I travel to many communities and schools throughout the year, and I am aware of planned events in many other places. But there are very few school districts where a concert like this is even attempted, not to mention where there is the interest and support of the community as there is in Grand Forks.
Today, there are some schools that are greatly underutilized and at least two schools whose resources are being sorely overburdened. New boundaries need to be drawn to more evenly distribute the students arriving today and tomorrow.
The committee first discussed a music and theater arts needs assessment Oct. 27, when Minneapolis-based consulting firm Perkins+Will recommended tackling its top two priorities: Building a new $8.1 million, 750-seat theater at Red River High School, and remodeling and expanding Central High School’s auditorium for about $2.5 million.
Acknowledging that they can’t insulate or barricade a city against the H1N1 “swine flu” virus, public health officials have put much of their efforts into containing an outbreak and minimizing its effects. Key to that strategy: avoiding contact between the sick and the not sick, especially in large group settings where the infection rate could soar.
Genia Wilkie lay in a hospital bed in Grand Forks, recovering from a seizure. Crippling seizures and severe headaches had plagued her for years. Doctors looking for the cause suspected epilepsy until they located a tiny tumor in her brain. “When they found the tumor, they wouldn’t touch it,” she said. “They said that with surgery I would risk losing my memory, my eyesight, even my life.”
Grand Forks teacher Mary Berglund says she didn’t want life to change too much after marrying Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., in July “I’m a little unorthodox,” she says, and she demonstrates that by arranging her classroom chairs not in orderly rows but in semicircles. She prefers subdued sideline lamps to bright overhead lights.
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