Grand Forks School Board members agreed Monday to build a new elementary school on the city's far south side, keeping all existing elementary schools open and redrawing school boundaries. The district should be able to build the school, estimated to cost $10 million, without raising taxes, said Superintendent Larry Nybladh. The school, which should open in fall 2014, would accommodate as many as 300 students and could be expanded to accommodate 300 more. Boundary changes will also go into effect fall 2014, but students may continue to attend their current school and so may their siblings.
A chef at UND and five other university chefs from around the region did battle Monday at an "Iron Chef"-style contest in Grand Forks' Alerus Center. Three certified judges and 200 very astute "foodies" scrutinized their work with flounder, the theme ingredient, making it a very serious competition for the chefs. Called the "Culinary Challenge," the event was part of the Continental Regional Conference for the National Association of College and University Food Services, hosted by UND.
Officials who work with international students at universities in the Grand Forks region say several safeguards, well-known in the industry, would have prevented the scandal that rocked Dickinson (N.D.) State University earlier this month. An audit at DSU, conducted in early February, revealed a diploma mill that awarded degrees and certificates to 400 foreign students who did not earn them and admitted students who couldn't speak English or did not meet other requirements. "If it was true, I'm really surprised that it happened," said Raymond Lagasse, director of international programs for n
Growing up on the south coast of England, Jane Sykes Wilson learned to live with a mysterious illness that seemed to arrive when temperatures drop, as if she were allergic to cold. "The colder it is, the worse it feels," she said. "I was told all sorts of things by doctors. They said, 'No way is it related to the cold.'" Any drop in temperature, even in warm weather, could bring on or worsen the flu-like symptoms, which included swollen joints, rashes, eye redness and occasional fever with chills.
Grand Forks School District officials on Monday asked the School Board to authorize a second English Language Learners program at a north-end elementary school this fall. It's a move that officials said would alleviate some crowding at Century Elementary School and provide better instruction for the ELL students. About half of the 80 ELL students at Century live outside that school's attendance area and are bused in from seven other schools' areas, board members were told.
When she looks at her wedding pictures, Denise Gunderson doesn't see the wheelchairs or the handicap that put her and her husband in them. "I see two people who are in love and want to spend the rest of their lives together," she said. "For that one day, I was normal."
We're still drinking, but we've cut back on the bingeing. While North Dakota is one of several states that form the "binge drinking belt" across the northern Plains into New England, the state saw a significant drop in binge drinking from 2007 to 2010, according to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And when it comes to heavy drinking, or consuming more than a moderate amount of alcohol every day, North Dakota, at 4.1 percent, ranked below the national average of 5 percent, in the CDC's 2010 survey. Vermont was highest at 7.2 percent.
Ann Smith, who has periodontal disease with an active infection, needs to have her teeth removed and dentures put in, she said. The infection could cause stroke or heart attack. She is unemployed, doesn't qualify for Medicaid or Medicare, and has been denied disability coverage. "I know my health is at risk," she said. "I have found resources to remove the teeth but none for replacement.
The high school in Hillsboro, N.D., doesn't offer an aviation class and the public school in Hatton, N.D., doesn't offer an auto repair class.
Online education accounts for an increasing portion of UND's enrollment, officials there say, and will be an important component as the school develops a new model for ensuring enrollment stays stable. "Online education is very important for our growth opportunities, because if you look at high school demographics, they're decreasing," said Lori Reesor, UND vice president for student affairs. "President (Robert) Kelley has said he believes we're at the right size.