as avian influenza. Currently, approximately 60 samples per month are submitted to determine the avian influenza status of North Dakota. No infections have been detected.

Poultry owners should immediately report unusual death loss to their local veterinarian to decrease the impact HPAI may have on the region. Remember to restrict access to property, keep birds away from other birds and practice enhanced biosecurity.

 Centers for Disease Control considers the risk to people from HPAI infections to be low despite the disease often being fatal for birds. No human infections with the viruses have been detected in the U.S. and birds from infected flocks do not enter the food system.

The United States has the strongest avian influenza surveillance program in the world, and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is working with its partners to actively look for the disease in commercial poultry operations, live bird markets and in migratory wild bird populations.  

More information about avian influenza is available at and from the USDA-APHIS at

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Menards Road to JRMC Moving Forward; Recycling Contract Approved

JAMESTOWN, N.D. ( – Several community projects will be moving forward this year in Jamestown.

During a special Jamestown City Council meeting, plans and specifications along with the authorization for bids in the construction of 20th Street SW were approved. The road will connect Menards to the Jamestown Regional Medical Center.

Steve Aldinger with Interstate Engineering provided details for the project. The road will have be three lanes with a center turn lane, have connections for water on future projects, and will have a speed limit of 35 mph. Bids will be advertised and will be opened on April 14th. 

Aldinger reports that the road will be built to specifications in the Jamestown Land Use & Transportation Plan.

The project was unanimously approved.

Another road project in the works is the paving project for 5th Street, in front of the Two Rivers Activity Center. Ben Aaseth with Interstate Engineering gave the latest information.

The area will be ADA compliant for the visually impaired. Bids will be opened the same day as the Menards to JRMC Road. The council approved.

The last large item of discussion during the special council meeting was approval of amendments and agreements for recycling implementation. The name was changed to the Recycling Center of North Dakota and contract items that have been changed were read to the council.

Mayor Katie Andersen also reported that the contract will wave penalties and fees for the first six months of recycling. Renegotiations can also take place at any time and either party can elect to extend the start up date past July 1st, 2017 if necessary. The council voted in approval, with Councilman Dan Buchanan voting in opposition.

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NDFU Urges Enforcement of Rules to Protect Farmers Under Contract

JAMESTOWN, N.D. ( - North Dakota Farmers Union today urged the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to finalize rules that will protect family farmers and ranchers against anti-competitive and unfair conditions in heavily concentrated ag markets by implementing Farmer Fair Practices Rules.

“These rules will level the playing field between companies and families who raise livestock under contract,” said NDFU President Mark Watne. “With just a handful of companies controlling livestock and poultry markets, producers become price takers and have virtually no control over the prices they are paid or, in many cases, the way they raise their animals.”

Watne said the rules are a clarification of the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921, which was written to protect farmers and consumers from monopolistic practices and unfair or deceptive practices in the meatpacking industry.

Four giant meatpacking companies currently control 85 percent of the beef market, 74 percent of the pork market, and more than half of the poultry market.

“These rules give farmers and ranchers some basic protections under the law,” said Watne. “As agricultural markets continue to become more consolidated, it’s important that family farmers and ranchers are protected against anti-competitive and unfair conditions.”

Watne noted that USDA has tried for years to implement the rules, but those efforts have been largely blocked by meatpacking interests that have swayed Congress.

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Owner of Abandoned Church in Nome Believes Fire Was Arson (Audio)

NOME, N.D. ( White supremacist Craig Cobb says he believes a fire that destroyed an abandoned church he recently bought in Nome, North Dakota was arson. The 108 year-old building is the former Nome Zion Evangelical Lutheran church. 

Cobb says it’s obvious to him that the fire was intentionally set.

Barnes County Sheriff Randy McClaflin says the state fire marshal will investigate the cause of the fire. McClaflin says the investigation is in it’s early stages.

Cobb is offering a $2,000 reward for information related to this fire. He says he considers the fire a direct threat on his life.

Cobb says there was nothing flammable in the church and there was no electricity. He says he bought the building for $8,000 and believes the total loss is doubled because he had moved in some furniture.

Cobb currently lives in Sherwood, North Dakota and says he has no plans to keep the property in Nome, North Dakota.

The audio is a courtesy of KFGO Radio.



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New National Weather Service Flood Forecast Improves Slightly

GRAND FORKS, N.D. National Weather Service Forecaster Greg Gust says an early and gentle thaw continues for northeastern North Dakota. He says this has reduced the snow-melt flood threat overall even into the Park River and Devils Lake Basin (slightly).

Gust says there are no big storms expected over the greater Red River Valley for the next week or so. He added, a gentle warming trend is expected for the next week to 10 days with only slight amounts of additional precipitation.

Meanwhile, the flood forecast for the southern end of the Sheyenne River Valley remains good for now. He says spring run off should remain minor for the Sheyenne River in Valley City.

Flood Forecast


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Barnes County Calls For Service

VALLEY CITY, N.D. ( – Here are the daily calls for service for Valley City Police Department, Barnes County Sheriff Office, Barnes County Ambulance and Valley City Fire & Rescue personnel.

The following attachments are calls for service received by Barnes County Dispatchers in the Public Service Answering Point Center.

Click on Calls For Service to see the full list of calls received by dispatchers. VCPD: Valley City Police Department, BCAM: Barnes County Ambulance, BCSO: Barnes County Sheriff’s Office and VCFD: Valley City Fire Department.

Calls for Service 3-20

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