As the weather warms up, people in this area should be on the lookout for, and protect themselves from, ticks and mosquitoes because the risk of contracting disease from these tiny creatures is growing, experts say. Over the past two seasons, cases of some tick-borne illnesses have jumped in North Dakota, reflecting a nationwide upswing in the number of people sickened as a result of insect bites.
Adrian Cummings and Madison Herbeck, seniors at Grand Forks Central High School, recently were named king and queen at the school's prom festivities. Michael Litzinger and Autumn Charette, juniors, were named prince and princess. Members of the prom royalty were decided by vote last week. The grand march at the school Saturday was followed by a dance at the Alerus Center. The theme of this year's prom was "A Knight of a Thousand Lights."
The Grand Forks School District budget for next year is expected to increase by about 1 percent, the district's business manager told School Board and teacher representatives who are negotiating the district's teacher contract for 2018-19. "That would be about $1 million on a $102 million budget," Ed Gerhardt said at a meeting Monday at the Mark Sanford Education Center. In his report, Gerhardt responded to questions the teachers' team had posed about the budget and other issues when the two groups last met to hammer out contract details in April.
Although the decision has not been finalized, the Head Start program at Grand Forks Air Force Base may be discontinued after this school year ends, the program's director, Tracey Johnson, said. Working with Head Start employees and base officials, "based on what we're projecting, it appears that we won't have enough children" to allow the program to continue, Johnson said. Under federal rules which govern Head Start programs, an enrollment of at least 17 students is required for each classroom, she said.
A new online "education dashboard" gives the public a broader range of information about North Dakota schools, in a format that's easier to navigate than the former system, said State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler. The ND Insights website, insights.nd.gov, unveiled by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, is part of an effort to bring more transparency and accountability to the state's public schools, Baesler said. "It tells more of the story of what's going on in our schools," she said. "This is a dynamic dashboard."
Red River High School has been selected as a Recognized American School Counselor Association Model Program (RAMP) school, the Grand Forks Public Schools announced. The RAMP designation recognizes schools that are committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven counseling program and an exemplary educational environment, according to the school district's communications coordinator, Tracy Jentz.
DETROIT LAKES, MINN. - Police responded to a one-vehicle rollover accident about 10:30 p.m. Friday on I-94, four miles west of Highway 59. The driver of a 2006 Dodge Caravan, Annabelle Rypa, 26, of St. Paul, Minn., lost control of the vehicle while driving in the eastbound lane of I-94 and rolled the vehicle into the median, said Sgt. Jesse Grabow in a news release.
Tyler Seim of Grand Forks has launched a new crafts distillery, making vodka from sugar beets in an operation based at 4051 Gateway Drive. Seim began the Red Pine Distillery in February, and his products have been available in retail businesses since March, he said. His business is heavily focused on supplying products to liquor stores in Grand Forks and Fargo, but also has retail customers in Devils Lake, Minot and Williston, he said.
Friendly chatter and the chaotic, wildly random sounds of instruments—strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion—slowly quiet as Arthur Barbosa settled himself on a stool, facing a few dozen musicians in a rehearsal room in UND's music department. "Excuse my bad English," Barbosa told the group. "We will try to communicate through the music." Barbosa, a composer, violinist and music researcher, had arrived only a day before from Porto Alegre, Brazil, to serve as guest conductor for the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra's final performance of the season.
The "Get to Know Your Greenway" event Saturday in East Grand Forks is a welcome opportunity to get outside—if you've felt cooped for months—and soak up some sunshine. Slip on your most comfortable walking shoes, or onto rollerblades or bike, and walk or roll in between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to O'Leary Park behind the VFW Arena, 711 Third St. S.E., to register. Then enjoy the free, family-friendly activities including frisbee golf, a soccer clinic or restorative yoga. Food, refreshments, games and acoustic music are planned for 1-2 p.m.