Three Grand Forks natives have earned a place in the 122nd Boston Marathon, which kicks off at 8:40 a.m. today. Brian Gregoire, 54, said he starting running when his family got a dog that he would take on walks. Those walks gradually turned into runs. Ten years later, Gregoire says he's competed in about 50 5Ks, 20 10Ks, between eight and 10 half marathons and six marathons.
Though the decision to end the Deferred Enforced Departure program was one that was made in Washington, D.C., its effects will be felt in Grand Forks. The DED program allows Liberian refugees temporary legal status to live and work in the United States and was enacted in 2002 in response to Liberia's civil war. The program comes short of granting permanent citizenship to refugees and instead can be renewed or canceled every 18 months at the president's discretion.
A winter weather system will bring heavy snow to the southern Red River Valley this weekend but should bypass Grand Forks. The snowfall will likely miss Grand Forks and the surrounding area, possibly bringing light snow to the Fargo area with the major snowfall reaching South Dakota, west central Minnesota and the Twin Cities area. "There's pretty good confidence that the heavy stuff is going to stay to our south," said Nick Carletta, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks.
As director of the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau, Julie Rygg is responsible for helping steer travelers to local dining, lodging, sports and entertainment options. Though it has been recently hurt by reduced traffic from Canada and retail closings, Rygg says the area has as much to offer visitors as ever. Q. Which events traditionally draw visitors to town?
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for northwest and west central Minnesota and northeast and southeast North Dakota, which is in effect from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning. According to meteorologist Nick Carletta, a first round of snowfall will start tonight and continue through Friday morning, bringing little accumulation. A second round of precipitation will start Friday afternoon, bringing 4 to 8 inches of accumulated snowfall. Winds reaching 25 mph and gusts of 30 mph are expected.
Drivers on Belmont Road in Grand Forks may have noticed a festive addition to the residential street this past week: a giant snow Easter bunny sculpture. The work is the creation of Ivan Jonk, a 17-year-old student at Central High School.
The annual ArtWise Elementary School Art Show will wrap up Thursday at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks with more the 3,500 works by local children in kindergarten through fifth grade. The show is open from 4 to 8 p.m., and admission is free.
The Powerball lottery is one that has been much loved in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands since its beginnings in 1992. The game offers player a 1 in 24.87 chance of winning prize money, anywhere from $4 to $550 million or more. "The jackpots are big, the game's got the most brand recognition among all the games," said Ryan Koppy, sales and marketing manager for the North Dakota Lottery. "It's the dreams, thinking what you could do with that money, imagining the possibilities," he said.
William Roepke has been a nomad for the past 22 years of his life since leaving his hometown of Minneapolis. A lover of the oceans and the mountains, Roepke would move from Alaska to Grand Forks and everywhere in between to work seasonal or temporary jobs. He has been an on-and-off client of the Northlands Rescue Mission for 18 years. "I've known everybody (at the mission) for a long time. I've seen a lot of changes and it's all good. It's unbelievable," he said. A rough life and struggles with alcohol and drugs led Roepke to homelessness.
A lot happened in the Grand Forks area in 2017. Here are the top 10 most-read web articles of the year.