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HILLSBORO, N.D. -- Standing in the lunch line at Hillsboro High School, Brandon Berg, 18, said Wednesday that the free second helpings the school started providing this week for the first time has been nice. "I never really wanted to eat here," he said. "I wanted to go to Burger King or Stop and Go because we didn't get enough food." Federal nutrition rules unrolled this year requires schools to provide less sodium and sugar and more whole grains in meals to help combat childhood obesity.
Former National Rifle Association president Sandra Froman told a group of UND law students Thursday that the rate of gun violence rises with a population's diversity. "That fact is true throughout the rest of the country," she said. "Countries that have homogeneous populations tend to have lower crime rates with guns." Froman, who now sits on NRA's board of directors, was taking part in an afternoon debate at UND's School of Law with philosophy professor and "Why?" radio host Jack Russell Weinstein, who didn't let the comment slide. The reasons behind crime are complex, he said.
Grand Forks Public Schools received $2.2 million in federal funding to support students from military families this year, or about half of what they expected, according to district officials Monday. The federal Impact Aid funding for the district has been declining in recent years because of a drop in enrollment in schools on the Grand Forks Air Force Base, housing there and a lack of money for the program itself, Superintendent Larry Nybladh told School Board members at their Monday meeting. The money compensates local school districts that lose property tax revenue because of tax-exempt fe
While most young boys want to spend their earnings on toys or video games, one Grand Forks 10-year-old donated $1,000 of his own money over five years to charity instead. Cheers greeted Phoenix Elementary School fourth-grader Jak Urlacher Friday during a school assembly recognizing his annual donations to Pennies for Patients, a fundraiser that collects spare change from students nationwide for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Most of the money was earned through hard work and the sole reason he donated was to help out people with cancer, he told students. Phoenix is the only school in th
Grand Forks Public Schools will extend the school year by a day after snow storms caused the school district to cancel school three days, the most recent this past Monday. School will end May 24, Superintendent Larry Nybladh said in a news release.
Grand Forks Red River High School students told more than 100 of their younger peers Wednesday that they don't have to succumb to peer pressure -- for anything. Members of the theatrical group, called I.M.I.4.U.2.C. (I am I for you to see), pretended they were children in a lunchroom, acting out the classic drama of choosing where to sit when friends don't get along. If member Jacoba Woodward decided to sit with member Morgan Young, the group warned they would withdraw friendship privileges like sitting together at recess.
After another snow day on Monday, Grand Forks and East Grand Forks public school officials area trying to figure out how students will make up days lost to bad weather. The Grand Forks School District has missed three days but only has one to make up "so far" as two days were already built into the school calendar, said Assistant Superintendent Jody Thompson. North Dakota law requires schools to have 175 instructional days throughout the year. Thompson said officials will meet Wednesday but declined to mention any of the options the district is considering.
A UND graduate who became the 50th woman in space said the resilience she's earned by running marathons will ease tough nights during her six-month space mission. NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, an avid runner, said marathons taught her to continue even when she was desperate to stop. "You miss your family so dearly at times and think, 'How in the world am I going to make it tomorrow,'" she said Tuesday. "But you power through it.
The way law enforcement officials describe it, prescription drugs are so common among young people in the Grand Forks region now that they are practically a form of currency. Pills are being traded for marijuana, favors, gas money or other pills.
Valley-Edinburgh (N.D.) School senior Zachary Kringstad learned one lesson from his science project: Keep the mice to a minimum. For his project, which he presented Wednesday at the Northeast Regional Science and Engineering Fair at UND, he studied how exercise affects learning and memory in mice. After four weeks, he found his hypothesis was correct: Those that exercised fared better than those that didn't, thanks to extra blood flow providing more nutrients and oxygen, he said. Despite having to set up a memory test with rodents swimming in a powdered milk-filled pool, the most challengin