Journalist Joe Bowen reports that the East Grand Forks City Council members chuckled on Tuesday, Aug. 11, when Jason Stordahl, the city’s public works director, said a stretch of 20th Street Northwest between Fifth and Eighth avenues northwest “isn’t in the best condition.” Yet, the financial challenges posed with any fixes have left the council in a quandary.

Reporter Hannah Shirley talked with Tasha Rasmussen, an inmate at the Grand Forks County Correctional Center, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 7. On Friday morning, the other women who recently shared a unit with her tensely waited for their own test results -- which came in negative.

This week, journalist Pamela Knudson took a look at efforts made by North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler to begin a new state partnership with Minot State University that is expected to ease the shortage of special education teachers throughout the state.

Look for these stories and more online and in print throughout the weekend.

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