Grafton, N.D., native Lori Ann Pohanka-Kalama, a dive team member, died recently on a search mission in Texas. Pohanka-Kalama, 46, of Belton, Tex., was a volunteer member of a fire and police dive team that, on April 15, was searching for a soldier who was presumed lost in floodwaters on the Fort Hood Army Base, according to media reports and an obituary posted by the Linton, N.D., mortuary in charge of funeral arrangements. She was pulled from the creek, hospitalized and died the next day.
The Dallas Brass will perform as a guest group in a concert with the All-City Band at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Red River High School Performance Hall. One of the Dallas Brass members is Ryan Christianson, a trombonist and graduate of Red River High School where his father, Dave Christianson, is a band director. "The Dallas Brass is an outstanding group," said Dave Christianson. "It'll be a great concert." The All-City Band includes Grand Forks middle school honor band and high school symphonic bands. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students.
The Edgewood Management Group, based in Grand Forks, plans to build an assisted living and memory care facility on 11th Avenue South, west of Altru Hospital. The 56,000-square-foot facility will include about 70 units, to be split roughly equally between assisted living and memory care, CEO Phil Gisi said. Work on the facility could begin late this year, but more likely will begin in 2018, he said. "We still have planning to do to come up with the right mix of product," he said, referring to the number of beds for each type of care.
It's hearing the sirens again that takes Connie Sherwood right back to that April day 20 years ago, when the Red River rose up and took Grand Forks. Sherwood is directing "Keep the Faith," a revival of the musical that was mounted in the summer of 1997 to tell the story of the flood. Sirens can be heard blaring in the revived multimedia show that captures the sights, sounds and feelings of people before, during and after the natural disaster. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday in Red River High School's Performance Hall.
If you haven't made plans to see "Keep the Faith" this weekend at Red River High School, don't wait a minute longer. The show, which tells the story of the Flood of '97, is infused with energy, humor and pathos. For those who lived through the flood 20 years ago this week, the musical production stirs poignant memories of valiant flood-fighting, mass evacuation and the heart-wrenching destruction left in the aftermath.
PARK RIVER, N.D.—On April 6, 2007, Good Friday, Ben Hylden, 16, was running late for an appointment in Park River, so he took the shorter but more dangerous route from his farm home, a gravel backroad, rather than the highway. A half-mile from home he lost control of his car on the icy road and drove into a ditch where he struck an approach, causing the car to flip end-over-end into a field. With no seatbelt on, Ben was tossed around "like a ragdoll" in the car, he said. When the passenger door ripped off he was ejected and thrown face first into the frozen soil.
Words matter, especially when talking about people, say those who are involved with the LISTEN Drop-In center in Grand Forks. The importance of using respectful language when referring to people with disabilities is the point they want to bring to light in a play they're presenting Friday at the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks.
What could be more fun for families than an Easter egg hunt? If that appeals to you and yours, head Saturday morning to the Alerus Center for the annual Easter Egg Scramble. Enjoy breakfast together and then turn the kids loose for fun and games, including face painting, a cake walk, cookie decorating and more. The event runs from 8 a.m. to noon. Start times for the egg hunts are: for ages 2 and 3—8:30 a.m.; ages 4 and 5—9:30 a.m., and ages 6 to 8—10:30 a.m. It's a good idea to arrive 15 minutes ahead of the start time.
Hospice of the Red River Valley will host a film screening and discussion about end-of-life care from 4 to 6 p.m. April 27 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Grand Forks. The event will include screening of the Emmy-nominated documentary film, "Being Mortal," followed by a conversation on how to identify and communicate preferences concerning end-of-life care.
A "home away from home" for Altru Health System patients and their family members is getting closer to becoming a reality, say officials of the Sunshine Memorial Foundation, which launched the project. Groundbreaking for the Sunshine Hospitality Home is expected within weeks for the 18,000-square-foot, three-floor facility to be built west of Altru Hospital on 11th Avenue South, said Theresa Garbe, CEO of the foundation.