Jonathan Holth is happy to talk about the rules for masks at Urban Stampede, a downtown Grand Forks coffee shop. There’s a stack of disposables ready to go, for customers to wear when they’re not in the well-spaced seating. There’s been no real trouble, besides a little grumbling, and it’s helped keep everyone safer.

But when it comes to how other businesses should do things — or whether City Hall should make stronger mask rules — Holth politely declines to comment. It’s not for him to say.

2. UND president asks students take 'moral responsibility' to keep others safe

As UND sees an uptick in coronavirus cases, UND President Andrew Armacost is asking students to take “moral responsibility” to keep others safe when off campus by wearing masks and practicing social distancing.

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He urged students to wear masks off campus, even if there is no city mandate requiring them to do so.

3. Unique hockey-themed rental home in Roosevelt, Minn., growing in popularity

Hank’s Place near Roosevelt is scoring with lodgers as the rental home's hockey theme draws guests from across the United States.

The renovated former summer home of Warroad native and retired Washington Capitals defenseman Alan Hangsleben features hockey memorabilia of NHL players in every room. Autographed photographs, bobbleheads and framed jerseys decorate the log three-level A-frame, and guests receive welcome baskets with bottles of white and red wines featuring a label with a photo of Hangsleben, widely known by the nickname "Hank."

4. Nearly 23% of elementary students opt to return to in-person instruction, school survey reveals

Results of a parent survey by the Grand Forks school district shows that 132 elementary school students, who have been learning remotely, plan to return to face-to-face, in-person learning when the next trimester begins Nov. 23.

A total of 584 elementary school students have been in distance learning since the beginning of the school year, said Jody Thompson, associate superintendent of elementary education.

5. Grand Forks-based SkySkopes recognized as top drone service provider in the country

Grand Forks-based SkySkopes has been named the top drone service provider in the country by market analyst, Drone Industry Insights.

The announcement was made in mid-October by online magazine Drone Biz. SkySkopes was recognized out of 750 global drone companies for its size, growth, industry development and market share. SkySkopes continues to add satellite branches across the country as it focuses on its core missions of utility line inspection and data collection for the gas and oil industry, while looking to future missions including forest fire monitoring and suppression.

6. Student journalists make adjustments during pandemic

Student journalists play an important role on college campuses; they cover student events, student government and sports, and in a unique, intimate way. But the first semester of the 2020-21 school year has brought new challenges as they navigate emerging digital journalism trends and how to best reach students in a COVID-19 environment.

Mason Dunleavy is a senior marketing and communications student at UND and serves as the editor in chief at the Dakota Student. The paper, which has been around since 1888, went online only this year, Dunleavy said.

7. Learning models stand fast in East Grand Forks as COVID case numbers rise

Polk County has surpassed criteria set by the Minnesota Department of Health to transition elementary school students to a hybrid learning model, and all middle and high school students to full distance learning.

That's the fourth tier of the state's five-tiered recommendation for district learning models, but in the East Grand Forks Public School District, there remain no plans to transition away from the second tier, in which all elementary school students attend full in-person classes, and middle and high school students attend in-person classes and distance learning classes on alternating days.

8. Alerus events, postponed due to COVID, rescheduled for next year

Performances by Bryce Vine and Brantley Gilbert, which had been scheduled in 2020 at the Alerus Center, have been rescheduled for 2021, according to Emily Hanson, director of marketing.

The Bryce Vine concert, sponsored by UND Student Government, is set for May 1. The event is open to the public.

9. UND Law students hold virtual film festival

University of North Dakota law students showed off their creative side Thursday, Oct. 22, in a special film festival.

The Environmental Law Society brought the Wild and Scenic Film Festival to Grand Forks. WDAY sponsored the event.

10. Glad you asked: What happened to all of the Valley Dairy gas stations in town? Did ownership change?

What happened to all of the Valley Dairy gas stations in town? Are they now Marathon gas stations? Did ownership change?

Valley Dairy is still owned by Farmers Union Oil Company of Moorhead, Minn., which also does business as Petro Serve USA. Under the Petro Serve name, the company operates 21 gas stations in North Dakota and Minnesota, with most of those locations concentrated in the Fargo/Moorhead area, though the company has locations in other cities, including Valley City and Mandan.