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UMC hosts camp for entrepreneurs

The University of Minnesota-Crookston will host Entrepreneur Experience Camp for high school students interested in starting their own business June 17 to 21.

Students will learn about finance, credit, business contracts and marketing, a UMC news release said. The program is designed to foster creativity, innovation and teamwork.

Registration: $100, covers meals and accommodations.

To register: or contact Rachel Lundbohm, (218)281-8190.

Education summit touts partnerships

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation will highlight partnerships between schools and communities in a May 17 summit at UMC.

The event, "Beyond the Classroom: Creating a Culture of Learning in Communities," will feature national best practices that enhance education and student achievement and development, a foundation news release said.

Special pilot projects in the region's schools that are creating a culture of learning in communities will be the subject of break-out sessions.

The event begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration and breakfast and ends 4:30 p.m.

Speakers include: Linda Baer speaking about key challenges in the coming decade; Joyce Epstein, a nationally known school-community partnership expert, discussing research-based programs; Anton Treuer discussing American Indians and college graduation.

Registration: $75 before May 3, $100 before May 14. Those who register by May 3 will receive a free copy of Truer's "Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask."

More info: or (218)759-2057.

Hatton teacher heading to MSU

Fred Strand, a national award-winning math teacher, is finishing 32 years at Hatton (N.D.) Public School and heading to Mayville (N.D.) State University, where he will step in for Darryl Gulbranson, who's retiring in May.

Strand has reached the Rule of 85, his age and years of teaching equal 85, making him eligible for his full pension. He will be an assistant professor of math at MSU.

Strand was honored as North Dakota Education Association Teacher of the Year in 2006 and received the Presidential Award for Excellence for Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2009. He visited the Oval Office after each award.

A farewell open house is planned for sometime in May to honor him and others concluding their careers at the school, but the date is not yet confirmed. More info: (701) 543-3456.

Other news

- Grand Forks' Red River High School automotive students Zach Winkler, Brandon Anderson, Tanner Alberts and Dustin Stebleton and instructors Gary Mrazek and Paul Anderson will participate in the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition May 10 in West Fargo. At the event, students vie for scholarships and the chance to advance to the national finals for title "America's Next Top Auto Technicians."

- Students at Sacred Heart High School, East Grand Forks, have donated $2,672 to Feed My Starving Children, a nonprofit Christian group that sends meals formulated for malnourished children to nearly 70 countries.

- Alyssa DeMars, Cavalier, N.D., high school senior, has been selected by the North Dakota Jaycee Senate to receive the Lisa Burdolski Memorial Scholarship. She plans to attend Mayville (N.D.) State University.

- Area high school students competed in the 60th Annual State Class A Speech Tournament April 21 at Devils Lake High School. The first-to-third place winners were, by category: Christian Novak, Grand Forks Red River, first place for radio broadcasting; Joe Kalka and Ryan King, Grand Forks Central, second for humorous duo; Jace Riggin, Devils Lake, second for poetry, first for serious prose; Joe Kalka, second for speech to entertain.