Yes, Friday is May 17 — Syttende mai, Norway’s Constitution Day, celebrated there and throughout Norwegian America with flag-waving, singing and the consumption of baked goods — but the practical Norwegians of Northwood have scheduled their annual lefse, rommegraut and sweet-soup fest for the weekend.
Last year’s North Dakota state spelling bee champion, won his fifth straight Grand Forks County bee over the weekend, but it took some effort to shake off his last competitor: his 11-year-old sister, Siri.
In retirement, Gilman Beck has been busier than he ever was during a 40-year career managing grain elevators. He’s on call as a trained EMT on the ambulance crew at Northwood Deaconess Hospital, volunteer work he’s done for nearly 40 years starting in Warren, Minn.
Not too long ago, Brock Sherva was helping other volunteers digitally catalog restored artifacts at the Pioneer Museum, which was severely damaged by the E4 tornado that ripped through five years ago today.
Larry Grossman a 60-year-old math teacher from Northwood, N.D., and the winner of the 2008 AARP National Spelling Bee is seeking another national championship in Cheyenne on Friday and Saturday. Listening to CDs, each filled with about 400 words or 10 dictionary pages, is how he trains.
An oilfield roughneck who triggered a brief manhunt near Northwood, N.D., two weeks ago after allegedly escaping law enforcement custody won a reduction in his bail Wednesday, but failed to qualify for a public defender.
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