The Grand Forks Makerspace launched a Kickstarter campaign Friday to raise funds through pre-pledges from members, said Aaron Mooney, director of the business, which he plans to open July 2. Makerspace, located at 1503 DeMers, is a community shop where people can work on projects they “may not have the space or the quality or calibre of tools” for at home, Mooney said. It will also be a place to learn skills from experienced makers, he said.
Vertical Malt, an independent craft malting company based at the Wagner family farm near Fisher, Minn., was selected as a semifinalist in the MN Cup competition recently at the University of Minnesota. The company, run by Adam Wagner and his father Tim Wagner, is one of 90 teams of Minnesota entrepreneurs that will advance to the MN Cup semifinal round of the 2018 competition.
The picture of a large caterpillar was an obvious choice, a few years ago, when Julie Starren selected artwork by local school children for display at her workplace. After all, the office manager at Butler Machinery Company said, "We're an equipment dealership, and we sell Caterpillar and AGCO." The artwork of the worm-like larva was leased by the company through a program called "Art By Children," sponsored by the local ArtWise organization.
Music-lovers can choose the sounds of California or Ireland—or enjoy both—next week when the Chester Fritz Auditorium hosts concerts by the Beach Boys at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Celtic Woman at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Beach Boys, who've been touring the country since October, is a classic rock band led by its only remaining original member, Mike Love, who recently released his autobiography, titled "Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy."
The finance committee of the Grand Forks School Board approved a slight increase in mills for the school district's 2018-19 fiscal year budget and discussed the possibility of seeking voter approval for a mill levy increase in the future. The action, recommended by the district's business manager, Ed Gerhardt, on Wednesday will be brought to the School Board for consideration at its next meeting June 11. If approved, the district's tuition fund will increase from 3.36 to 4 mills.
At a young age, Austin Moen has had to deal with life challenges few high school students ever have to face. In January 2016, his 10-year-old brother, Mason, died in an accident. He transferred in October 2016 from Grand Forks Central High School to Community High School. About two months later, his girlfriend went into premature labor, and his infant son died. "I took a break from school," said Moen, 18. "It was a difficult time for me. School just seemed very hard." The school and its people were very supportive of Moen, he said.
Grand Forks Public School leaders agreed Tuesday to consider a proposed change in the number of personal days a teacher may take as part of the contract for the 2018-19 school year. The Grand Forks Education Association’s team asked for contract revisions that would allow for a teacher to have three personal days per year, cumulative to a maximum of six days, with the option of being compensated for two of those days, at the end of the school year, if unused.
Grand Forks Public Schools has announced details of high school graduation ceremonies. Community High School will hold its graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Alerus Center. Kylie Anderson, Taylor Hach and David Moreno, the graduation speakers, are among the school's 49 graduates. Grand Forks Central High School's graduation ceremony is set for 1 p.m. Sunday at the Alerus Center. Graduation speakers are Megan Hanson, Kacy Jiran and Sean King. There are 194 graduating seniors.
Three students from this area have been selected to serve on the Superintendent's Student Cabinet, according to North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler. The group is organized to offer Baesler advice and opinions about North Dakota education policy, Baesler said in a news release.
On Saturday, Austin James Graham graduated at the top—and at the bottom—of his class at Fordville-Lankin Public School at a commencement ceremony for the Class of 2018 in Fordville, N.D. "I'm finishing top of the class," said the son of Robert and Korie Graham of rural Fordville. "I only have to show up. That's going on my resume," he told the crowd of a family, friends, teachers and school officials who gathered for the ceremony in the school's gymnasium. The class motto is, "The only kid in class and still last in line."