This week began with the Minnesota State High School League reversing course and deciding to play prep football and volleyball seasons this fall instead of the spring as previously planned.

It ended, on the other side of the Red River, with schools in northeast North Dakota facing their first major wave of cancellations and quarantines since high school sports started this fall.


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2. Charlene Berg to be honored for 50-year career as organist at East Grand Forks church

As a child growing up in Bottineau, N.D., Charlene Berg would fiddle with the radio in her family’s home.

“It was a standing one, (with) little buttons to continually touch and push,” she said. And she did.

“That’s how my parents figured out I needed a piano.”


Darin Heller of Afton, Minn., and Bee Bee, his "best friend and hunting buddy," during a 2019 pheasant hunting trip to South Dakota. (Photo courtesy of Darin Heller)
Darin Heller of Afton, Minn., and Bee Bee, his "best friend and hunting buddy," during a 2019 pheasant hunting trip to South Dakota. (Photo courtesy of Darin Heller)

3. Close call with rat poison has happy ending for Bee Bee the black Lab and her owner

This is a cautionary tale, of sorts, a story with a happy ending that almost wasn’t.

With hunting seasons hitting full swing, it’s a good reminder for dog owners to keep an eye on their canine companions in the field or around the hunting shack.

Or anywhere else where they might get into something they shouldn’t.


At the North Dakota Museum of Art, some images in the "Art in Isolation" exhibition reveal people's creative responses to the effect of the pandemic on their lives. Submitted photo by Matthew Anderson
At the North Dakota Museum of Art, some images in the "Art in Isolation" exhibition reveal people's creative responses to the effect of the pandemic on their lives. Submitted photo by Matthew Anderson

4. North Dakota Museum of Art reopens Tuesday with launch of 'Art in Isolation' exhibition

The North Dakota Museum of Art is reopening Tuesday, Sept. 29, with the launch of a new exhibition, “Art in Isolation,” developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The exhibition consists of assemblages of images submitted by artists and others in 35 countries around the world, including Portugal and Russia, as well as area communities, said Matthew Anderson, the museum’s director of education.


Though this year's season has passed, Gerry Joyce said he will enjoy working with flowers in his second retirement. (Adam Kurtz/Grand Forks Herald)
Though this year's season has passed, Gerry Joyce said he will enjoy working with flowers in his second retirement. (Adam Kurtz/Grand Forks Herald)

5. Grand Forks business group mentor Gerry Joyce to retire – for the second time

Gerald Joyce retired from J.C. Penney in 1984, and now, 36 years later, he is getting ready to do it again.

Joyce – his full name is F. Gerald Joyce, but he goes by Gerry – is getting ready to retire from the Grand Forks chapter of the Senior Core of Retired Executives (SCORE), the volunteer business counseling and mentoring group that assists fledgling business owners with getting their ideas off the ground. Joyce, now 96, has for decades volunteered in communities where he lived. He credits his commitment to community service to something his mother told him when he was a child.


The Power Plate Meals staff shows off their BNG masks. Special to Forum News Service
The Power Plate Meals staff shows off their BNG masks. Special to Forum News Service

6. As virus rages, North Dakota rolling out $1.8M campaign to urge mask wearing

Doctors recommend them. Public health officials urge people to use them. Science shows they work. But some people nonetheless just don’t want to wear a mask.

Now, more than six months into the coronavirus pandemic with per-capita infection rates leading the nation, North Dakota is ready to put some money behind the message that wearing masks is an important step people should take to curb the spread of the virus.


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Paul Mariani

7. North Dakota state health officer resigns after state rescinds quarantine order

North Dakota interim State Health Officer Dr. Paul Mariani has resigned after less than a month on the job. He's the third person to step down from the position during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The announcement of Mariani's departure on Friday evening, Sept. 25, comes a day after the state rescinded an order requiring close contacts of known COVID-19 cases to quarantine.


Jude Olson's mother, Jill Olson, is comforted by friend of the family Stacy Stuhaug during a memorial on Friday, Sept. 25. The memorial coincided with what would have been Jude Olson's birthday. Matt Henson / WDAY
Jude Olson's mother, Jill Olson, is comforted by friend of the family Stacy Stuhaug during a memorial on Friday, Sept. 25. The memorial coincided with what would have been Jude Olson's birthday. Matt Henson / WDAY

8. Fertile-Beltrami community celebrates birthday of teen who died in ATV accident

More than 100 people of all ages took Fertile-Beltrami High School's football field Friday, Sept. 25, for the 17th birthday celebration for Jude Olson. While the birthday boy was not there in person, the large turnout showed he was there in spirit.

"Thanks is not enough, but that's all I got right now is a big thank you," said Jude Olson's mother, Jill Olson.


Altru Hospital on Jan. 7, 2019. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
Altru Hospital on Jan. 7, 2019. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

9. Glad You Asked: Is anything happening with Altru's construction?

The Herald first reported in April that the Grand Forks hospital's construction project has been put on hold. As the coronavirus pandemic gripped the region, Altru Health System said it needed to prioritize its resources.

Since then, the $300 million project has been in flux. As the reader notes, the bare steel frame of the new facility is easily seen rising above nearby Columbia Road.


Ray Lee, owner of Thunder Ray's Auto Repair, stands by his 1969 Camaro. Adam Kurtz / Grand Forks Herald
Ray Lee, owner of Thunder Ray's Auto Repair, stands by his 1969 Camaro. Adam Kurtz / Grand Forks Herald

10. New Grand Forks auto shop a lifelong dream for owner Ray Lee

A new auto repair shop has opened in North Grand Forks, and for owner Ray Lee, it’s been a long time coming.

Lee, a long-time parts and service manager for dealerships around town, opened his business, Thunder Ray’s Auto Repair, on Sept. 1, at 2315 N. Washington St.