A state grant program designed to boost consumer confidence and help businesses mitigate the spread of COVID-19 is expected to begin by July 31.

The Economic Resiliency Grant program will provide qualified North Dakota businesses with as much as $50,000 to make improvements and cover costs that help get customers back into the marketplace.

2. New display to highlight first Devils Lake Aquanauts' reunion Saturday at Lake Region Heritage Center

A new display showcasing the history of the Devils Lake Aquanauts will be unveiled Saturday, July 11, at the Lake Region Heritage Center in Devils Lake.

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The display is being presented in conjunction with the first reunion of the Aquanauts, once hailed as “the Midwest’s hottest water ski show,” according to Steve “Zippy” Dahl, a Heritage Center Board member who organized the event.

3. Grand Forks' economy: From retail to manufacturing

Data on Grand Forks’ economy shows what most local residents probably already knew: that the region, along with the rest of the country, is going through a seismic shift. Traditional retail — storefronts, downtown shops and the like — are crumbling in the internet age, a decline hastened by the coronavirus pandemic.

4. UND summer hockey: Collin Adams stars with pair of goals

During his first two seasons, Collin Adams showed subtle signs that he had elite offensive abilities.

It never consistently transferred to games, though. He had five goals, eight points as a freshman and just two goals, seven points as a sophomore.

That all changed last season.

5. New Grand Forks youth center, The Penny House, to hold open house on Saturday

Grand Forks is set to get a new youth recreation space, one with the goal of helping teenagers improve themselves.

In preparation for a grand opening the following week, The Penny House will hold an open house event 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 11. The mission of The Penny House, located in Columbia Mall, is to inspire confidence and leadership in teenagers by providing a space for them to hang out, play games and relax together.