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UND freshman Cheyenne Defender said her involvement in Job Shadow Week was a personal one. Defender, who is majoring in nursing, spent time Wednesday with nurse Melissa Marx of Comfort Keepers in Grand Forks. Once Defender heard about the pilot program, which was offered at the personal care service, she signed up. She's cared for her grandfather in the past and thought this would be a good opportunity to learn more, she said. Defender was among eight college students who would be job shadowing at Comfort Keepers until Friday.
A high school robotics team in Grygla (Minn.) qualified for the world championship, according to the team's adviser. One of two district teams — the Iron Chargers — scored the second-highest score at a recent state tournament, adviser Isaac Kvasager said.
Diane Darland of Grand Forks hopes her two children can attend the same school next year. But because of changing school boundary lines, that might not be easy. Parents of...
For the first time, Native American high school seniors in Grand Forks will be able to wear an eagle feather during their graduation ceremony, according to Superintendent Larry Nybladh. He and other district administrators "are in unanimous consensus" that Native students who earned the eagle feather can wear it attached to their cap's tassel, he said in a statement on Friday. Past policy didn't allow "personal additions" beyond the cap, gown, tassel and honor stole, a common practice in other state schools, administrators said.
Central High School student Madi Remer said taking an alcohol breath test before a school dance is no big deal -- sometimes, it's even funny. Ahead of this weekend's semi-formal dance, high school students were notified of a long-established Grand Forks schools practice that some schools nationwide have only recently adopted. Remer said most students recognize the test is intended as a safety measure. She appreciates it -- the requirement makes the environment better for the entire school, she said. "Sometimes, I can't remember the answers (in the right order)," she said.
LARIMORE, N.D. -- It started out like any other school assembly. On Friday, elementary students in Larimore, N.D., applauded classmates for their participation in sports, the honor roll and fundraising. Students sang songs.
The Grand Forks School District finance committee didn't act Wednesday on the city's proposal to have the district pay more money for school resource officers, even without changes to the contract proposed for this year. The city asked the district to pay $90,000 for three officers for the 2014-2015 school year, or $40,000 more than what the district has historically paid. Superintendent Larry Nybladh and Assistant Superintendent Jody Thompson said they felt comfortable with the amount requested. "Ninety thousand is a fair and equitable amount to pay" in exchange for their service, said Tho
St. Michael's Catholic School in Grand Forks pitted parent against student on Monday. The school held a version of "Are you Smarter Than a Fifth-Grader" as part of national Catholic Schools Week, according to Associate Principal Sara Dudley.
One year after high radon levels were detected at UND, all affected housing units have been sufficiently mitigated, according to a university spokesman. UND installed fans and did follow-up readings on a dozen of the campus' Six Plex units that had higher-than-average radon levels last year, said spokesman Peter Johnson.
Dennis Braley said his hand-carved plaques were intended as a gift for veterans. Now, the Grand Forks man's generosity has won him a year of free fuel -- about $2,000 worth -- and a case of engine oil from Cenex. Braley was nominated by his longtime neighbors for the Tanks of Thanks program for his dedication to area veterans. He's among 10 people from 10 different states chosen as a special way to recognize the program's fourth year, according to Cenex.