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Businesses offer students insights on manufacturing careers

More than 220 seventh-graders from 12 area schools participated in Pembina-Walsh Manufacturing Day on Oct. 4.

Each student visited two manufacturing businesses, received a tour and heard young employees talk about their perspectives on the industry and the quality of their careers in manufacturing.

North Dakota businesses participating in the event included Enduraplas, in Neche; Food First, Walhalla; Marvin Windows and Doors and Morgan Printing, both in Grafton; Motor Coach Industries, Pembina; Safe-T-Pull/Kringstad Ironworks, Park River; and Woodside Industries, Cavalier.

Students gained insight on the complexities of the manufacturing process, especially technology-driven automation, said Kay Barker of St. Thomas Public School.

They also learned about on-the-job training opportunities.

The event further helped stamp out misconceptions about manufacturing facilities, said Dennis Borowicz, human resources officer with Marvin Windows and Doors.

Students could witness firsthand that Marvin Windows "provides a world-class work environment that is safe, clean and organized," he said.

Pembina and Walsh counties' job development authority groups worked with school administrators and North Valley Career and Technology Center to plan the event.

Manufacturing is one of the leading employers in both counties, officials said.

The Hallock, Minn., Fire Department has awarded $80,000 in scholarships over the next four years to students in Marshall, Kittson and Roseau counties, officials have announced.

The scholarships are part of the 2015 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant that was awarded to the Hallock Fire Department to recruit and retain volunteers in the fire service.

Student-recipients, sponsored by local fire departments, each received a $285 scholarship. The department and scholarship recipients are as follows. Argyle: Alec Deschene, Jordan Urbaniak, Logan Riopelle and Olivia Riopelle; Grygla: Megan Thompson and Erin Monson; Hallock: Alex Vagel, Austin Vagel, Matthew Bakken, Kennedy Klein, Nicole Schuler, Skyler Slusar, Jackson Soliah and Nicole Kraska; Karlstad: Michael Steien and Dariann Wikstrom; Lake Bronson: Spencer Billings, Summer Billings and Mackenzie Bergeron; Lancaster: Jackson Peterson; Middle River: Amanda Gram; Newfolden: Cade Moen and Ty Warne; Stephen: Jenna Grandstrand, Rachel Weberg, Kalen Szcepanski and Kaitlyn Sundby; Warren: Hunter Roller, Molly Roller, Joshua Berglund and Stephanie Jorgenson; and Warroad: Logan Bender and Zackary Erickson.

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community southwest of the Twin Cities has awarded $5,000 to Grand Forks Public Schools to purchase school supplies and gym uniforms, activity fee assistance and reduced-price bus tickets for Native American students.

Since opening its gaming operation in the 1990s, the sovereign Indian tribe has donated almost $300 million to regional organizations and causes.

More than 90 middle and high school students in Grand Forks Public Schools' Helping Hands youth volunteer program provided almost 4,000 hours of community service during the summer of 2017, the school system has reported.

The eight-week program offers students the opportunity to take part in service learning, which helps them build leadership, communication and empathy skills, said Sarah Shimek, character education and prevention coordinator for Grand Forks Public Schools.

Each summer, the Helping Hands program begins with instruction that focuses on character traits, attitudes and behaviors, volunteer opportunities, interest surveys and discovering authentic community needs.

Then students are assigned, as volunteers, to work in local agencies such as thrift stores, non-profit daycares, nursing home facilities, schools, homeless shelters and parks.

Over 16 years, Helping Hands youth volunteers have contributed more than 82,000 hours of community service to the greater Grand Forks area.