When Lacey Lupien got a letter in early July from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, she thought it was junk mail at first glance.

“I actually was going to throw it away,” she said. “I just happened to catch the window that said something about elk hunts so I thought, maybe I should open this.

“And sure enough.”

2. Acme Tools completes new addition, set to hire

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Acme Tools has completed work on an addition to its distribution center that doubled its footprint and is looking to hire new employees to accommodate its continued growth.

Construction on the 40,000-square-foot addition to the Acme Tools e-commerce distribution center wrapped up in mid-September, and it is now up and running. The new space means the company can add thousands of products to its online sales platform, which it projects to grow by more than 20% each year for the next five years, according to a business financing application it submitted to the city in May 2019.

3. North Dakota high school kicker boots record 58-yard field goal (video included)

A North Dakota prep football record was shattered Friday night.

Fargo Shanley senior kicker Emmet Kenney booted a 58-yard field goal in the fourth quarter of a game against West Fargo Sheyenne at Essentia Health Mustang Stadium.

Kenney's kick easily had enough distance to clear the crossbar and even had a few yards to spare.

4. Trump delivers sprawling speech to thousands at Bemidji rally

President Donald Trump spoke before a sea of thousands of red-hatted supporters gathered at Bemidji Aviation Services Friday evening, Sept. 18, coinciding with Joe Biden’s Duluth visit and the start of early voting for the North Star State.

Trump took the stage just after 6 p.m. after deplaning to fanfare and cheers of “four more years.”

5. Grand Forks shelves plan to attach public health plans to local COVID gauge

Grand Forks’ local coronavirus risk measurement tool spits out a number and a risk assessment, but it doesn’t indicate what people should do with that information.

On Monday, amid a weekslong downturn in countywide COVID figures, Grand Forks City Council members voted to shelve indefinitely a plan to attach recommendations to the Grand Forks Health Officer’s Dashboard, which uses county-level data and a self-assessment from Altru Health System to gauge the risk posed by the virus on a given day.

6. Grand Forks Rep. Eidson resigns, citing post-military mental health struggle

State Rep. Matt Eidson, D-Grand Forks, has submitted a letter of resignation effective Sept. 30 to leave the Legislature, citing mental health issues — post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression — following eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps.

In a video posted to social media Thursday evening, Eidson described mental health struggles after he left the Marine Corps in 2015. He had previously served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Japan and South Korea before he was discharged at the rank of sergeant.

7. Crystal Chippers' 2020 potato harvest rolls along

On a hazy, cool mid-September morning, Samantha and Thomas Shephard stand side by side, their gloved hands pitching dirt clumps out of the potato-covered conveyor belt that is moving their crop from a truck into a Crystal Chippers warehouse.

At 10:30 a.m., the husband and wife team already have been on the job for four hours and still have another eight or nine to go. But they don't complain about the tedious work involved in getting their perishable crop into the warehouse in the best possible condition.

8. Third annual North Dakota LGBTQ+ Summit to be held online Oct. 2-4

The third annual LGBTQ+ Summit will be held virtually Friday through Sunday, Oct. 2-4.

The statewide educational summit on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer issues aims to promote unity between all LGBTQ+ organizations and individuals in North Dakota who are interested in advocacy and action, according to a release from ND LGBTQ+ Summit organizers.

9. Altru's gala moves online with auction, digital content

The 16th annual Altru Gala has been moved online in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The gala, held in previous years at the Alerus Center, will focus around a week-long online auction with videos becoming available throughout the week. Funds raised will benefit Altru Health System’s Clinical Research department.

10. Jade Hastings captures season finale sprint feature at River Cities Speedway

The win wasn’t the biggest for Jade Hastings. But it’s one that will help him through the offseason.

Hastings grabbed the lead on Lap 3 from Wade Nygaard and dominated the rest of the way in winning Friday night’s sprint feature at River Cities Speedway as the 2020 season came to a close at The Bullring.

It was Hastings’ sixth win of the season, his fourth at RCS.