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MAYVILLE, N.D.—Public support for a 12-year-old Mayville girl in need of a kidney transplant has been "overwhelming," said her mother. Several hundred people filled Mayville-Portland-Clifford-Galesburg High School Sunday afternoon to attend a spaghetti benefit for Marit Judisch, who has been battling a kidney disease for most of her life. With her kidneys functioning at 25 percent, doctors told her it was time for a transplant and she's now waiting for a live donor, according to the family.
MINTO, N.D.—A Minto man faces numerous charges after leading law enforcement on a high-speed motorcycle chase early Saturday morning. Andrew James Lee Flaten, 26, faces several charges including a DUI, reckless driving, fleeing a police officer and violating the restrictions on a motorcycle permit, according to a North Dakota Highway Patrol release on Sunday.
Hundreds of people walked Saturday to spread awareness of autism in Grand Forks. At the annual Autism Awareness Walk, families learned more about autism in the community and children played games at vendor booths outside of UND Wellness Center. Development Homes Inc. CEO Sandra Marshall and Mayor Mike Brown kicked off the event. Development Homes provides housing for people with disabilities.
The work of some Grand Forks physics students is out of this world—or might be eventually. Since February, Central High School students have toiled over designing self-contained science labs meant to gather data during a space mission exploring Titan, Saturn's largest moon. The labs, called payloads, are attached to spacecraft designed by undergraduate students at the University of Alabama-Huntsville as part of their degree work.
INKSTER, N.D.—Fire officials are looking for the cause of a fire that damaged part of Midway Public School Saturday afternoon. The fire started in a shop and storage area in the back of the school building, Superintendent Roger Abbe said, but was contained to that space. An adjacent multipurpose was damaged by smoke and water, but the rest of the building, "95 percent," Abbe said, was only affected by smoke odor. School officials had not decided late Saturday afternoon whether the school would be open Monday.
The benefits of a math app in East Grand Forks are starting to add up. From serving ice cream to hungry aliens to eating as many bugs possible in "Swamp Chomper," South Point Elementary students have improved their fluency of basic math facts from 22 percent to 73 percent since December. The app has driven up their understanding of math more efficiently than teacher Livia Zitzow imagined, she said. By the end of February, South Point students had learned 62,850 math facts.
The Grand Forks Public Schools facilities committee unanimously voted Wednesday in favor of recommending more parking spaces be made available for Central High School students.
Wilder Elementary School in Grand Forks might be gaining more space next fall. The Grand Forks Public Schools facility committee voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of buying two relocatable buildings, called portable classrooms, for Wilder to offset high enrollment. The school requires one to three additional classrooms and is expected to see increased enrollment for the next several years, according to the district.
No recycled material goes unturned during a new afterschool program at Schroeder Middle School in Grand Forks. Cardboard, used Coke cans and other recyclable materials are transformed into elaborate arcade games under the hands of students, who were finishing projects Tuesday ahead of a public showcase. The point of Ecocade, which combines "arcade" with the prefix "eco" to indicate environment, is to give students an opportunity to create and build, educators said.
One northwestern Minnesota math teacher recently shared her methods with an international audience. Jessica Strom, who teaches at Win-E-Mac School, was one of three American educators chosen to share her research on manipulatives—physical objects used to represent math concepts—in Germany. She was among 60 young researchers worldwide selected to attend the weeklong conference that ended April 9.