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A scholarship fund for Central High School has recently grown by $37,500, according to the Grand Forks Foundation for Education. Kathryn Uhrich and Jeffrey Holmes recently gave $37,500 to endow a scholarship in their name. The Kathryn E. Uhrich and Jeffrey D. Holmes 1983 Excellence Scholarship is given each year to a Central senior who has an excellent academic record and shows exemplary leadership skills in extracurricular activities or community service, according to the school district. Both Uhrich and Holmes graduated from Central in 1983.
More than a century ago today, 38 Dakota Indians were hanged in Mankato, Minn., marking the end of the Dakota War and the largest mass execution in U.S. history. Despite its significance, very few know this fact, said Robert "BJ" Rainbow, an American Indian advocate in Grand Forks. "We've learned about the Civil Rights movement, we've learned about the Jewish Holocaust," he said.
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...