Though without its typical flair and excitement, UND officially welcomed its newest president on Monday, Oct. 5, with a stripped-down ceremony and small crowd.

“This entire ceremony reminds me that I am but one piece of the legacy of this university, one element of the future of this university,” UND President Andrew Armacost said during his inauguration ceremony. “And what a future it will be, with tremendous opportunities to impact the state, the nation and the world.”

2. 51 East Grand Forks students, staff in quarantine last week

Polk County is nearing the state's cutoff between school learning model recommendations. East Grand Forks schools currently use a partial hybrid model, but if they surpass an average of 20 positive cases per 10,000 tests over a 14-day period, the state will recommend the district transitions to a fully hybrid model.

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If the county does pass that threshold, it will not trigger an automatic transition to a more restrictive model -- that decision rests with the school board, as well as Polk County Public Health, which has told the district it does not recommend transitioning at this time.

3. Comfortable with traveling: 5 Questions for Bonnie Haley

For 5 Questions this week, the Herald speaks with Bonnie Haley, president of Bon Voyage Travel Leaders in Grand Forks, at 2100 S. Columbia Road.

4. The Cold War brings air power to ND

On Feb. 19, 1949 — the day of his final, tragic flight — Major Donald C. Jones was skimming over the snow-covered plains of North Dakota in an F-51. It was the iconic single-engine fighter plane that’s come to symbolize the early years of American air power, and it cut an impressive silhouette. Temperatures statewide hovered close to zero or below, and the icy wind flowing over the wings was surely tugging at his controls.

Jones was the commanding officer of the state’s Air National Guard, and he was leading during a time of crisis. That winter’s snow — in some regions, the worst in 60 years — hemmed in ranchers and buried their herds from Nevada to the northern plains, threatening the lives of hundreds of thousands of sheep and cattle.

5. UND law students to host Wild & Scenic Film Festival to promote environmental awareness, activism

A UND law student organization is bringing the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour online to Grand Forks. The Environmental Law Society is hosting the free online event, which begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 22.

The event showcases a collection of films from the annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, held in January in Nevada, Calif.