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Deep within the storage room of Scheels in Grand Forks, Matt DeMontigny was sweeping. Surrounded by tall stacks of boxes, racks of clothing and hundreds of plastic hangers, DeMontigny was performing one of the most basic and necessary tasks in the store. The soft-spoken 19-year-old said he felt fine about work arranged through the Adult Transition Program, intended for adult special education students, because he has more freedom than he did in high school.
Head Start children in Grand Forks let music lead them this week toward their understanding of math and engineering. Children ages 3 to 5 used music to understand sequences and patterns, figured out the best materials to make “loud shoes” and did other engaging projects related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), said teacher Laurel Payne. On Wednesday, her class used bells to learn about quiet and loud patterns, she said. “They liked the louder part
Grand Forks School District Superintendent Larry Nybladh received high marks during the second and final part of his annual evaluation Tuesday. The district superintendent evaluation committee commended his leadership going into the legislative session and guidance during construction of a new elementary school on the city’s south end, among other strengths.
A “possible threat” to the Central Middle School building in East Grand Forks prompted police to be at the school Monday, according to the district. Superintendent David Pace declined to detail the nature of the threat or whether it came from a student or adult. Parents were notified Wednesday evening afte
Red Lake Falls (Minn.) High School students just wrapped up activities for American Education Week, running Nov. 17-21, that included a visit from parents, according to Principal Brad Kennett. Parents were invited to view a college and career readiness session at the school. The district is involved in what’s called a Ramp-Up to Readiness program, where each week teachers nationwide deliver a lesson designed to help students be prepared for postsecondary work.
For some, the desire to go sledding overcomes everything else. A group of neighborhood children in Grand Forks took advantage of the warmer weather Saturday to sled along the Grand Forks Greenway, despite little snow on the ground.
A Grafton, N.D., man was taken into custody Saturday after a several-hour standoff that resulted in the recovery of several explosive devices, according to the police department on Sunday. Police say Gregory Sevigny, 62, was taken into custody for possessing explosive devices after law enforcement executed a search warrant at his residence. The Grand Forks Regional SWAT team and the Grand Forks Regional Bomb Squad were involved. Sevigny is scheduled to have a bond hearing Monday morning. Police were notified Saturday that so
Updated 3:05 p.m. Nov. 30, 2014 Santa Claus Girls has its own set of little helpers this year. Grand Forks fourth-graders lent a hand to one of Grand Forks’ oldest charities to make sure children of all ages have a happy Christmas. For the past five or six years, Trish Mohr, a teacher at Holy Family St. Mary’s School, has selected books for distribution to children in town.
Schroeder Middle School students are raising money once again this year for what's known as “Fear the Beard.” Male teachers and staff grow their beards as long as possible for the month of November with the encouragement of student dollars, said teacher Justin Johnson. Money collected at the end of the campaign will go toward Christmas gifts for less fortunate students. Teachers with longer beards usually get the most money, he said. Last year, staff raised more than $700 for gifts for 10 students, he said.
Adeline Brutger peered at the screen of her mini-laptop. The Grand Forks third-grader described three cartoon figures she was using in her story, two of which appeared to be walking down a road. One, a blob-like character, hovered in the sky. Her plot was simple: One character says something mean to the other, and the latter whispers that he doesn’t appreciate the mean words.