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Mental health advocates in Minnesota say their state is moving in the right direction, but there is more work to be done. Public funding for mental health services in Minnesota steadily increased between fiscal year 2004 and 2012, from $642 million to $926 million, according to figures provided by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. That includes state, county and federal funding. "Minnesota has done pretty well," said Sue Abderholden, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Minnesota.
Prayers and Christmas carols were occasionally interrupted Saturday afternoon by the crowing of roosters and the braying of donkeys in Crookston. A Christmas stable service was held Saturday afternoon at...
A new women's clothing boutique is planned near Columbia Mall. Kathy Klath has signed a lease for Mainstream Boutique at a space in the new strip mall that houses the HuHot Mongolian Grill, located at 2712 S. Columbia Road. She hopes to open there sometime in early 2015. Mainstream was founded in 1991 in the Twin Cities, and now has locations in 16 states, including ones in Bismarck, Fargo and Minot.
Their names and logos are similar, but the functions of Choice Financial and Choice Health and Fitness are completely different. Still, that similarity caused confusion for some who sent resumes to Choice Financial, seeking a job at the fitness center around the time it opened in 2012. "You want to be closely linked, but not that closely linked," joked Choice Financial CEO Brian Johnson. Choice is one of several area companies that have entered into naming rights deals over the past few years for public sporting facilities.
The Canadian dollar is continuing to fall behind its U.S. counterpart, but it doesn't appear to be having a major effect on shopping in Grand Forks. As of Thursday, the exchange rate sat at .8625, meaning every Canadian dollar is worth about 86 U.S. cents. The rate hasn't been that low since 2009. Whether the rate would continue to slip is unclear.
A public skating rink in downtown Grand Forks will open for the first time this afternoon. The rink, located in Town Square at the corner of DeMers Avenue and South...
An emotional meeting about an unpaid $510,000 economic development loan ended Tuesday with no formal action from the East Grand Forks City Council . The joint meeting between the City...
The East Grand Forks City Council and the Economic Development and Housing Authority board will hold a joint meeting Tuesday night to discuss their next steps over an unpaid $510,000 economic development loan. The meeting will be open to the public, unlike two recent meetings that took place behind closed doors. The city loaned $510,000 to Boardwalk Enterprises in 1999, with payments to begin in 2003, to help construct the Boardwalk building downtown.
Over the past 20-plus years, Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services has had a hand in some of the largest water-related infrastructure projects in the state. So it's perhaps fitting that the first cramped office Steve Burian and Charlie Vein shared included its own, albeit makeshift, water system. "One wall had a trough on it that we didn't quite understand until spring came and the water would percolate right through the wall, fall into that trough and then go out the building," said Burian, the company's CEO. The two moved out of those digs long ago, and they've added a lot of he
Antonina Kuznetsov took an interest in the beauty products she was using at an early age. And after doing some research, she found many of the ingredients in those products were potentially unhealthy.