The face of health care delivery in Grand Forks is on the verge of major change, and Altru Health System officials say this is the perfect time to find out what you want it to look like. With JLG Architects, the health system's leaders have been working on a master plan—with input from its more than 400 employees—that includes a new hospital on South Columbia Road. The public is encouraged to weigh in on the project at a community forum from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at The 701 Co-working Space, 33 S. Third St.
Talking to Mark Lindquist is a little like trying to take a sip from a firehose. The energetic, 37-year-old is passionate about inspiring others to "dream big and take a chance" in life, he said. That passion "has led to a career speaking to the largest crowds in America," he said. Lindquist, of Fargo, is a motivational speaker and professional singer, familiar in Grand Forks for his work at UND sports events. He hopes those who hear his talks "walk out of the room and step up their game," he said. "I want them to gain motivation or hope.
The first Crookston’s Marketplace event was rained out June 21, but “will be back, bigger and better on July 12,” said Nell DeBoer, who, with Jess Bengtson, coordinates the summertime series. Crookston’s Marketplace, which runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, is “a combination of farmers market, flea market and vendors show,” DeBoer said.
A new coffee shop with a drive-thru, Bully Brew East will host a grand opening Monday at the former location of Corner Coffee, 321 DeMers Ave., in East Grand Forks. Corner Coffee, which was owned by Bob Moore, closed June 30. Bully Brew East is managed by Jordyn Weber, who is originally from East Grand Forks and was managing Bully Brew Coffee in Fargo.
The Summer Performing Arts (SPA) Company kicks off this season with the Cole Porter musical, "Anything Goes," July 13-16 at Grand Forks Central High School. The show, filled with singing and lively choreography, features about 80 cast members who will be ninth- and 10th-graders this fall. "Anything Goes" was a good choice to present as part of SPA's season this year because "there are a lot of roles for kids—major roles, mid-level roles and bit parts," said Rich McFarlane, director of the show and an English teacher at Red River High School.
Everything you need and want at home can be found in the new facility that opens next week for those who come to Grand Forks for medical care. The Sunshine Hospitality Home, which is open to guests beginning Monday, will provide accommodations for people who come here for medical appointments—with Altru Health System and other health care providers—or to be close to family members who are hospitalized here.
Gate City Bank is warning the public about a phone scam that is going on in the Grand Forks area. Fraudulent phone calls have been made in an attempt to obtain consumers’ confidential, personal information, said Jennifer Dirk, the bank’s vice president of deposit and card servicing. The phone calls constitute a scam known as “phishing” or “vishing,” by which deceptive lawbreakers attempt to obtain others’ sensitive information so they can steal from them.
A sign on the door at Corner Coffee, 321 DeMers Ave., East Grand Forks, indicated it is closing today and will reopen as Bully Brew East. No date for the reopening was listed. Bob Moore and his family have owned and operated Corner Coffee for the past year and a half. The sign expressed gratitude to those who have been loyal customers during that time.
Whether you're an amateur or experienced gardener, you'll find something to inspire you this weekend at the 34th annual Grand Forks Horticultural Society Garden Tour, Peony Show and Plant Sale. On the Garden Tour, gardening enthusiasts can visit seven locations—urban and rural—that have been chosen for their creativity and different styles, said Linda Burkhart, a horticultural society member and event organizer. In planning the tour, "we try to get a variety of different gardens, so there's something for everyone," said Burkhart.
Officials of Sacred Heart School in East Grand Forks plan to break ground at 2 p.m. Wednesday to launch construction of a $3 million, single-story addition on the facility's southeast side. A reception in the school's social hall follows the groundbreaking event. The 10,865-square-foot addition will be named in honor of the sisters of Mount Saint Benedict, based in Crookston, said Carl Adolphson, president of the school. "They started the school and taught here for many years," Adolphson said. "The school wouldn't be here without them."