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Several Grand Forks students will be honored today at The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in Fargo, according to the district. Five Central High School students — Molly Feland, Lily Ferguson, Virginia Brower, Nicole Rothenberger and Hannah Shawstad — will be receiving gold or silver key awards for writing submissions.
North Dakota high school seniors are invited to apply for up to $6,000 each toward a state college, according to the state Department of Public Instruction. Students who apply now might be striking at an opportune time. The state Legislature is currently considering increasing the dollar amount of scholarships and make them more appealing, according to department spokesman Dale Wetzel. High school seniors can use the money toward a state college or career and technical education institution.
One single mother in Grand Forks, recently separated from her husband, needed some help. Her 60-hour work week forced her to turn to Grand Forks Public Schools for extra food for her child, according to school social worker Jennifer Modeen. "She didn't qualify for food stamps because she made a little bit too much," she said. The family is one among several who use the district's Backpack program, the result of a partnership between the Northlands Rescue Mission and the district to help those who can't quite make ends meet. With enough food to cover weekend meals, often easy enough for chi
Eighth-grade girls in Grand Forks recently analyzed a handwritten note in connection to a robbery. At first, the investigation appeared basic -- students tried to determine which of four pens was used to write a note, which in this scenario would help determine the robber. But in fact, they were learning how to break down the ink to better pinpoint the pen used. Erin Nyren, CEO of HQC Biosciences in Fargo, said they also needed evidence beyond the pen and paper. "Ultimately, to make your argument really strong, we want to make sure it's quantitative," she said.
The Warroad (Minn.) School Board is asking for community input from residents and staff in its search for a new superintendent, according to the Minnesota School Boards Association Friday. District...
An East Grand Forks student has been disciplined after writing graffiti that advised students not to come to school Thursday, according to a principal. A Senior High School student had written the message on a bathroom wall, prompting school officials to contact police and alert parents. "We found out it's a prank," said Principal Brian Loer. "The kid thought it would be a joke, but obviously we didn't take it that way." Police were present at the school today and Tuesday, and classes continued like normal, he said. Parents were sent a message on Wednesday about the incident.
Three suspect cases of measles have been identified and tested by the North Dakota Department of Health, according to the department on Wednesday. No measles cases have yet been identified...
Eight Grand Forks high school seniors have been selected as candidates for the 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, according to the district. Five Red River High School students — Abby Abymond, Andie Chandler, Andrew Hu, Julia Krogh and Cali Richtsmeier — and three Central High students — Annabel Jiran, Juliet Wolfe and Paige Hanson — have been invited to apply to be selected as a presidential scholar. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program recognizes and honors distinguished graduating seniors across the nation.
The Grand Forks School Board on Monday approved 27 early retirement requests from employees effective this year, a higher number compared to recent years, according to the district business manager. Payments to the counselors, principals, teachers and other employees amounts to a total $1.4 million, or $361,001 annually over four years, according to the district. Viking Elementary Principal George Whalen, Ben Franklin Elementary music teacher Annella Winger and Valley Middle School Principal Barry Lentz are among those retiring. The program helps the district save money in the long run, as
Despite strong support from his community and staff, a longtime Minnesota superintendent's contract hasn't been renewed. The Warroad School Board voted in December against renegotiating Craig Oftedahl's contract and some are still wondering why. An online petition with 380 signatures wasn't enough to keep the superintendent, who has held various roles in the district for nearly two decades. A district survey also showed 90 percent of staff wanted him to stay. His contract ends June 30. Board chairman Justin Partee said he voted against renewal because of Oftedahl's job performance.