Alexandra Tweten, who grew up in Climax, Minn., has turned a blog -- where women could share the horrors of digital dating apps -- into a book. “Bye Felipe,” published by Running Press, based in Philadelphia, was released Tuesday. Tweten, who lives in Los Angeles, said she wrote it to help women navigate the perils of online dating and provide practical advice on how to overcome the harassment that is rampant in the world of dating apps.
Grand Forks Air Force Base recently held a grand opening for its newly renovated dining facility. Since April, the facility had been closed for renovations, which were completed at a cost of almost $1 million, said Lea Greene, chief of public affairs at the base. Six new stations include a restaurant rotation station, featuring Taco del Seoul, a smoothie bar and Express To-Go, which offers "nutritional and tasty options," said Greene.
In the first six weeks of operation, the Sunshine Hospitality Home has housed 125 guests, said Katie Edvall, interim manager of the facility. Construction on the home, located a few blocks west of Altru Hospital on 11th Avenue South, began last summer. The 18,000-square-foot, three-story building opened July 9. Many of the guests have been from within a 50-mile radius of Grand Forks, Edvall said. Guests from Ohio, Texas, Illinois and Wisconsin also have stayed at the home. Average length of stay is about three nights.
The Grand Forks School District has hired 87 new teachers for the upcoming school year—about 50 percent more than last year—and plans to hire more, said Tracy Abentroth, the district's human resources director. The number of openings the district needed to fill "is on the high end," Abentroth said, and is due, in part, to the unusually large number of teachers who retired last spring. "We had a large 'retirement class'—if you want to call it that—one of the biggest number of retirees ever in the district," she said.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a grant for $8,950 for the Spirit Lake Tribe, of the Devils Lake area, as part of its program to stimulate commercial and manufacturing development in rural areas. The funds will allow the tribe to conduct a study of the feasibility of manufacturing clothing at the tribe’s industrial building in Fort Totten.
Mary Burd, owner of the Voxxy women’s clothing boutique in downtown Grand Forks, has opened a second Voxxy store at 612 Main Avenue in Fargo. The Fargo store, which opened Monday, employs six sales staff members and offers clothing in sizes 12 to 22 as well as accessories. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. “It’s been awesome so far,” Burd said. “The response has been great.”
Cream of Wheat, the nation’s first hot breakfast cereal, has been recognized as North Dakota’s most famous invention by Family Handyman magazine. It’s part of a list, recently published by the magazine, that cites the most famous invention from every state.
Don Roberts has made it his mission to get as many veterans as possible on board an Honor Flight to visit war memorials that honor their military service and other historic landmarks in the nation's capital. He is working with a small group of volunteers, as part of the Veterans Honor Flight of North Dakota and Minnesota organization, to spread the word and raise funds so more vets, especially those from the northern Red River Valley, can participate.
Five local women are planning a fundraising event to help make sure students in Grand Forks Public Schools get a hot lunch, rather than a sandwich, if they want it. The "Chair Affair" event planned for Sept. 13 will feature about 20 chairs decorated by artists and other "creators," the project's leader Becky Ronkowski said. The chairs will be auctioned to raise money for the Grand Forks Public Schools' Child Nutrition Program, she said.
Instead of grabbing the same old thing for lunch, Andre Washington wants you to try something different—from a food truck. He's organized the "Downtown Food Truck Week." "Basically, we're trying to develop the food culture in Grand Forks," said Washington, business development executive for New Flavors Global Cuisine. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today through Friday, food trucks will be parked near the Grand Forks County Courthouse, near the corner of South Fourth Street and Bruce Avenue.