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.
What started out as an idea to have young children in Grand Forks learn and grow in a setting that allows them to build connections with the elderly has come to fruition. The Head Start classrooms and playground project at 4000 Valley Square has been completed, and 28 children, ranging in age from 3 to 5 years old, are enrolled in the program that started Aug. 30 in its newest location.
Jose Gil of Grand Forks claims to be Metallica's biggest fan—at least in this region—and, after viewing his collection and hearing his story, few would argue with him. In Gil's basement, his "Met Cave" is a testament to his 30-year dedication to the heavy metal band he considers to be a pioneer in that musical genre. The walls are lined with posters from concerts held around the U.S. and elsewhere, albums, novelties, and other memorabilia that include an inscribed wristwatch, a drum key and guitar pick used by a band member.
‘Minnesota Rust’ opens in McIntosh Andrea Stordahl has opened an antiques and vintage shop, “Minnesota Rust,” in McIntosh, Minn. She hosted a grand opening Friday at the shop at 120 Cleveland Ave. The shop features antiques and vintage items, gifts, decor items and “what I would call upscale vintage, salvage, industrial -- things you can mix with new stuff in the home,” Stordahl said.
INKSTER, N.D.—A building that will house a child care center was moved Thursday from rural Argyle, Minn., to the grounds of Midway Public School near Inkster, N.D. Mini Monarchs Child Care, expected to open Oct. 22, should accommodate 20 children and possibly more, said Jill Peterka, Forest River, N.D., who serves on the child care center's board of directors.
Bill Engvall, a Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling comedian, will perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. Engvall is launching a tour this fall that runs through May, bringing his act to between 60 and 70 cities around the U.S., he said. His show in Grand Forks will feature "clean, family-relatable" material, he said. "People like it when you're clean. We'll talk about adult subjects, but in a clean way." He draws his comedy sketches from observations of people as well as aspects of his own life.