Wade Rupard is a features 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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Nick West was concerned about what might happen to Grand Forks County roads if the Highway Trust Fund had not been extended. Though Congress passed a three-month extension to the fund just hours before Friday's midnight deadline, West, the Grand Forks County Highway Department engineer, was left to wonder what the county might do without federal funding. Of the Grand Forks County Highway Department budget of about $6 million, the federal government provides the county $425,000 in funding through the Highway Trust Fund, which was extended Thursday in order to give Congress more time to work o
I'm sort of afraid of what people think when they walk by my desk at work. My spot is prime real estate in the office. I'm situated just outside of the head editor's office, so anytime you have to talk to him, you walk by my eclectic desk. It's not for everyone, I know that. After all, my desk is closer to being a child's toy box than a professional work space. I have items including a talking Anger plush from the movie "Inside Out," a flamingo grabber, a Voodoo doll, a Minnie Mouse ornament, a Mr.
While almost all UND fine arts students have their shows on campus, Kathryn Fink had something else in mind for her exhibit. "I wanted to bring it to the people of Grand Forks in a place where everybody can see it," Fink said. "The Dress" will be Fink's first solo show and the first art exhibition on display at HB Sound and Light. The solo film and installation exhibit will center around one shared artifact — the dress. Eight dresses will be on display, with a video playing next to each piece of clothing featuring an interview with the owner.
Boating accidents and fatalities in Minnesota have remained steady over the last several years, most of which could have been prevented, one state official said. There have already been 40 boating accidents and six deaths this year in the state, according to Debbie Mundon Badini, the boat and safety education coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
The state's attorneys in Grand Forks, Pembina and Walsh counties have collectively decided to not pursue charges against the semi truck driver suspected of igniting grass fires that shut down part of Interstate 29 in April. The driver of the truck, 31-year-old Mehmet Demir of Miami Beach, Fla., and the trucking company Coast to Coast Trucking Inc., will not face criminal charges in the three counties affected by the fire, the State's Attorney's office said. Walsh County State's Attorney Barbara Whelan said Demir could have have faced potential charges of endangerment by fire, failure to cont
There are all sorts of quirky comedies on television, but IFC's "Portlandia" may be one of the quirkiest and funniest shows out there. Starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, "Portlandia" is a sketch comedy show set in Portland, Ore. Because the 30-minute show is mainly told through short sketches, it's hard to pin down at times what the show is actually about. Most of the storylines, however, take aim at hipster culture and a satirized, bohemian version of the city of Portland.
Now in its 28th year, the Summer Performing Arts program has performed just about every well-known musical out there. But this year, SPA is bringing a new production to the stage. For the first time, "Once on This Island" will be one of the musicals performed. It will be put on by students entering 11th and 12th grades.
Since becoming the executive director of the Grand Forks International Airport in 2009, Patrick Dame can only remember one summer when there wasn’t major construction going on at the facility...
A Grand Forks man accused of attempted murder pleaded not guilty Friday in Grand Forks District Court. Mohamed Aweis Mohamed, 31, speaking through an interpreter at Friday's proceedings, waived his right to a preliminary hearing at his arraignment. He is charged with three felonies: attempted murder, reckless endangerment and terrorizing. The charges stem from a May 28 incident, when Mohamed allegedly fired a handgun in an apartment during an altercation with another man. According to affidavit of probable cause filed with the court, officers were dispatched around 11:30 p.m.
Now in its 31st season of entertainment, the Frost Fire Summer Theatre continues to try to put on a crowd-pleasing show, producer and co-owner Richard Johnson said. "We always try to find shows that appeal to a wide range of people," Johnson said. "And I think we really succeeded with that this year." Since its opening two weeks ago, the theater's production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" has seen large crowds fill the 415-seat auditorium. The show centers on the Old Testament tale of Joseph, who is his father's favorite son and blessed with prophetic dreams.