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Grand Forks Red River High School graduate Erin Baumann, 31, stood before hundreds of Valley Middle School students Tuesday and told them what happens when the word "retard" is used. "Even if they are teasing, it makes fun of people with intellectual disabilities like me," said Baumann, who has Down syndrome. "Anyone with an intellectual disability deserves to be treated as a human being.
After Laurie Kraemer and her husband Philip adopted their daughter, Rose, they could tell by her delayed speech that she would have a harder time taking school tests. "Testing is hard for all people who don't perform well when under pressure," said Kraemer, explaining why the Grand Forks couple decided on home schooling. Rose, now 7, is among the of hundreds of home-schooled children in North Dakota who would be released from taking standardized tests under a bill the state Senate passed last month. North Dakota, one of a handful of states requiring high-stakes testing for home schoolers, h
Maxine Rasmussen sat inside a UND classroom Monday evening, her Diet Coke open and iPhone safely tucked away, as she listened to her professor describe the physical toll explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark experienced by October 1804. "They're eating meat constantly, average is nine pounds of meat per man per day, so they're not getting their veggies," she said. "If they're not getting their veggies, all sorts of things can go wrong.
With eight months to spare, UND's North Dakota Spirit campaign surpassed its $300 million goal, according to Tim O'Keefe, the CEO and executive vice president of the UND Foundation and Alumni Association. Two recent large gifts have pushed the campaign to nearly $300.6 million, said O'Keefe, who made the announcement Thursday during the State of the Alumni Association and Foundation address. "When we set the goal of $300 million a little over six years ago, many thought we were beyond overly optimistic," he told the Herald. "In fact, some even questioned our sanity.
Danny G. Holwerda Jr. stood at a street corner near Grand Forks' Red River High School on Tuesday, holding a sign with the phrase "Racism will not stand." But he wasn't there to protest the school, he said, but to support the school's admonishment of three students who wore Ku Klux Klan attire at a hockey game on Friday. "It was the Red River School that ultimately inspired me to use the sign, because that's what the students and those teachers did," he said.
Grand Forks school administration say they're still developing ways to address the student body after three Red River High School students dressed in Ku Klux Klan garb at a hockey game Friday night. School officials said they won't reveal what punishment the students received because of a federal law protecting the privacy of students' records. High School Principal Kristopher Arason said on Monday the consequences would be the same as at any school, ranging from "suspensions to (affecting) participation in extracurricular events to letters of apology." Three students identified as freshman
Local boutiques continue to prove designer goods don't always come at an extreme cost. The owners of two area shops say they kept their customers in mind when starting their businesses, a first-time endeavor for both women. Laurie Kovar has been keeping LA Rie Boutique in Grand Forks stocked with exclusive designers for more than two years. Located at 2860 10th Ave. N. across from UND's bookstore, the store offers convenient parking and clothing for men and women from $18 and up.
GRAFTON, N.D. -- Two gunshots rang out Thursday morning at Grafton High School, then one more. A hooded man, dressed in hiking boots and jeans, had pulled out an 8 mm pistol and shot blanks toward two students. The actor strode with determination around the school as he angrily jiggled locked door handles and banged on doors, with only his eyes visible above a black face mask. Less than two minutes after the first gunshot was fired, a simulated emergency message filled the loudspeakers: "Can I have your attention please in the building?
North Dakota winters don't guarantee drivers will be stranded in the ditch, but as many found out Monday, blizzards offer a good chance. Lt. Aaron Hummel of the North Dakota Highway Patrol said the biggest thing drivers fail to do is heed weather advisories. Unless a street closure is manned, "people will drive around that and lo and behold, they'll be stuck an hour later," he said. "Pay attention to the weather," he said. "In this neck of the woods, things can change quickly.
Grimacing from exertion as they worked out at UND's Wellness Center, the students lunged forward while swinging a long hollow tube, which can weigh up to 22 pounds. The twice-weekly workout centers on the philosophy of ViPR, which stands for vitality, performance and reconditioning.