Arne Brekke, longtime UND languages professor and founder of Brekke Tours traveling agency, was remembered Tuesday for his commitment to preserving Norwegian history and helping others research their Scandinavian heritage.
Adam Durrani, 18, didn't know a word of English when he arrived in this country, at age 6, with his parents from Pakistan. He learned the language of his new homeland "mainly by watching movies and YouTube videos," he said, "and as an ELL (English Language Learner) student." Durrani has come a long way since then. The recent Red River High School graduate will attend, as a delegate representing North Dakota, the Congress of Future Medical Leaders this week in Boston. "I'm the only one in North Dakota who was selected to attend, that I know of," Durrani said.
Molly Dickson remembers all too well the night she landed at New York City's JFK Airport—only to discover she had no place to stay. Dickson had arranged to get the keys from a woman whose apartment she was to sublease, but the woman didn't meet her as planned and wasn't answering her phone. "I was 22 years old," she said. "It was one of the scariest moments of my life." Dickson grew up near Gilby, N.D., where her parents Mark and Jill Dickson still live.
Mike Redlin needed only three words to recapture the attention of five energetic elementary students back to the task at hand: reading. “Let’s focus, guys,” said Redlin, sitting at a U-shaped table with students seated in a half-circle around him in his classroom at Nelson J. Kelly Elementary School. Like well-trained military recruits, the boys all bent over their books as they responded to his questions and word prompting.
Jonathan Sundby takes his role as a father seriously. So seriously, he joined a local group, All Pro Dad, that meets regularly to teach and inspire fathers to better love and lead their families. “I believe it’s important for fathers to be involved in their children’s lives,” Sundby said.
For his last sermon at Sharon Lutheran Church, Pastor John Fick plans to talk about mustard seeds. “I’ll be preaching on the gospel that is suggested for the day. It’s from the Book of Mark and it’s about planting mustard seeds,” he said. It’s “the perfect gospel” for this moment in his ministry, he said. “What could be more fitting for a pastor who’s been spreading seeds for years?”
Nominations for the 2018 Main Street Awards, a program of North Dakota’s Main Street Initiative, are due June 30. The Main Street Awards competition is a collaborative effort of the Office of Gov. Doug Burgum, the North Dakota Department of Commerce, and the North Dakota League of Cities.
Bill Palmiscno was the top vote-getter among five candidates, including incumbent and School Board President Doug Carpenter, who appear to have won seats on the Grand Forks School Board. As of press time Tuesday, the top five candidates, with 22 of 22 precincts reporting, were: Palmiscno, with 21 percent; Chris Douthit, 17 percent; Jacqueline Hoffarth, 16 percent; Shannon Mikula, 15 percent; and Carpenter, 10 percent. Nine candidates vied for the five open positions, elected at-large, on the nine-member School Board.
Bill Palmiscno was the top vote-getter among five candidates, including incumbent and School Board President Doug Carpenter, who appear to have won seats on the Grand Forks School Board. The top five candidates, with 22 of 22 precincts reporting, were: Palmiscno, with 21 percent; Chris Douthit, 17 percent; Jacqueline Hoffarth, 16 percent; Shannon Mikula, 15 percent; and Carpenter, 10 percent.
Angelique Gunderson, of Papillion, Neb., has been named principal of Elroy Schroeder Middle School in Grand Forks. Gunderson, who is principal of Walnut Creek Elementary School in Papillion, is taking over the position held by Catherine Gillach, who has been named an assistant superintendent of Grand Forks Public Schools. Gunderson has served as principal of a school with pre-kindergarten through sixth grade students for the past seven years, as well as an adjunct instructor in educational administration at Concordia University in Nebraska.