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'Main Street Grand Forks Challenge' announced by UND, nonprofit

The water wheel sculpture at the corner of Third Street and DeMers Avenue in downtown Grand Forks. (Herald photo/Sam Easter)

Grand Forks students can win up to $5,000 — plus other aid — to support community-boosting work through a new opportunity announced this week.

Dubbed the "Main Street Grand Forks Challenge," the contest was announced by Evolve Grand Forks and UND, and offered cash and support — like campus housing, UND scholarships and a membership at a downtown Grand Forks coworking space — for students who pursue projects that "address social issues and spur civic engagement at a grassroots level," per the announcement.

The projects can be wide-ranging, but fall into the broader themes within the "Main Street Initiative" program launched by Gov. Doug Burgum, which focuses on more vibrant communities, a more modern workforce and "smart," modern infrastructure.

"Of particular interest are projects that would connect UND to downtown Grand Forks or focus on addiction and recovery," the announcement states.

Winners receive a "civic mentor" to help execute the project. Applications are open to UND and local high school students through May 11 at, with projects starting as soon as this spring.

Sam Easter

Sam Easter is a City Government reporter for the Grand Forks Herald. You can reach him with story tips, comments and ideas at 701-330-3441.

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