Tyler Kleven scored his first-career goal in a memorable way Sunday afternoon.

Kleven hauled in a pass in the neutral zone, entered the offensive zone with speed, pulled the puck back on a toe drag, turned around Western Michigan's top defenseman Ronnie Attard and ripped a wrist shot into the corner of the net.

UND went on to beat Western Michigan 8-2 to move to 3-0 on the season.

2. New home décor shop opens in North Grand Forks

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Keera Sullivan once worked to help supply other home decor shops in Grand Forks, but now she is doing it for herself, with help from other area women.

On Dec. 3, Sullivan opened Flippin’ Happy Home Decor and More, 418 N. Washington St. There she sells repurposed furniture -- "flipped" to add new life and value -- along with other handmade goods and crafts, and she said she hopes to bring some happiness to peoples’ homes.

3. Burgum's infrastructure proposal gives hope to fixing roads and bridges, as well as Grand Forks projects

Gov. Doug Burgum’s Thursday’s budget speech, proposing an ambitious $1.25 billion state bonding package to fund infrastructure projects, puts a little bit more possibility behind Grand Forks’ wish list of big local projects.

Besides kicking more money through North Dakota’s lagging, COVID-era economy, Bismarck’s big talk on infrastructure is making local leaders hopeful that at least one of those plans — perhaps including projects like an underpass at the intersection of 42nd Street and DeMers Avenue — could soon win state funding.

4. UND researchers trace origins of meteorites

UND researchers have been able to trace the origins of about 40% of the meteorites that fall to Earth.

The meteorites likely arose from a “cosmic crime scene” that took place in the distant past, in which an asteroid called “(6) Hebe” collided catastrophically with another asteroid, according to a new paper written by UND's Sherry Fieber-Beyer and Mike Gaffey.

5. East Grand Forks City Council masks up after questions, legal review

Something was different at East Grand Forks City Hall earlier this week.

City Council members and other city leaders who, almost universally, had stopped wearing COVID-19 masks at their meetings were all sporting one on Tuesday. That’s because, after messages from at least one East Grand Forks resident and a coinciding Herald article, a pair of legal advisers indicated council members were required to do so.

“We really felt like we were doing it right or within the parameters set forth,” Mayor Steve Gander said.

6. Grand Forks floral designer recalls ‘incredible experience’ helping decorate White House for Christmas season

Sadie Gardner seems to be reaching for the right words as she describes her recent experience as a volunteer helping to decorate the White House for Christmas – incredible, amazing, unbelievable and magical.

Gardner, a Grand Forks businesswoman and floral designer, spent several days last week adorning the White House interior for the holidays, including rooms that are seldom, if ever, open to the general public.

“There are certain opportunities you would never pass up,” she said. “And being a part of decorating the White House is something I would never pass up, regardless of who’s in the administration. It’s an incredible experience, for sure.”

7. New downtown Grand Forks restaurant to be named after chef's hard-working immigrant mother

If everything goes to plan, Tenagne Fita will find out her son is naming his restaurant after her when she reads this article.

Said Mohamed, one of four children with whom Fita moved to Grand Forks from Ethiopia in the early 2000s, plans to call his planned breakfast and lunch joint “Tenu,” a nickname, when it opens this spring in downtown Grand Forks. She knows about the restaurant, Mohamed said, but not the name.

“This will be the reveal,” he told the Herald.

8. Facilities Task Force to recommend $90 million referendum, school consolidation to Grand Forks School Board

The Grand Forks School District’s Facilities Task Force plans to recommend that the School Board consider a $90 million bond referendum in June and the closure or consolidation of several schools over the next five to 15 years.

The task force held its final meeting via Zoom the evening of Thursday, Dec. 3, after eight months of work that included 23 meetings and on-site visits to about a dozen schools.

9. Xcel Energy's principal North Dakota manager Mark Nisbet to retire

Mark Nisbet, Xcel Energy’s principal manager for North Dakota, will retire on Jan. 15, after spending nearly 40 years with the company. Xcel has hired Tony Grindberg to take over the position.

Nisbet began working at the company in 1981, building and upgrading substations in the Red River Valley. His career took him to Grand Forks, where he was promoted to Customer Business Officer. His other roles included serving as the North Dakota leader for Customer Operations, Statewide Training Coordinator, and Minot General Manager. He was ultimately promoted to Principal Manager for North Dakota, where he worked for 18 years.

10. North Dakota deer hunting success of nearly 69% among highlights from virtual Game and Fish Department fall advisory board meeting

In a normal year, the Game and Fish Department’s fall advisory board meeting for northeast North Dakota would be held in a small town such as Fordville or Pekin, N.D. The main drag would be lined with pickup trucks, and the local sportsmen’s club would put out a spread of goodies that most likely would include homemade chili as the main course.

This isn’t a normal year, though, and the Game and Fish Department held its fall meetings virtually this week because of the COVID-19 pandemic.