For women in rural areas, having a baby has become more complicated than it used to be. For years, more rural hospitals have been shutting down maternity units, forcing expectant mothers in small rural and farming communities to travel longer distances to deliver their babies. It didn't used to be this way. "Virtually every rural hospital in North Dakota, probably 40 years ago, was doing obstetrics," said Brad Gibbens, deputy director, UND Center for Rural Health.
The Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, celebrating its 110th anniversary, is presenting the first concert of its 2018-19 season at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Empire Arts Center. The concert will feature Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons," with accompanying sonnets read by actor Darin Kerr, said Tamara Auer, the new executive director of the symphony. Audience members also are invited to a pre-concert talk at 1:30 p.m. with the symphony's conductor and artistic director, Alejandro Drago, a globally-recognized maestro violinist and member of the music faculty at UND.
Cirque du Soleil is bringing an entirely new show to Ralph Engelstad Arena next week—one that introduces an ice rink into the equation. In the aptly named production, "Crystal," the company's 43 gymnasts and skaters explore the artistic limits of performing on ice for the first time in its 34-year history, said Julie Desmarais, publicist for Cirque du Soleil. The company's renowned acrobatic performers are joined by ice skaters with figure- and extreme-skating backgrounds, Desmarais said.
Two volunteers from this area are part of an emergency medical response group that will help victims of Hurricane Florence in Raleigh, N.C., for the next two weeks. James Klava, registered nurse and paramedic, Grand Forks, and Sarah Bushaw, registered nurse, Oslo, Minn., flew out of Grand Forks on Wednesday and are scheduled to return Oct. 3, according to Tim Wiedrich, chief of the North Dakota health department's Emergency Preparedness and Response section.
Tickets go on sale Sept. 28 for the PAW Patrol Live! "Race to the Rescue" show, which will take the stage in January at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. Performances of the show, described by promoters as "an action-packed, music-filled production," are set for 6 p.m. Jan. 8 and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Jan. 9. Performers engage the audience with Bunraku puppetry, an innovative costuming approach that brings the PAW Patrol characters to life on stage.
Andrew Towne, a 2000 graduate of Grand Forks Central High School, has been selected to join the school's Distinguished Alumni group. Towne will be formally inducted during the Homecoming Pep Rally at 2 p.m. Thursday. He will also be addressing students earlier that day. The Distinguished Alumni designation honors Central graduates who have made a significant impact on their communities and professions and serve as models of success, according to a news release from Grand Forks Public Schools.
When Kevin Dean retired from his job as a radio news announcer in the spring of 2017, he was looking forward to a life of leisure and travel. After a 40-year career in broadcast journalism and public relations, Dean was ready to embrace a slightly slower pace. "I thought I'd be doing some extensive traveling and relaxing," Dean said. "I knew I was going to do something, but certainly not what or when."
Grand Forks native Ed O'Keefe accepted a Primetime Emmy award Sunday in Los Angeles for the series, "Anthony Bourdain: Explore Parts Unknown," a digital offshoot of the "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" television series. O'Keefe was one of six executive producers to receive the award for "Outstanding Achievement in Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series." "It was a bittersweet win," said O'Keefe, a 1996 graduate of Red River High School who lives in New York City. "But this award isn't about me; I was a very, very small piece of a much bigger story.
Metallica, the heavy metal band that performed Saturday in the Alerus Center, drew an audience of almost 17,000, according to center officials. Tickets sales for the concert totalled 16,970, said Riley Simenson, marketing director for the Alerus. The stadium holds 21,000. "We did not break the (attendance) record, but had an excellent turnout and we appreciate the community's support in this exciting event," said Anna Rosburg, general manager of the Alerus.
The second annual Greenway Takeover Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever, event organizers said. The free event, intended for all ages, will feature music, arts, food, games and activities for the whole family, said Tricia Lunski, who organized the event with her husband, Jamie. The festival, presented by HB Sound and Light in partnership with Altru Health System, takes place on the Grand Forks Greenway just north of the Sorlie Bridge downtown.