In the six years since its founding, the robotics team at Greenbush Middle River Public School in Greenbush, Minn., has been collecting awards—while gaining valuable career and life lessons—in competitions that test their skills at engineering, computer programming and other disciplines. The team has won the annual Minnesota State High School League championship for three years straight.
The Fire Hall Theatre's production, "Love, Loss, and What I Wore," explores women's relationships through the prism of the clothing that held special meaning at turning points in their lives. The play, which launches the theater's 71st season, is sure to resonate with females of any age who have ever had a dress, a purse or a pair of boots they couldn't forget or couldn't part with, because of the significant memory it conjures, said Kathy Coudle-King, the show's director.
The Grand Forks Chorales will present a special reunion concert, celebrating its 35th anniversary, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at United Lutheran Church in Grand Forks. The concert will feature some of the most popular selections from the Chorales' past performances, the group's artistic director Dean Jilek said. Former members from around the area have been invited to participate in the reunion activities, which begin at 2 p.m. with rehearsal that day at the church. They will join current members in a portion of the evening performance.
Cathy Altepeter doesn't see ghosts when she visits Memorial Park Cemetery but, in a way, they do speak to her—and she wants to know and share their stories. For Altepeter, the cemetery is a living history book—each grave-marker a window into the past and the people who made their home here. "People think that cemeteries are morbid, but they're not," said Altepeter, of East Grand Forks. "They're filled with history—people who lived without running water, electricity, cars and iPhones and had a perfectly good life."
A 3-D model of Altru's proposed hospital will be on display at a community forum Thursday at UND's Gorecki Alumni Center. The event, set for 5 to 6:30 p.m., will feature interactive stations where residents can learn about and provide feedback on design aspects of the project and the 25-year master plan for Altru's Columbia Road campus. The model of the proposed hospital represents the most current design, said Kellee Fisk, Altru's chief people and strategy officer. February is the target date for the $250 million hospital's groundbreaking.
Donna Stumphf, of Grand Forks, has donated more than 1 ½ tons of vegetables for people in need this fall. Over the course of six to eight weeks, the 67-year-old provided the produce "mostly to the Salvation Army and some to the (Northlands Rescue) Mission," she said. "I decided to do something about the hunger problem," Stumphf said. "I had kids in mind, mainly, and parents who can't afford to buy fresh vegetables." When she started this project, "I thought, I have to give myself a goal," she said. "You know, go big or go home."
Paul and Pam Stroklund of Minot are raising their four grandsons—ages 12, 9, 7 and 2—because the boys' mother, their daughter, can't. She is addicted to drugs, and is enrolled in a treatment program. About 12 years ago, her doctor prescribed an opioid, oxycodone, for a medical condition, Paul Stroklund said. "It was a lengthy prescription of oxy, and she was immediately hooked. She was on them for 39 days, and that just kind of started the process (of addiction).
In the dining room at St. Anne's Guest Home, a massive sign reads, "Welcome to Little Italy," and tables are draped with red-and-white checked cloths. Several residents are tying quilts with short pieces of yarn in preparation for the home's annual Autumn Extravaganza on Saturday. Paulla Solem, activities director at St. Anne's, moves from table to table, overseeing the final tasks to ready the last few quilts and other items for the craft sale. On the quilts, each piece of yarn needs two knots, she said. "Check 'em good. We don't want any of them left undone."
The United States Air Force Heartland of America Band will present a free, family-friendly Veterans Day-themed concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The program, "America's Heroes: A Salute to our Veterans," will include a variety of musical selections from Broadway and the Big Band era through today's popular artists. Tickets are available at the Fritz auditorium box office during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., or online at www.usafheartlandofamericaband.eventbrite.com .
A special event to raise funds for area veterans to participate in the Honor Flight is set for Saturday in East Grand Forks. The event, which runs from 5 to 9 p.m. at the American Legion Club, will feature a silent auction, bake sale, gift baskets, gift cards, a 50-50 raffle and other activities. The Honor Flight program provides elderly veterans with an escorted, two-day tour of the nation's war memorials and other historic sites in Washington, D.C.