Reed Karaim, a North Dakota native, has written a novel, "The Winter in Anna," which recently was published. Set in a remote North Dakota community in the last days before the internet, "The Winter of Anna" unfolds around a romance that almost was, and a meditation on what constitutes a life well lived. The title "refers both to something important that happened in Anna's past and the psychological state she is struggling with throughout the novel," Karaim said in an email to the Herald.
Her pregnancy was progressing well when Cassie Marka headed to the clinic for a 20-week ultrasound procedure in the spring of 2013. She and her husband, William, were excited about the pending birth of their first child. "We went in to learn just the gender," Cassie Marka said. But they learned much more. "They said something was wrong with her heart but we'll wait and take a closer look later," she said. The weeks between hearing something was wrong and learning exactly what was wrong were "pretty awful."
The idea of planning a family reunion may seem overwhelming at first, but with a few key pointers you can jump-start your way to a fun, meaningful experience that your relatives will remember for years. And, probably most important, it's not too early to start planning—especially if your target is this summer. If you have a big family or the reunion is a milestone, like the 25th annual, you may want to assemble a small committee to help divide the work.
Donald “Don” Lindgren, former owner of the Fabulous Westward Ho entertainment complex, was remembered Wednesday for his unwavering support of UND athletics and commitment to the Grand Forks community. Lindgren died Monday at Altru Hospital. He was 87.
Before starting rehearsals for "Noises Off" at Red River High School, the play's director Rich McFarlane thought it would be a good idea to have the cast and crew watch the movie version at their first meeting. "I sat there, melting, shrinking into my seat and thinking, oh my gosh, there's so much choreography—in the theater we call it blocking," he said. "If one kid misses an entrance by three seconds, you've derailed the next 10 minutes of the performance."
Pianist Gilles Vonsattel performs in concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in the North Dakota Museum of Art as part of the "Myra Presents: Sunday Concerts in the Galleries" series. Vonsattel, who won Canada's 2009 Honens Piano Competition, among other prestigious honors, recently released an album, "Shadowlands," which The New York Times called "mesmerizing." He has performed as a soloist with many orchestras in the United States, Canada and Europe, as well as in numerous appearances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York.
If it's beginning to feel like winter will go on forever, maybe it's time to plan your escape. Exciting options and good buys are available for anyone who's getting a little winter-weary, but especially for families who need a refresher from the doldrums that can set in this time of year. "Typically, Disney World in Orlando, Florida, is popular, or Disneyland in California," said Julie Conely, owner and manager of Monarch Travel in East Grand Forks. "People go to Cancun, Mexico."
The "unique eclectic set of music" prompted Paul Barta to want to stage "See Rock City and Other Destinations: Scenic Route" as Grand Forks Central High School's winter production this year. That's often the case. "It's the music that draws us to the show," said Barta, who's directing the show, along with his colleague, music director Geoff Mercer.
Looking for something different or interesting to do this weekend? Here are a few suggestions to make your Sunday anything but run-of-the-mill: The Luminus Piano Trio The Luminus Piano Trio performs at 2 p.m. Sunday at the North Dakota Museum of Art at UND. Its members, who are on the faculty of Minot State University, will perform works by Beethoven and Shostakovich, and a composition written for them by Devils Lake native Sean Neukom. The event is part of the "Myra Presents: Concerts in the Galleries" at NDMOA.
The Fallcreek Quartet, a local a cappella group, has earned a spot in the International Barbershop Senior Quartet Competition next month in San Antonio. To raise money for the trip, the quartet, along with other regional a cappella groups, will present a benefit concert, coupled with a silent auction Jan. 6 in Wesley United Methodist Church in Grand Forks.