Local American Red Cross volunteers are working to help the victims of a Labor Day fire in Grand Forks.

According to a release from the American Red Cross, volunteers are working to connect 25 residents in six damaged apartments with comfort and essential items, such as food, clothing, shelter and medications.

2. Thief River Falls company seeks to reinvent how people disinfect their homes

For Amber Edwards, getting people to rethink which cleaning products they use in their homes in the age of COVID is one of her chief concerns.

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Edwards is the vice president of Sunset Environmental, a South Dakota-based company that says it has cleaning products 200 times stronger than bleach, which are not toxic to people or pets.

3. Construction on University Avenue means no parking for a short time

Crews will begin a construction project on a portion of University Avenue on Friday, Sept. 11.

A mill and overlay project will happen on the driving lanes of University Avenue from North 25th Street to Columbia Road. Traffic will be diverted to the parking parking lanes in both directions, and there will be no parking in that area until the project is finished.

4. Sacred Heart to start school Thursday, after two-day delay due to COVID-19

School will start Thursday, Sept. 10, at Sacred Heart School, two days later than originally planned, due to a teacher testing positive for COVID-19, said Carl Adophson, the school’s president.

The teacher, who has been quarantined for two weeks, is eligible to return to the classroom Friday, Sept. 11, Adolphson said, noting that, to maintain privacy, the identity and grade-level of the teacher will not be made public.

5. Grand Forks law enforcement, state officials report increase in opioid overdoses during pandemic

Reports of increased behavioral health issues, including substance use disorders, tend to increase during natural disasters. For North Dakotans struggling with addiction, social isolation during the pandemic can result in a lack of access to treatment and recovery services.