What started out as an idea to have young children in Grand Forks learn and grow in a setting that allows them to build connections with the elderly has come to fruition. The Head Start classrooms and playground project at 4000 Valley Square has been completed, and 28 children, ranging in age from 3 to 5 years old, are enrolled in the program that started Aug. 30 in its newest location.
Jose Gil of Grand Forks claims to be Metallica's biggest fan—at least in this region—and, after viewing his collection and hearing his story, few would argue with him. In Gil's basement, his "Met Cave" is a testament to his 30-year dedication to the heavy metal band he considers to be a pioneer in that musical genre. The walls are lined with posters from concerts held around the U.S. and elsewhere, albums, novelties, and other memorabilia that include an inscribed wristwatch, a drum key and guitar pick used by a band member.
‘Minnesota Rust’ opens in McIntosh Andrea Stordahl has opened an antiques and vintage shop, “Minnesota Rust,” in McIntosh, Minn. She hosted a grand opening Friday at the shop at 120 Cleveland Ave. The shop features antiques and vintage items, gifts, decor items and “what I would call upscale vintage, salvage, industrial -- things you can mix with new stuff in the home,” Stordahl said.
INKSTER, N.D.—A building that will house a child care center was moved Thursday from rural Argyle, Minn., to the grounds of Midway Public School near Inkster, N.D. Mini Monarchs Child Care, expected to open Oct. 22, should accommodate 20 children and possibly more, said Jill Peterka, Forest River, N.D., who serves on the child care center's board of directors.
Bill Engvall, a Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling comedian, will perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. Engvall is launching a tour this fall that runs through May, bringing his act to between 60 and 70 cities around the U.S., he said. His show in Grand Forks will feature "clean, family-relatable" material, he said. "People like it when you're clean. We'll talk about adult subjects, but in a clean way." He draws his comedy sketches from observations of people as well as aspects of his own life.
Jane Olson remembers vividly the day she got to meet Sen. John McCain in person in the fall of 2012. The Arizona Republican was visiting North Dakota, along with Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., in support of Rick Berg's ultimately unsuccessful campaign against Heidi Heitkamp for the U.S. Senate. On the same trip he toured UND's aviation facility at the Grand Forks airport. Meeting McCain "was the highlight of my life," said Olson, of Grand Forks. "It was very emotional for me."
Naomi Dunavan of East Grand Forks has ridden her bicycle around the world—well, the equivalent distance anyway—all without leaving town. Dunavan reached her goal of 24,901 miles recently on a bike path that's become very familiar to her, behind the VFW Arena in East Grand Forks. Crossing the makeshift finish line, she was greeted with cheers and applause from friends who had gathered to celebrate the milestone with her.
CROOKSTON—Jeremy Olson was looking for a larger school district to lead when he began thinking about leaving his job as superintendent of the Underwood and Henning, Minn., school districts. He found what he was looking for in Crookston. "I'm really excited about this new challenge," he said. "People here are just awesome. "The community is very supportive of education in general." Olson, who officially started as Crookston's school superintendent July 1, will oversee an $18.2 million annual budget and a staff of about 200.
About 135 inline skaters, ranging in age from 8 to 75 years old, took part in the Rollin' on the River Inline Marathon on Saturday. Among them was CNN national correspondent Gary Tuchman, of Atlanta, Ga., who works for the Anderson Cooper 360 program. Tuchman said he first visited Grand Forks to cover the Flood of '97 for CNN. "I've been back several times since," he said. "People here are so nice and kind." This is the first time he's participated in the marathon, he said. "It's a great event."
The Grand Forks Fire Department was called to a house fire at 915 N. Fifth St. on Friday evening. Firefighters arrived on scene to find smoke coming from the eaves and doorway of the home, according to a news release from the fire department. Firefighters were able to locate and quickly extinguish the fire. The fire caused considerable smoke damage throughout the home. The homeowner, who was at home at the time of the fire, told firefighters that one dog was still inside. Firefighters were able to locate the owner's dog and bring it out safely.