Not halfway into October and cases of the flu are already occurring around the state, but that isn't a sign we're in for a tough flu season, said an official with the North Dakota Department of Health this week. "We're seeing clusters of cases popping up here and there," said Jill Baber, epidemiologist with the department's Division of Disease Control. "That is normal for this time of year. It doesn't necessarily mean we're going to have a bad season. We could see this little bump and it could go away. Unfortunately, it's very unpredictable."
Four retired educators will be inducted into the Grand Forks Public Schools Teachers Hall of Fame at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Red River High School Theater. The inductees are: Kerry Jaeger, English teacher at Red River High School; Gary Mitchell, a teacher and assistant principal at Nathan Twining Elementary School and principal at Lewis and Clark, Roosevelt and Century elementary schools; Keith Ronkowski, marketing teacher, Red River High School; and Annella Winger, music teacher at Ben Franklin Elementary School.
The North Dakota Museum of Art is kicking off its "Myra Presents" classical music concert series Sunday with the opening of a retrospective show of work by Walter Piehl, an abstract painter of Western subject matter, especially the energy and action of horses and riders in rodeos. The concert features pianist Sarah Cahill, who will perform for five hours, beginning at 1 p.m., in what she calls a "ritual installation."
Former members of the Grand Forks Chorales are invited to sing in a special reunion concert Nov. 3 to celebrate the group's 35th anniversary. Reunion activities, which begin at 2 p.m., will include rehearsals and a dinner before the evening concert. Former members are asked to register by Oct. 27. Cost is $25 per person. All activities will take place at United Lutheran Church, 324 Chestnut St., Grand Forks.
Grand Forks native Mollie Douthit has opened her first solo show at Ecce Gallery, 208 Roberts Alley, Fargo. The exhibition, titled "New Works," consists of 21 oil paintings, primarily on panels. It opened Sept. 5 and runs through Oct. 21. Douthit's paintings capture images of ordinary, everyday objects and situations that have special meaning for her and evoke memories and emotion. "Painting provides a meditation on those subjects and permits me to better see, understand and transcribe my life," Douthit said in an artist's statement that accompanies the collection.
Heavy metal band Metallica broke records for ticket revenue and other sales with its Sept. 8 concert at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, according to the arena's management. The event, which drew nearly 17,000 fans as part of the band's WorldWired Tour, netted the highest-grossing ticket sales in the building's history, said Anna Rosburg, Alerus Center general manager. It also broke highest-grossing records for food and beverage sales, merchandise sales, and partnership revenues for one show since the Alerus opened in February 2001, Rosburg said.
Kim and Curt Riske are among the many parents whose children attend a Grand Forks school outside their school boundary area. Their son attends Discovery Elementary, although last year he was assigned to and attended Wilder Elementary as a kindergartener. The couple felt that, at Discovery, their son's special needs would be better served—and they have been, said Kim Riske. "We're very pleased with our communication with the school. He gets more attention and redirection there."
VOSS, N.D. — The Voss Pumpkin Patch is a family affair, with members of the Lutovsky family pitching in to make tiny Voss, N.D., located northwest of Grand Forks, a favorite destination for pumpkin purchasers. This year, they opened the pumpkin patch Sept. 22, and will continue to sell pumpkins, squash and gourds to customers through Halloween, said Becky Cote. "Or, for as long as we have pumpkins." Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Norwegian musicians on a tour of the Upper Midwest will perform a concert celebrating the music of Norway on Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Thief River Falls. The free performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Northland Community and Technical College Auditorium. The Snorre Lodge of Sons of Norway of Thief River Falls is sponsoring the event, which will feature award-winning trumpeter Kai Robert Johansen, vocalist Ellen Karine Lanne and an accordion group.
The UND Wind Ensemble and the University Band, under the direction of James Popejoy, will perform in concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Among several pieces to be performed by the University Band are Astor Piazzolla's "Oblivion," featuring senior flutist Katarina Shpak, and selections from the score of the original 1964 movie, "Mary Poppins." The UND Wind Ensemble also will present several compositions including "Esprit de Corps," by Robert Jager, and "Jupiter, The Bringer of Jollity," from Gustav Holst's monumental suite, "The Planets."