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GRAND FORKS — It's National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week and the Grand Forks Public Library is doing its part to make a difference by holding a panel discussion from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Some of the people on the panel include employees for agencies like Northlands Rescue Mission. Other members on the panel are people who have been homeless for any period in their lives. The library is hoping to draw attention to how it impacts people in the area.
GRAND FORKS - Throughout October and November, community members painted bowls to fight hunger. On Monday, those bowls were filled, marking the 14th annual Empty Bowl project. Community members filled St. Michael's Catholic School on Monday, where they could check out an array of bowls crafted by locals and sample a variety of soups - including a chili made by Mayor Michael Brown. 1,500 bowls were painted for this year's event. Those bowls were available for purchase, and most sold around $20 a piece.
GRAND FORKS - Grand Forks is getting in the holiday spirit. The Alerus Center is kicking off their "Season of Giving" on Tuesday. This means through November and December, they'll feature different area organizations and run a food drive for them. It starts with a food drive for the Northlands Rescue Mission - they'll be collecting donations from 8 am to 5 pm on Tuesday. One event organizer tells WDAY News they're hoping to shine a spotlight on different Grand Forks groups who are making a difference during the holiday season.
GRAND FORKS, ND--Three people are behind bars after two wild rides through the city on Friday night. 27-year-old Evan Nelson of Grand Forks faces a long list of charges - including reckless endangerment and reckless driving to name a few of the charges. 3 arrested after 2 separate chases through the city It came to an end here on 36th Avenue South.
GRAND FORKS, ND--First responders are getting schooled in Grand Forks. Police spent the day learning about what it's like for someone with autism. Autism can be difficult for some people to understand. Interactions with police, fire or EMTs can be overwhelming for some people with autism. "Something like the bright lights or the loud sirens might actually drive someone further away than invite them in,” said Dr. Barb Stanton, with the Anne Carlsen Center.
GRAND FORKS, ND--An area high school is fusing fundraising with community service. Sacred Heart in East Grand Forks hosted their annual Rake-A-Thon on Wednesday. Students rake leaves for community members Over the past couple months, the students wrote letters to friends and family, seeking sponsors for the rake-a-thon.
GRAND FORKS - If you look outside and see the bright leaves covered in snow, it looks like two seasons at once and area landscapers are doing two season's worth of work. Landscapers say they've been swamped, responding to calls for fall and winter jobs. The landscapers say they were already busy with fall projects - like winterizing sprinklers, so they don't freeze. Now on top of that, they're removing snow.
GRAND FORKS - A family owned store and gas station is fueling the fight against breast cancer. On Friday afternoon from noon to 3 p.m., Dusterhoft family stores will pump your gas, wash your windows, and check your oil in exchange for a donation to the Altru Cancer Center. Throughout the month, they'll also donate a dollar every time you check in at one of their stores on Facebook.
GRAND FORKS - A competition for a cause. Thousands of pounds or orange turned into thousands of dollars of green. Since the summer, teams have been trying to grow the biggest pumpkin. The fundraiser brought in over $7,000 for YMCA programs helping people in our area who are living with Parkinson's. The winning pumpkin weighed in at 624 pounds.
GRAND FORKS - October is breast cancer awareness month, and an area hospital is trying something new to promote women’s health and maybe save some lives. For the very first time, Altru is offering free breast exams every Monday for the entire month. The exam will be a physical exam where the health care provider will check for any areas of concern, or abnormalities.