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Red River DECA group, Tri-State Applicators launch program for students in need

Pamela Knudson

The Red River High School DECA chapter has started a Grab Bag Program for students in need.

Chapter members have partnered with Tri-State Aerial Applicators to launch the program aimed at filling a need at the middle and high school levels, similar to the backpack program at the elementary school level.

Through the Grab Bag Program, social workers at the schools receive boxes of items, such as snacks, personal hygiene items and school supplies. Students in need, when visiting with the social workers, may receive a bag and fill it with items they need.

The Tri-State Aerial Applicators organization, which is providing funds for the program, held a silent auction to help start it at their annual convention recently in Grand Forks.

DECA is a co-curricular organization that offers student the opportunity to develop leadership skills and prepare for future careers.

Tri-State Aerial Applicators is an association of agricultural aviation professionals in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Wells Fargo has awarded a $1,500 grant to Grand Forks Public Schools for its Early Childhood Special Education Program.

The funds will be used to purchase specialized equipment for teaching adapted physical education to 3- to 5-year-old students with disabilities in an inclusive setting.

Laura Bakken, adaptive physical education teacher in the Grand Forks school district, wrote the grant application.

High school students are invited to examine and write about a global issue and participate in the Northern Great Plains Youth Institute on May 7 at the University of Minnesota-Crookston.

The Northern Great Plains Youth Institute, an official World Food Prize event, is an opportunity for students to engage with local leaders and experts on critical global challenges, participate in hands-on activities and explore ways to have an impact in Minnesota and around the world, according to a new release from UMC.

Participating students in grades nine through 12 research a global challenge and propose a solution in a two- to three-page paper, under the supervision of a teacher or mentor. For guidelines, log on to

Students could earn a $1,000 scholarship to UMC, qualify for internships and receive recognition as a Borlaug Scholar.

Registration and paper submissions are due online by April 9.

During the May 7 Institute event, participants will present their research and recommendations, engage in small-group discussions with statewide experts, share ideas with other student leaders and interact with global leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs working to end hunger and poverty and improve food security around the world.

The World Food Prize was founded by Norman Borlaug, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who saved more than a billion people from famine and starvation through advances in crop-breeding technologies.

For more information, log on to or contact Eleora DeMuth at or (218) 281-8569.