Maria Williams Kennedy is closing one chapter in her music career and opening another, taking the first steps on a new path she didn't plan on or seek. A rare, debilitating blood disorder has forced her to shutter her Bel Canto Voice Studio in Grand Forks after 19 years. But it has not dimmed her passion for teaching. Kennedy has nurtured the vocal talents of 1,200 students in this area, and has given $80,000 in tuition scholarships to students, because money should not be a barrier to vocal training for talented young singers, she said.
The suicide rate in North Dakota between 1999 and 2016 is the highest in the country, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With a 57.6 percent increase, the state's suicide rate is "a much steeper increase than the national average rate," said Alison Traynor, director of the North Dakota Suicide Prevention program in the state health department. "The next highest state is Vermont, at 10 points less," she said. "It's deeply concerning."
The company that owns Hornbacher's grocery stores in Grand Forks has been sold, according to media reports. Minneapolis-based SuperValu is being purchased by United Natural Foods of Providence, R.I., in a deal worth $2.9 billion, including debt and liabilities. There will be no immediate change to how Hornbacher's operates following the sale of its parent company, SuperValu, a company spokesperson confirmed to the Forum News Service.
This weekend's reunion is special for the Class of '68 not only because it marks 50 years since they left high school, but because this group started out as classmates at Grand Forks Central and ended up graduating from two different schools. Members of this class at Red River High School were the first to graduate from that school, which opened in the fall of '67. Reminiscing and renewing friendships will be high on the agenda when they get together for their reunion in Grand Forks.
"Elvis" is performing Saturday in Northwood, N.D. Well, actually, it's Rick Senger, of Devils Lake, who'll be decked out in that high-collared, white, rhinestone-studded suit and sunglasses. Senger is presenting "A Tribute to Elvis" at 7 p.m. at the Northwood School Auditorium, as part of the community's annual Old Fashioned Saturday event. Tickets are $8 in advance, if purchased from members of the Northwood Women's Literary Club. At the door, tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for those 18 and younger.
This season's Frost Fire Summer Theatre production, "Route 66," is a high-energy, choreographed show that's nothing short of "pure entertainment," said David Paukert, one of the show's directors. The show, a nostalgic musical journey on the quirky old roadway that predated the nation's interstate highway system, combines the best elements of "Grease," "Pump Boys and Dinettes" and "Forever Plaid," Paukert said.
About 40 people marched, chanted and held signs in protest of Vice President Mike Pence’s record on civil rights Wednesday afternoon in Grand Forks. The demonstration began at the Alerus Center and continued north on 42nd Street to a grassy area, monitored by local police, just south of Hilton Garden Inn where some of the protesters spoke.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for a show by comedian Jim Breuer and a hologram performance in which the late Roy Orbison "appears" on stage this fall at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Special online-only sales run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday with an exclusive password from the Jade Presents app, according to a news release. The "Jim Breuer Live" performance, which begins at 8 p.m. Sept. 7, is intended for mature audiences. Breuer is known for his guest appearances on Saturday Night Live and Sirius XM's "The Howard Stern Show."
Mosquitoes may not seem especially bothersome right now, but this is no time to let your guard down against the insects that could carry the West Nile virus, said Todd Hanson, head of the mosquito control program of the Grand Forks Public Health Department. Hanson and his colleagues are taking "aggressive" action to counter what "we consider to be an elevated threat of West Nile virus," he said. "We are finding mosquitoes and birds that are positive for West Nile virus on a weekly basis," Hanson said. "That's why we're out spraying even with low trap counts.
The Grand Forks Jobs Development Authority has approved a $160,000 loan to the owner of a business to locate and buy equipment for manufacturing operations in the city's Industrial Park. The company, Krampade, owned by Eric Murphy of Grand Forks, received the loan from the Grand Forks Growth Fund. Founded in 2015, Krampade is an early-stage firm which produces sports drink products that prevent and relieve cramping.