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Third-graders at Ben Franklin Elementary School in Grand Forks faced a daunting task Friday. A mean substitute teacher has locked the class in a box, said Kari Melland, an elementary curriculum technology partner. The only way to escape before she returned is by opening three heavy-duty locks. They had 45 minutes to do it. Faces lit up around the room as students saw a small wooden box with locks sitting on a table. "This puzzle can only be solved by everyone thinking and working together," she said.
The threat for significant and impactful flooding continues to be low, according to a forecast report released Thursday. The flood threat to the Red River Basin is slightly lower than average but slightly higher than average for the Devils Lake Basin, according to a spring flood outlook report issued by the National Weather Service's North Central River Forecast Center. The flood outlook this month has not changed much since January. This spring, temperatures are expected to be warmer than normal with normal precipitation.
Recent comments gathered by Grand Forks Public Schools show many parents want school school boundaries redrawn to address school crowding, economic equity and student choice. After less than a year of families adjusting to new boundary lines, drawn to accommodate south-end growth, some parents say north-end elementary schools are at capacity or overcrowded, suggesting schools be consolidated or lines be redrawn in the future.
North Dakota high school seniors can start applying for a state scholarship offering up to $6,000 toward college tuition expenses. Academic and career and technical education scholarships are available to all state students who meet the North Dakota Scholarship criteria, State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said in a release Monday. The application deadline is June 3. Students who qualify will be notified in early July. For more information, visit www.nd.gov/dpi/schoolstaff/tse/grantsch/scholarship/ .
About eight-10ths of an inch of snow fell in Grand Forks by noon Sunday, according to the National Weather Service office. Meteorologist Brad Hopkins said he didn't expect much more. "Maybe an inch at most," he said. The Grand Forks area is expecting warmer temperatures throughout the week, with a brief cool-down Tuesday, he said. "By Thursday and Friday, highs should be in the upper 30s," he said. "That should carry into Saturday before a slight cool down. It's going to be kind of a rollercoaster."
Members of United Lutheran Church in Grand Forks were treated to a bluegrass worship Sunday by Thief River Falls-based band The WoodPicks. The performance was part of the church's fifth annual bluegrass worship, followed by a barbecue lunch. Rev. Karla Coen-Tuff said the idea started with their music director, who once heard The WoodPicks perform in the area and wanted to bring their sound to to the church. The band formed in 2005 and started playing their acoustic mix of gospel, bluegrass, country and Americana music for northern Minnesota venues.
A two-car accident on the Columbia Road overpass early Sunday afternoon injured three people and caused extensive damage to both vehicles. Rock Desmarais, 42, of Grand Forks, was driving a Nissan pickup south in the outside southbound lane, started sliding then crossed into the northbound lanes. Amanda Tucker, 26, of Grand Forks, was driving a Ford Edge north in the outside northbound lane and struck the passenger-side front of the Nissan.
A Grand Forks man was injured after a car accident Saturday night with a parked tractor trailer. Michael Hutchinson, 35, of Grand Forks, was driving north on Stanford Road near Gateway Drive when his 2001 Kia Sportage crossed the intersection and struck the trailer of a tractor trailer parked at J.R. Simplot Company. Officers responded to a report of the accident at 11 p.m. Hutchinson had what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Altru Hospital. The driver seated in the parked tractor trailer was not injured.
The promoter of a high school exhibition football game Sunday at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks chose to cancel part of the event, according to a release. Promoter Elite Opportunities signed a facility usage agreement with Alerus to hold its International Futures All-Star Game there, but decided to cancel the first game and combine players in the second game, Lance Johnson, Alerus marketing manager, said Sunday. Alerus Center is not a partner or sponsor of Elite Opportunities or its events, and the promoter complied with its contract, he said.
New and old Americans were invited to share their story Saturday for an interactive art exhibition in Grand Forks. Nearly every wall in the downtown Third Street Gallery was covered in the paint, drawings and musings of people who contributed to the "art party," the final of two interactive exhibits held this month led by local artist Adam Kemp. A reception will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday to honor the success of the project, which was funded by the Knight Fund Community Foundation.