Jennifer Johnson covers K-12 education for the Grand Forks Herald.
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Approaching his last semester of classes at UND, aviation student Randy Lewis hopes to join a regional airline but isn't sure his friends will follow. With thousands of U.S. airline pilots set to retire as early as this year, the projected shortfall puts more pressure on the industry and should offer more opportunities for aviation graduates. "I'm very excited because that means there's going to be higher quality jobs for students like me," Lewis said.
A student at Valley Middle School and two other Grand Forks residents have been found to be infected with tuberculosis, bringing the total number of active cases in Grand Forks County to 13, the state Department of Health said Tuesday. The department did not clarify in the news release if the latter two cases are children. There are now 21 active TB cases statewide. Meanwhile, two students from Phoenix Elementary School recently diagnosed with the disease will rely on technology for their education until they return to school in mid-December, Principal Kevin Ohnstad said on Tuesday.
While hundreds of Grand Forks County residents have been tested for tuberculosis since the outbreak last month, some were already tested because their employers required it. Many have jobs that require prolonged contact to the public, including workers at the Grand Forks County jail, Northlands Rescue Mission and Comfort Keepers, which provide in-home care for seniors. Recently, county jail employees were tested again because one of the 10 people known to be infected with TB had a connection to an employee. None of the tests were positive, according to Public Health Director Don Shields.
Five ecology students at UND watched Tuesday as Alex Knudson, 21, stood at a marker board, drawing blue arrows from one slip of paper to another. His group, among several in class that day, was creating a diagram using Post-Its to explain the way relationships work within the ecosystem.
Attendance at Phoenix Elementary School in Grand Forks was "mildly" affected Friday after word spread of the tuberculosis outbreak at the school, according to Principal Kevin Ohnstad. It has since returned to normal as Grand Forks School District officials reiterate that the disease does not spread easily. The district doesn't have a clear policy for absences of this nature because of their rarity, according to superintendent of schools Larry Nybladh.
A second case of tuberculosis at Grand Forks' Phoenix Elementary School was confirmed Tuesday as staff and students lined the school's hallway to get tested. The child is a family member of the first Phoenix student diagnosed with tuberculosis last week.
EMERADO, N.D. -- Squeals and shouts filled a classroom at Emerado Elementary School on Friday as preschool students waited for their morning activity to begin. Teacher Lisa Thomas herded students toward a rug in the center of the room, and drew her finger to her lips. "Good job," she said. "I'm really glad most of you got quiet." Preschool here may start the day like any other, but this class has grown so popular in the past four years a dozen children are waiting to get in.
A student at Phoenix Elementary School in Grand Forks is infected with tuberculosis, tests results confirmed Tuesday afternoon, according to the Public Health Department Thursday. The child was immediately pulled from class after the results came back, said city spokesman John Bernstrom. The case is related to three others -- a man in his 20s and two men in their 40s -- confirmed last month in Grand Forks County, he said.
Minnesota state Sen. Leroy Stumpf, DFL-District 1, lead with 63.58 percent of the votes late Tuesday against Republican Steve Nordhagen for the two-year seat. In unofficial results with 79 out of 278 precincts reporting, Stumpf had 4,113 votes while Nordhagen had 2,353. Results for the local state House race were not yet available on the Secretary of State's website as of press time. Rep. Deb Kiel, R-District 1B, was up against challenger, Democrat Marc DeMers, a member of the East Grand Forks City Council, for the two year-seat.
Anthony Palmiscno, Cathy Galstad and Missy Thompson won seats on the East Grand Forks School Board Tuesday. In complete but unofficial election results, Palmiscno had 2,680 votes, Galstad 2,643 votes and Thompson 1,937 votes. The top three vote getters win their seats. Of the other candidates, Tami Jo Lieberg had 1,328 votes and Erin Almlie 1,054. Galstad, co-owner of Galstad Chiropractic, has served on the board for the past 12 years. She previously worked in real estate management. Palmiscno, owner of Palmiscno Financial Services, has served on the board for the past nine years.