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A multicultural singalong in Grand Forks Tuesday aimed to educate and celebrate various holidays. North Dakotans for Diversity and Compassion members gathered at Universalist Unitarian Fellowship to sing songs recognizing Christmas, Kwanzaa and other religious and secular holidays. Members also planned to sing translations of popular songs in Hawaiian, Metis, German and use American Sign Language. NDDC Chairwoman Natasha Thomas said a parent suggested the event. Her daughter thought it would be fun to learn songs from other cultures, she said.
A scholarship named after an Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services employee who died earlier this year has been created for Grand Forks Central High School students, according to the district. AE2S, Steve and Barb Burian and the Grand Forks Foundation for Education recently announced the scholarship, named after Brian Barclay of Buxton, N.D., for graduating Central seniors who enroll at UND.
An initial timeline has been set by the East Grand Forks Public School Board in its search for a new superintendent. The board hopes to post the advertisement early next week and keep it open until the end of January, Chairman Tony Palmiscno said. Superintendent David Pace resigned in November, saying he was ready to "look elsewhere" after nine years in the district. His resignation is effective June 30. The board will meet sometime in mid-January to develop focus groups that will help create a profile of what qualities the district wants in its new superintendent, Palmiscno said.
One Norwegian family is seeking help identifying long-lost relatives in North Dakota and Minnesota. Lillian Glomsas of Harstad, Norway, a small town in the northern part of the country, is hoping to reconnect with extended family members who have ties to Finley, N.D., her son Just Borre Glomsas said. The family traveled to Grand Forks this week for Just Borre's son's graduation from UND and thought they would reach out to the public while they were here, he said.
Enoch Thorsgard of Northwood, N.D., never shied away from a challenge. A man who began with "virtually nothing" to later head one of the largest privately owned feedlots in the Upper Midwest with his sons, Thorsgard's business sense, tremendous work ethic and selflessness benefitted residents across the state, said colleagues and friends. Thorsgard, a cattle rancher and former state legislator, died Wednesday at age 98.
School districts in Grafton, Thompson, Emerado and Northwood received state grants to help cope with unusually high enrollment last year, according to the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. The...
Grand Forks children will see a new vehicle for reading rolling through town this summer. A mobile library called the Little Red Reading Bus will hit the streets in June to make books available when school isn't in session, according to the Grand Forks School District. Bringing books to children—instead of the other way around—eases transportation challenges and provides books for those without access, said Emilia Hodgson, the Grand Forks Foundation for Education executive director.
Fifth-grader Nauman Farid explained Thursday how to use a game controller he created to a group of older students at Elroy Schroeder Middle School.
The Grand Forks Foundation for Education wants to honor the generosity of donors in a first-time social media event. Over the next 12 business days, the foundation will feature one donor per day on its website, Facebook and Twitter pages for "12 Days of Giving," according to the Grand Forks School District. "These community members and local businesses made an impact on our schools at a time when it was needed the most," Executive Director Emilia Hodgson said. During the last fiscal year, the foundation gave more than $47,000 to fund 26 projects in the district and awarded more than $36,000
The superintendent of Grafton (N.D.) Public School District was recently named North Dakota Superintendent of the Year. Jack Maus was chosen by the North Dakota Association of School Administrators for the award, which will place him in the national competition. He will be honored in February with other national finalists at a conference in Phoenix, Ariz. Maus was hired as superintendent of the district in 2006 after spending about 30 years as an educator.