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Lutheran Social Services in Grand Forks is preparing for up to 100 new refugees to resettle in the city this year, but the impact on the school district is uncertain, according to the site supervisor of resettlement services. As is the case every year, the resettlement agency projects a number based on what the community can accommodate, and that is usually up to 100 people, Reggie Tarr said. LSS mostly assists with family reunification, which means refugees are joining family members already established in the area.
ROSEAU, Minn.-- Seniors at Roseau received one last lesson before graduating this year. Late last month, the whole class attended a so-called "wisdom retreat," a day of reflection, games and connection before they exit high school. Staff from Youth Frontiers, a character education organization based in Minneapolis, lead part of the retreat but leave much of it in the hands of students. The retreat was especially meaningful for Reilly Stroot, who said he struggled with loneliness at the start of the year.
A Friday groundbreaking ceremony for East Grand Forks Senior High's renovation succeeded despite some chilly resistance. Snow, cold and aggressive winds challenged the celebration of a $20.6 million addition and renovation on the school football field. But a small, bundled-up crowd still appeared to recognize what School Board Chairman Tony Palmiscno referred to as "one of the biggest projects since the flood of 1997."
Habitat for Humanity in Grand Forks has always been in the position of helping others, but now a local ad agency wants to return the favor. Ad Monkeys has launched a fundraising campaign to replace several tools stolen from the Red River Valley Habitat for Humanity site at North 24th St. Thieves raided a wooden shed belonging to the organization March 31, the second time since Christmas. Kyle Kosier, Habitat's local executive director, said the loss has "severely" set back progress on the home of a family who recently immigrated to the U.S. They are renting an apartment.
MANVEL, N.D.—When Richard Ray started teaching at Manvel Public School in 1974, gasoline was 55 cents per gallon, he said. A lot has changed since then, but he hasn't strayed far from the small grade school. After 40 years as principal and superintendent, overseeing significant enrollment growth, leading a migrant student program and witnessing the school win a national academic achievement award in 2014, Ray is retiring. His last day is July 29.
A Grand Forks program's effort to champion children has gained recognition from the White House. Grand Forks Head Start was among 15 programs nationwide that recently was awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award for being a champion for healthy families, Director Jerry Jonnson said.
A new demographic report predicts enrollment at Grand Forks Public Schools could increase by more than 6 percent over the next five years. The district's demographer, Robert Schwarz of Kentucky-based RSP & Associates, gave the School Board a detailed look Monday at future growth expected in the district, including enrollment growth at individual schools.
The Grand Forks School Board unanimously approved hiring between 16 and 20 educators Monday to help the district provide better coverage in areas such as special education. Several of the educators are elementary teachers who were added because of enrollment growth expected next year. The total cost is estimated to be between $788,500 and $1.1 million, according to finance committee documents.
A North Dakota robotics team finished strong at the World Championship competition late last month in St. Louis. Thunder Robotics Team 876, made up of students from Aneta, Hatton, Emerado and Northwood, were the runner-up for its division, which included 75 teams, said volunteer adviser Mike Voglewede. The team lost the first match by 1 point and the second match by 2 points, but students weren't too disappointed, he said.
From "crazy cat lady" grandmas to tough-but-funny grandpas, older Americans were recognized for their general awesomeness Monday in Grand Forks. Fourth-grade winners of an annual contest read essays about their favorite older person before dozens of families and educators at the Grand Forks Senior Center. Judges from Service Providers for Seniors, which holds the contest, selected winners after reading essays from 41 classrooms in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.