Up and down the Red River Valley, school boards are facing the challenges of maintaining and upgrading aging buildings and the inner workings—mechanical, electrical, plumbing, heating—which makes them habitable. They're grappling with questions such as, how much should they invest in these structures? What are the consequences of delaying investment? And, at what point is it smarter and more economical, in the long run, to build new?
In the wake of recent hurricanes that struck Houston and Florida, members of the Dakota Prairie Elementary School Student Council in McVille, N.D., decided to help children whose lives were upended by the disasters. They collected books for students in kindergarten through sixth grade at the Klein School District at Houston, said Principal Jackie Bye, whose two sisters are teachers there. Books were collected in communities that make up the Dakota Prairie School District: Aneta, Dahlen, Hamar, Kloten, McVille, Michigan, Niagara, Pekin, Petersburg, Tolna and Whitman.
If you can't wait to get into the Halloween spirit, plan a frightful adventure with family or friends at The Legends of Terror Haunted House event from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday at the Grand Forks County Historical Society. Start at the main building, get your ticket and begin a tour of the buildings and grounds, encountering scary scenes as you go. "The special effects in the Campbell House will be terrifying," Leah Byzewski, museum director, promises.
LARIMORE, N.D.—For many rural fire departments in this region, recruiting and retaining volunteer firefighters is a difficult and continuing challenge, fire chiefs say. The North Dakota Firefighter's Association has turned to a statewide media campaign to stir interest in a "job" which doesn't pay, but is a valuable community service. "We're in a blitz right now—TV, radio, newsprint—trying to recruit," said Dale Trosen, NDFA president and former chief of the Larimore fire department.
Recipes by Molly Yeh, local food blogger and cookbook author, are included in a recent "People" magazine and the new " America The Great Cookbook: The food we make for the people we love, from 100 of our finest chefs and food heroes. " The book, which features restaurateurs, chefs, food writers and cookbook authors, includes Yeh's recipes for "Vanilla Cake with Rhubarb Buttercream" and "Chicken Pot Tot Hotdish."
Demolition of the former Altru Clinic building, which started last month, is expected to continue through January, according to Altru Health System officials. The multi-story building at South Columbia Road and 12th Avenue South has to be razed as a result of structural failures. Earlier this year, clinical departments and offices in the building were relocated to other nearby Altru buildings and to its campus on South Washington Street.
More than 220 seventh-graders from 12 area schools participated in Pembina-Walsh Manufacturing Day on Oct. 4. Each student visited two manufacturing businesses, received a tour and heard young employees talk about their perspectives on the industry and the quality of their careers in manufacturing.
Alyssa Mulroy smiled broadly as Fatuma Ali draped a light blue hijab over her head and around her neck on Thursday at Red River High School. "I like it," said Mulroy, noting that she's never worn a hijab. "It's so soft." The two students were taking part in the school's first Culture Fair, an event spearheaded by seniors Grace Robinson and Claire Anderson who wanted to encourage their fellow Red River students to learn more about the diverse cultures represented in the student body.
As they strode up to an entrance of Red River High School on Wednesday morning, students were greeted by a half-dozen classmates who offered fist bumps, high fives and cheery greetings. "Good morning, guys." "Have a great day." "How are you doing?" The greeters are "peer leaders" in the Sources of Strength program—now in its second year at Red River—which is aimed at infusing a positive culture in their school.
A dozen high school students will talk about their experiences as immigrants at an event Thursday at Red River High School. Presentations begin at 7 p.m., followed by a book-signing, in the school's Rider Room. The book features the images and stories of immigrant youth who live in Fargo and Minneapolis. Ten Red River students will read short "memoir poems." Two Fargo high school students who are featured in the book will read personal essays.