Robyn and Perry Bancroft made it a point to talk with Grand Forks School Board member Amber Flynn at the presentation on the future of school facilities Monday at South Middle School. "I want to see more opportunity for input, a better survey and more involvement" by the community, Robyn Bancroft said. She and her family moved to Riverside Park neighborhood almost five years ago "partially because of the school," she said, referring to Wilder Elementary where they have a child who's enrolled in third grade and another will start kindergarten this fall.
The importance of every single vote—coupled with a call to action—was a common theme running through speakers' remarks at the first "Raise Your Vote: The Women's March Goes On" on Saturday at the Empire Arts Center in Grand Forks. More than 200 people gathered for the event, hosted by the local Equal Rights for All group, which seeks to continue the momentum begun a year ago at the Women's March on Washington, a demonstration by hundreds of thousands advocating for legislation and policies concerning human rights and other issues.
A senior at Grand Forks Central High School, Adrian Cummings, has been named as a state nominee for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education Program. He was one of five high school seniors in North Dakota to receive the honor. Each of the students has completed a CTE-coordinated plan of study or career pathway, achieved at least a 3.0 grade point average in the plan of study and demonstrated technical competence, employability skills, ingenuity and creativity.
Grand Forks residents will have a chance Monday to look at scenarios that have emerged from the school district's facilities master assessment and weigh in on what direction the School Board should take in planning for the future. At a community forum, set for 7 p.m. at South Middle School, the public is invited to view a presentation by JLG Architects that outlines its findings based on an in-depth assessment of the district's 19 buildings. Informational booklets will be distributed.
More than 400 high school students from throughout North Dakota and Minnesota have converged on UND this weekend for the 33rd annual Honor Band, Choir and Strings Festival. The musicians were selected from more than 825 students who auditioned last fall for the honor of participating in the event, according to James Popejoy, a member of UND's music faculty and event organizer.
In some respects, the health and well-being of residents in this region is improving, but there are health challenges that still need continued attention and focused effort, say health care and public health officials. A community health assessment, conducted in 2016 by the Grand Forks Public Health Department and Altru Health System in conjunction with other partners, revealed several areas of concern to those who are dedicated to improving the health of people in this region.
The annual "Happy Harry's Beer and Bacon Festival" is set for Saturday at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. The event "brings delicious suds and swine dishes together," organizers say. It features more than 10 local restaurants that will showcase numerous dishes made with bacon. Guests may sample these dishes along with more than 100 craft beers. All samples are included in the price of admission. The VIP session begins at 3:30 p.m., and general admission starts at 5 p.m. The event ends at 8 p.m.
The public is invited to an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday to view the new addition and remodeled spaces at East Grand Forks Senior High School. The $20.6 million building and remodeling project was completed last fall. The project included a new 70,000-square-foot addition that houses a gymnasium, weight room and fitness center, two locker rooms, band and choir rooms, two art rooms and an area for students to dress and prepare for theatrical performances.
The annual celebration of beer and bacon revs up Saturday at the Alerus Center. You could say, if you are crazy for bacon, you'll be in "hog heaven." At the Happy Harry's Beer and Bacon Festival, amid samples of 100 to 150 local and national craft beers, beer-lovers no doubt will be over the moon. About a dozen area restaurants plan to offer their favorite brimming-with-bacon dishes. All beer and food samples are included in the price of admission. A VIP ticket, for $60 in advance or $65 on the day of the event, admits you at 3:30 p.m.
While discussion about the future of local schools by Grand Forks School Board members may seem relatively new to some residents, officials say this topic has been on their radar for some time—and that community input will be critical to determining what the educational landscape will look like in the future. Nearly two years ago, the School Board began discussing the need for a long-term facilities plan, said School Board President Doug Carpenter.