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Schools in Warroad, Minn., will move to a five-day week next year, a decision opposed by some teachers and staff in the school district. The Warroad School Board voted 3 to 2 in favor of the decision Monday. Staff who opposed the change said the board made the decision, despite the district saving $1.2 million over the past six years by sticking to a four-day week, they said. The Minnesota Department of Education had been urging districts to adopt a traditional week out of the belief fewer days—albeit longer—don't help student learning.
Grand Forks' Red River High School will hold its annual Juried Student Art Show in conjunction with the school's jazz band concert Thursday, according to the district. The art show opening runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and awards will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Matt Anderson from the North Dakota Museum of Art will be the juror. Other news • MUG SENT TO GFPHOTO Red River sophomore Kishen Patel has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the National Technical Honor Society, according to the district. He was among 175 students nationwide to receive the Jon H.
WARREN, MINN.—Some students in Warren, Minn., sang but didn't make a sound. Poised in front of laptops Wednesday, their fingertips danced in the air as they expressed the lyrics of popular songs ranging from Maddie and Tae's "Girl in a Country Song," to NSYNC's "Bye Bye Bye" through American Sign Language for a new class. Warren-Alvarado-Oslo (Minn.) High School is among a small number of schools in the state to offer sign language as a foreign language. Besides having some fun with it—sign language replaces the concept of note-passing in class—students say it's exposed
The Grand Forks area may see a mix of rain and snow today after about 2 inches of rain fell Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. An inch and four-tenths of rain had fallen in the city by early afternoon, and that was expected to near the 2-inch mark by this morning, said Bill Barrett, meteorologist with the weather service.
Pouring rain on Sunday didn't deter dozens of Grand Forks residents from celebrating Norway's Constitution Day at the Sons of Norway Lodge. Shaking off umbrellas and shrugging off raincoats, residents packed into the small building to stand in line for sotsuppe, rommegrot, specialty cookies and other Norwegian delicacies. Else Rike, 91, stood in the lodge's cramped kitchen preparing riskrem, a sweet rice pudding topped with raspberry sauce.
The Grand Forks area may see a mix of rain and snow Monday after about 2 inches of rain fell Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. An inch and four-tenths of rain had fallen in the city by early afternoon, and that was expected to near the 2-inch mark by Monday morning, said Bill Barrett, meteorologist with the weather service.
Grand Forks Public Schools is in the process of replacing 54 employees leaving the district this year, said Assistant Superintendent Jody Thompson. Retirement, early retirement and relocation are the reasons behind their departure, according to the district. "Most, if not all, of those positions will be replaced," said Thompson in an email.
Kathleen Neset, vice chair of the State Board of Higher Education, told UND graduates Saturday they never know where their lives may lead. "When I was a student in Washington, N.J., and Providence, R.I., you never could have told me that my life path would have brought me to a farm northeast of Tioga, N.D.," she said. "And yet that is where I am and proudly working to help our great state provide energy as a geologist in the oil industry." Neset spoke before those who gathered for UND's 127th general spring commencement ceremony at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.
Grand Forks Police are canvassing north end neighborhoods seeking clues in a recent pair of assaults and said Saturday they have potential evidence in one case. Police cautioned residents to...
Lake Agassiz Elementary teacher Nicole Reybok said she took a $15,000 pay cut to teach in Grand Forks this year during contract negotiations between teachers and the School Board Wednesday. Reybok, who used to teach in Minot, told School Board members she couldn't afford to live in the city on her salary alone. She moved here because her husband found a job, and she left behind a district that offered better pay, benefits and a shorter school day, she said. "I took a massive pay cut to be here," she said. Reybok was one of two teachers who spoke at a meeting between the Grand Forks Educa