Herald Staff Report
The following represents April 13-20 votes of Grand Forks lawmakers at the North Dakota Legislature, underway in Bismarck. Not all bills are represented and especially those that pass or fail with near-unanimous votes.
The Grand Forks Herald laid off three employees Friday and has decided to not fill several other open positions. The move comes amid what Publisher Korrie Wenzel said is an ongoing process to scale the Herald for the reality of today's economy and the technology of the future.
• Five University of Minnesota-Crookston business students recently traveled to Harvard for the 2017 Harvard Global Case Competition. More than 125 teams from across the world competed at the event. UMC's team included Adam Burgess, Tori Hill, Chase Knickerbocker, Michelle Bialac and Zhiwei Xu. The team was advised by faculty members Rutherford Johnson, Craig Miller, Oxana Wieland and Abdulaziz Ahmed.
UND goalie to transfer to Wisconsin Kristen Campbell, who was in line to be UND's starting goaltender next season, will transfer to Wisconsin. Campbell announced her decision Thursday—22 days after she found out the UND women's hockey program was being cut. Alyssa MacMillan, a UND freshman whose brothers Mark and Mitch also played at UND, will transfer to the University of Ottawa. Campbell and MacMillan are the second and third players to find new homes. Rebekah Kolstad will play for MSU-Mankato.
North Dakota will receive an influx of federal dollars to help fight opioid abuse through prevention, treatment and recovery. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and John Hoeven, R-N.D., announced the $2 million in federal funds Thursday. The money comes via the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. “We must have a comprehensive approach to tackling the opioid crisis that is destroying lives and families all across North Dakota and our nation,” Heitkamp said in a news release.
Today is Friday in this online list. • UND Indian Association Time-Out Wacipi is today through Sunday at the UND Hyslop Sports Center, Grand Forks. For information, visit UND Indian Association Time-Out Wacipi (UNDIA) on Facebook. • Rye on the Rocks craft cocktail event is at 6 p.m. today, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m., in the North Dakota Museum of Art on the UND campus. It is limited to 200 guests, and tickets are $25. Designated drivers can get in at the door for $10. Info: ndmoa.com.
The Great Plains Mobile Food Bank Pantry Program will bring food trucks with fresh vegetables, meat, bakery items and boxed goods to the communities of Cooperstown, McVille and Lakota on Monday. The truck will be located at True Value, 401 Fourth St. S.W., Cooperstown, from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. Then, in McVille, N.D., the truck will be in the alley off Main Street and McDougall Avenue, from 1:30 to 2 p.m. The truck will come to the Lakota Community Center, 404 Highway 2 West, from 3 to 3:45 p.m.
The new Starbucks at the corner of South Washington Street and DeMers Avenue is one step closer to opening. All but one sign was installed at the new location late Wednesday afternoon. Signcrafters Outdoor, a Minneapolis-based company, was installing the sign in the most prominent position above the sidewalk along Washington Street.
EAST GRAND FORKS — Police in East Grand Forks are teaming up with the Drug Enforcement Agency for a prescription drug take-back event April 29. The take-back, to be held at the East Grand Forks Police Department at 520 DeMers Ave., is an anonymous opportunity for residents on both sides of the river to clear out their medical cabinets and get rid of medicines that have potential for abuse or may make homes a target for theft, according to a press release.
HILLSBORO, N.D. -- School boards for Hillsboro and Central Valley will back a hockey co-op in northeast North Dakota. The two school boards recently voted to join the MayPort Ice Dawgs, which pulls players from several cities, according to the Hillsboro Banner. The co-op still needs approval from the North Dakota High School Activities Association, but Association Executive Director Matt Fetsch previous said that shouldn’t be a problem.