Jennifer Johnson covers K-12 education for the Grand Forks Herald.
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Grand Forks students say one Central High School teacher has made an indelible mark on their lives. Last year, student Katie McCoy knew someone who committed suicide. She talked about the topic for a speech in Bridget Ryberg's class, but found it hard to continue. Ryberg patiently waited after class so McCoy could explain, she said. "She was trying her hardest not to cry, but she was trying to be strong for me," McCoy said. "Every day, she would talk to me and see how I was doing.
Harley Tessman, 18, had a problem with pills. The path that led her there was a rocky one.
Steve Sulland's selflessness has shone through the most trying times, according to his sister. During the 1997 flood, Sulland, who co-founded Valley Petroleum Equipment, sent his family out of Grand Forks while he stayed behind, working with city officials to protect the city from further damage, said Cathy Obregon. But the qualities his friends and family admire extend beyond events like this and the long list of organizations he volunteers for, they said.
Families in need "shopped" at the Warren-Alvarado-Oslo (Minn.) School District earlier this month to help provide Christmas toys for their children. Fourth-grade teacher Stacy Hanson posted a request on the district's Facebook page for donations of gently used toys or winter clothing, and she got a strong response, Elementary Principal Kirk Thorstenson said. "It just kind of exploded," he said. Several tables full of toys and coat racks of clothing were available for families to choose from on Saturday, and Thorstenson said only half a bag was leftover to be donated to the Dakota Boys Ranch
First-graders in Thompson, N.D., are receiving a Christmas surprise Tuesday courtesy of a high school woodshop class. Sophomores and juniors spent a few months designing wooden toys — tractor trailers, tic tac toe boards and planes — that were delivered to younger students. During the process, the students developed their fine motor skills with tools and even created a computerized model for the toy, according to teacher Darwin Potter. First-graders were chosen as recipients because they were still young enough to appreciate toys, he said.
Recent Xcel Energy power outages in Grand Forks have been tied to a major substation upgrade, according to a company spokesman. "We're working to minimize the possibility of long-term outages, but unfortunately, a couple of things that could go wrong did go wrong," said Mark Nisbet, principal manager for North Dakota.
Eighth-grade girls from Grand Forks recently participated in a STEM camp in Fargo, according to the district.
Grand Forks students didn't meet Dasher or Dancer, but they did spend time with a reindeer on Monday. Head Start children had a chance to meet Iggy, a reindeer from...
Five winners of a contest through the Canadian Pacific Railroad will have $1,000 donated in their names to their local food bank, according to a release. Each year, two trains travel throughout the U.S. and Canada, stopping in towns to offer free concerts and encourage donations to local food banks. The train is scheduled to stop at Thief River Falls and Plummer, Minn., Sunday, among other upcoming stops in the state and North Dakota. Residents can submit up to three photos of the train, its performers or people donating food to the train.
Volunteers delivered packages Friday morning for one of Grand Forks' oldest charities. Every year, the Herald's Santa Claus Girls delivers gifts for children who otherwise might not have the opportunity. About a dozen people showed up Friday to help deliver toys, books and other gifts, said Anita Geffre, the Herald's finance director and charity president. While the number of volunteers was a bit lower than last year, the need was still strong -- about 343 families signed up to receive gifts for children, she said. So far, Santa Claus Girls has received about $10,000 in donations, a little