Jane Olson remembers vividly the day she got to meet Sen. John McCain in person in the fall of 2012. The Arizona Republican was visiting North Dakota, along with Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., in support of Rick Berg's ultimately unsuccessful campaign against Heidi Heitkamp for the U.S. Senate. On the same trip he toured UND's aviation facility at the Grand Forks airport. Meeting McCain "was the highlight of my life," said Olson, of Grand Forks. "It was very emotional for me."
Naomi Dunavan of East Grand Forks has ridden her bicycle around the world—well, the equivalent distance anyway—all without leaving town. Dunavan reached her goal of 24,901 miles recently on a bike path that's become very familiar to her, behind the VFW Arena in East Grand Forks. Crossing the makeshift finish line, she was greeted with cheers and applause from friends who had gathered to celebrate the milestone with her.
CROOKSTON—Jeremy Olson was looking for a larger school district to lead when he began thinking about leaving his job as superintendent of the Underwood and Henning, Minn., school districts. He found what he was looking for in Crookston. "I'm really excited about this new challenge," he said. "People here are just awesome. "The community is very supportive of education in general." Olson, who officially started as Crookston's school superintendent July 1, will oversee an $18.2 million annual budget and a staff of about 200.
About 135 inline skaters, ranging in age from 8 to 75 years old, took part in the Rollin' on the River Inline Marathon on Saturday. Among them was CNN national correspondent Gary Tuchman, of Atlanta, Ga., who works for the Anderson Cooper 360 program. Tuchman said he first visited Grand Forks to cover the Flood of '97 for CNN. "I've been back several times since," he said. "People here are so nice and kind." This is the first time he's participated in the marathon, he said. "It's a great event."
The Grand Forks Fire Department was called to a house fire at 915 N. Fifth St. on Friday evening. Firefighters arrived on scene to find smoke coming from the eaves and doorway of the home, according to a news release from the fire department. Firefighters were able to locate and quickly extinguish the fire. The fire caused considerable smoke damage throughout the home. The homeowner, who was at home at the time of the fire, told firefighters that one dog was still inside. Firefighters were able to locate the owner's dog and bring it out safely.
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.