Wade Rupard is a reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. Rupard is a 2014 graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and is originally from Normal, Ill.
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With the East Grand Forks City Council set to pass its final 2017 city budget proposal later this month, city staff members are working to trim more expenses in an effort to increase the city's reserve funds. Council members directed city staff to find more cuts at the group's Nov. 22 meeting, which means staff members will have to further prioritize projects and other funding requests made by city departments.
Q. I think the new LED streetlights don't seem to illuminate the streets a well as the previous bulbs. I understand LED bulbs are more efficient, but I think it was a mistake to replace the old bulbs. Can the city shed some light on this subject? A. On city-installed streetlights, the city has been replacing 250-watt HPS lights with 168-watt LED lights, said Rick Hanson, city electrical manager. An HPS streetlight emits more lumens — a measurement of how much light you are getting from a bulb. More lumens means it's a brighter light.
As mayor of East Grand Forks for the past 20 years, Lynn Stauss has led the town through good times and bad. Many members of the community stopped by the Eagles Club on Thursday evening to thank Stauss for his more than two decades of service at an event sponsored by the Chamber of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. In addressing the more than 100 people in attendance, Stauss and other recalled how he helped lead East Grand Forks through the 1997 Flood and the city's rebirth since then.
The United Way of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks will begin focusing its efforts on reducing poverty in the community and allocating more grants toward its goal. Grand Forks currently has the highest poverty rate of the four largest cities in the state. The hope is to reverse that trend and make Grand Forks have the lowest poverty rate by 2030.
WARREN, Minn.—The Marshall County Fair Grandstand's seven-decade run as the centerpiece of the county's fair came to an end Wednesday morning as construction crews ripped apart the structure. The grandstand, which was built in 1939, needed significant structural repairs to make it through another fair season and safety was a concern with the issues the structure had. Two weeks ago, the Marshall County Fair Board unanimously voted to move forward with a new grandstand project and tear down the old structure at its Nov. 17 meeting.
Students starting coursework next fall at Northland Community and Technical College will have one more requirement for graduation. The school will begin requiring students to take part in a certain amount of hours of service learning, similar to community service. "We think this is a win for the students because they walk away with an experience that will serve them well as they move forward in life," said Dennis Bona, NCTC's president. "We believe the community will benefit because there's a lot of need out there that goes unmet."
An associate professor in the UND Department of Family and Community Medicine was honored with the American Music Therapy Association's Advocate of Music Therapy Award. Eric Johnson, an associate professor at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, was given the award at the association's annual conference in Sandusky, Ohio. The award is given to a person who is not a music therapist but who has contributed significantly to the profession, according to a news release.
It has been two months since two racially charged photos involving UND students were posted on social media, and the UND Diversity Advisory Council currently is looking at how to make the campus a more welcoming environment. The council has been tasked by UND President Mark Kennedy to provide a recommendation for improving the campus climate on issues of diversity and inclusion.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota University System is considering changing a policy to regulate the salary of tenured faculty who become administrators and then return to the faculty. The change, which was given a first policy reading at the board's meeting Wednesday in Bismarck, would revise the policy to require an administrator who returns to the faculty be placed at a salary proportional to that of a similarly ranked employee.
Members of the UND College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines hosted a training workshop this week for behavioral health professionals. The UND faculty wrapped up the training workshop Tuesday, which taught 28 behavioral health professionals from across North Dakota the skills needed to better identify and reduce substance abuse in their communities, according to a news release.