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With both Grand Forks and East Grand Forks holding their annual spring cleanup week starting today, city berms, alleys and easements have filled up with old furniture, household appliances and...
The only way I drink coffee is black. So when it comes to variety, my only options are buying different beans, which I do, or brewing my coffee in a different way. From French press to Italian press to stupid and terrible Keurigs to cowboy coffee boiled in a pot, I've tried nearly everything. My mainstay is an auto-drip Mr. Coffee, but the burned coffee drips on the hot plate and the continuously wet inner structures have sketched me out more than once. So a few weeks ago, I bought a Bodum pour over.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple Friday called North Dakota's recently concluded legislative session a "landmark" for the Grand Forks area.
Dave Martin remembers the boats—small fishing boats, rafts and other rickety vessels filled with people—floating in the South China Sea on April 30, 1975. Martin had joined the Navy in 1974 and was serving as a hull technician on a ship off Guam on that day 40 years ago. The South Vietnamese capital of Saigon fell to communist North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces about two years after U.S. troops had been withdrawn from Vietnam, marking the end of the Vietnam War and the beginning of a mass exodus of Vietnamese people. "Our ship left Guam and picked up boat people," he said.
The North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party announced Robert Haider as its new executive director Monday. Haider, who will begin work May 1, was the 2012 campaign manager for District 42 democratic legislators Mac Schneider, Kylie Oversen and Corey Mock. He also served as the 2014 campaign manager for agriculture commissioner candidate Ryan Taylor. "I'm honored to have been selected for this position," Haider said in a news release. "My career has been dedicated to fighting for progress and positive change.
Of the seven books, plays and pieces of music awarded Pulitzer Prizes in 2015, one book focused on the history of a people central to Dakotan history. Elizabeth Fenn's "Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People" received the $10,000 prize in the history category. On pulitzer.org, the judges described the book as "an engrossing, original narrative showing the Mandans, a Native American tribe in the Dakotas, as a people with a history." Fenn, who is currently an associate professor and chair of the history department at Colorado University-Boulder, said she worked
Kazuo Ishiguro, who is well known for his highly acclaimed novels "The Remains of the Day" and "Never Let Me Go," returned in 2015 with his first novel in a decade, "The Buried Giant." However, he might've been better off waiting a little longer. "The Buried Giant" is a slow, dragging fairy tale whose themes float too close to the surface.
Despite a massive outbreak of avian influenza, consumers shouldn't expect to see price increases or shortages in eggs and poultry products at their local supermarkets. As avian influenza has swept across Minnesota, more than 2.6 million birds have died or been killed to prevent further spread of the epidemic. Minnesota Gov.
When Cayla Vondal and Shi Laughlin began dating four months ago, the two juniors weren't sure if they would be able to walk down the Central High School Prom Grand March together as a same-sex couple. Vondal—who is a lesbian—and Laughlin—who is bi-sexual and identifies with the gender neutral pronoun "they"—have been friends since the first day of first grade. Neither of them had heard of a same-sex couple walking down the grand march, but when Vondal approached school administration, she was told there was no reason they couldn't. "She was ecstatic," Laughlin said.
An outbreak of the avian flu has resulted in the deaths of more than 2.5 million birds on commercial farms in Minnesota since early March, including 26,000 birds on a farm in Roseau County on April 16. The outbreak, which began in Washington state in December spread to Minnesota by March and has primarily affected farms in the southwest quadrant of the state. As of Wednesday, 44 farms have been affected in 15 counties, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. Two highly pathogenic strains of the virus—H5N2 and H5N8—have been found in the state. So far, the virus has n