El Roco, or “The Rock” stood the test of time, and weathered blizzards, fires and floods, but after decades of late nights and chasing nightclub trends, owners Pat, Paul and Tom Endres are ready to move on. The sale of both the bar and bottleshop, which will remain open, will likely happen in March, after having quietly been on the market for about the past five years. The brothers will have a “Last Call” party on Saturday, Jan. 30, to mark the occasion, and they are glad to be going out on their own terms. Business reporter Adam Kurtz talked with the brothers about their time as bar owners, about the friendly spirit of a former manager and recalls some other bars in Grand Forks that are no longer open.

Grand Forks Public Schools opened the Mentor Center this week for any student who needs tutoring help or just the chance to hang out with other students in a safe environment. Journalist Pamela Knudson reports that school officials hope, especially, that full-time distance-learning students, who are craving interaction with teachers and other students, will use the UND-donated space, which will be open and staffed Mondays through Saturdays through June.

Reporter Hannah Shirley looks into a request by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., for the FBI to use the Northern Plains UAS Testing Site as an anti-UAS training program for law enforcement.

Read these stories and more online and in print on Thursday and Friday.

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