Jennifer Johnson covers K-12 education for the Grand Forks Herald.
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Recent Xcel Energy power outages in Grand Forks have been tied to a major substation upgrade, according to a company spokesman. "We're working to minimize the possibility of long-term outages, but unfortunately, a couple of things that could go wrong did go wrong," said Mark Nisbet, principal manager for North Dakota.
Eighth-grade girls from Grand Forks recently participated in a STEM camp in Fargo, according to the district.
Grand Forks students didn't meet Dasher or Dancer, but they did spend time with a reindeer on Monday. Head Start children had a chance to meet Iggy, a reindeer from...
Five winners of a contest through the Canadian Pacific Railroad will have $1,000 donated in their names to their local food bank, according to a release. Each year, two trains travel throughout the U.S. and Canada, stopping in towns to offer free concerts and encourage donations to local food banks. The train is scheduled to stop at Thief River Falls and Plummer, Minn., Sunday, among other upcoming stops in the state and North Dakota. Residents can submit up to three photos of the train, its performers or people donating food to the train.
Volunteers delivered packages Friday morning for one of Grand Forks' oldest charities. Every year, the Herald's Santa Claus Girls delivers gifts for children who otherwise might not have the opportunity. About a dozen people showed up Friday to help deliver toys, books and other gifts, said Anita Geffre, the Herald's finance director and charity president. While the number of volunteers was a bit lower than last year, the need was still strong -- about 343 families signed up to receive gifts for children, she said. So far, Santa Claus Girls has received about $10,000 in donations, a little
One Denny's waitress can't stop singing. On a slow Wednesday morning, Dorothy "DeeDee" Downs, 29, gave diners and the Herald a preview of the style she'll be showcasing February at her audition for "The Voice" in Chicago. "I sent in my application," she said.
Gym classes at Grand Forks high schools have been providing more than just a workout. This semester, special education students have joined what’s called a unified class at Red River...
Red River High School students recently collected dozens of shoes as part of a global campaign aimed at fighting poverty. The school unofficially collected 278 pairs of shoes during the Soles4Souls campaign last week, though that number may grow to more than 300, Activities Director Tyler Nelson said. Soles4Souls is a Tennessee-based nonprofit that collects shoes and clothing for distribution to people in need.
Deep within the storage room of Scheels in Grand Forks, Matt DeMontigny was sweeping. Surrounded by tall stacks of boxes, racks of clothing and hundreds of plastic hangers, DeMontigny was performing one of the most basic and necessary tasks in the store. The soft-spoken 19-year-old said he felt fine about work arranged through the Adult Transition Program, intended for adult special education students, because he has more freedom than he did in high school.
Head Start children in Grand Forks let music lead them this week toward their understanding of math and engineering. Children ages 3 to 5 used music to understand sequences and...