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LARIMORE, N.D.—For lunch on Tuesday, Larimore elementary students stopped by the salad bar before piling meatballs onto their plates. For several schools, a salad bar for their youngest students isn't a big deal. But for the first time in Larimore, students have access to more fresh vegetables every day, thanks to serving units bought by the school last year, Superintendent Roger Abbe said.
Five positions on the Grand Forks School Board will be on the ballot in June. Residents can file for the spots—four four-year terms and one two-year term— by April 11, according to the district. The School Board election will be June 14, along with other local and state races. One position, held by former member Becca Grandstrand and currently held by Matt Spivey, is a two-year term ending in 2018. Four positions—currently held by members Vicki Ericson, Ward Johnson, Eric Lunn and Bill Palmiscno—are four-year terms that will end in 2020.
Patrick Anderson's decision to be a special education teacher wasn't an obvious one. He graduated from UND with an exercise science major in 2011, unsure of his next step. But after a friend of his—who had a psychology degree—had success with the Special Education Resident Teacher program in Grand Forks, he considered it and applied. Now in the final stretch of the program, he feels better prepared for the future. Teaching special education "isn't something you just jump into," he said.
The hearts behind the Giving Hearts Day fundraiser are uniting this year. Twenty-five Grand Forks and East Grand Forks charities are working together to raise awareness for this year's online-only event on Thursday, said Jill Nelson, operations manager for the Grand Forks Parks and Recreation Foundation. The idea for greater collaboration stems from the average donor intending to give to one organization and but instead donating to three, she said.
The next time you Google, you may see Hannah Quinn's doodle. The Red River High School ninth-grader was named the North Dakota Doodle 4 Google winner Friday for blending a pocketwatch, gramophone and other antique objects into her rendition of the famous logo. A panel of judges selected Quinn's doodle out of 53 nationwide for the annual contest. Public voting now until Feb. 22 will help launch one doodle to be featured on Google's homepage for a day, plus award a $30,000 college scholarship and other prizes to the winner.
Two teachers in northwest Minnesota are candidates for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Becky Ylitalo, a high school teacher at Badger School District, and Katie Hedlund, a high school...
A new exhibition depicting Spirit Lake Indian Reservation called "Songs for Spirit Lake—Part II" will open Saturday at the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks. A 10-foot-high wall of about 2,000 papier-mache bricks created by hundreds of Spirit Lake members is among the works featured. Inside the bricks are the "hopes, dreams, memories, songs and drawings" of the people who created them, said Terry Jelsing, a Rugby, N.D., artist behind the project.
The president of a community college on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation said Tuesday she hasn't decided if she's going to file a lawsuit after being excluded from the search for UND's next president. Cynthia Lindquist, who leads Cankdeska Cikana Community College in Fort Totten, N.D., said "she just doesn't know" if she will sue, but she told the Associated Press Monday she was considering several options, including a lawsuit. Billie Jo Lorius, North Dakota University System spokeswoman, did not return a call for comment.
Altru Health System microbiologists are celebrating their big discovery of a very small thing. A team of microbiologists who recently discovered a bacteria species have named it "altruii" after the hospital system, said Marijo Roiko, microbiology program director. In November, microbiologists isolated the bacteria from a blood culture, one of about 900 they test per month. Bacteria are usually discovered from environmental sources but infrequently from clinical specimens, as in this case, according to Altru.
Cavalier (N.D.) Public School is holding a "super" event for elementary students in February. Students who meet their individual reading goals this month can attend "Super Reader Literacy Night," a reading and superhero-themed event on Feb. 29. February is reading month for the school. Students will create comic strips, decorate cookies with a superhero emblem and use decorated fly swatters to match rhyming words, among other activities, said Sue Daggett, student achievement strategist.