It’s a promising time for North Dakota’s aviation industry, with the number of airplane transactions — purchases, trade-ins and the like — absolutely soaring. Aviators say it’s no surprise. The Grand Forks Herald's Sam Easter reports that, a decade after the beginning of the oil boom, North Dakota has seen investments in airports all across the state, plus perennially strong flight training programs like those at UND. Now all of those investments in the industry are taking off.

Northrop Grumman high school program builds flight path to the future for Red River grad

Northrop Grumman, a global aerospace and defense company, held a ceremony celebrating five students who participated in its High School Involvement Partnership Program, now in its second year. The Herald's Adam Kurtz reports that the company offers the program throughout the school year, to help generate an interest in students for engineering. Wednesday’s ceremony saw them fly a drone they built from 3D printed parts.

Above board or 'pay to play'? Firm that guides North Dakota's $19.4B portfolio comes under fire

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Questions have been raised about potential conflicts of interest involving a key financial adviser that recommends fund managers for the state of North Dakota’s $19.4 billion investment portfolio. The Forum's Patrick Springer reports that the firm called Callan, whose advisory role has been described as a “manager of managers,” has received payments from 12 of the 14 companies that manage the investments for the $8.7 billion Legacy Fund, the state's oil tax savings account, according to a Forum News Service analysis of public records.

Charlie Vein reflects on his career, impact of regional engineering firm he co-founded

From a small one-room office in the basement of the old depot in downtown Grand Forks, the AE2S engineering firm has grown far beyond what Charlie Vein could have imagined about 30 years ago. The Herald's Pamela Knudson reports that Vein, who recently announced his retirement, has dedicated much of his 45-year engineering career to improving drinking water quantity and quality for residents of the upper Midwest, including after the historic flood of 1997.

Grand Forks fifth-grader Jaylee Weisser named North Dakota School Safety Patroller of Year

Jaylee Weisser, a fifth-grader at Viking Elementary School in Grand Forks, has been selected as the 2020-21 North Dakota AAA School Safety Patroller of the Year. The Herald's Pamela Knudson reports that the Patroller of the Year award recognizes safety patrollers who best exemplify leadership qualities and perform their duties effectively and responsibly without incident. The patrollers control pedestrian and vehicular traffic near schools to make sure students safely cross streets.

Devils Lake High School graduates three sets of twins, one set of triplets

Three sets of twins and a set of triplets make up nearly 10% of the Devils Lake High School senior class that graduated on Sunday, May 30. Three are girls and six are boys, and all nine have spring birthdays. The Herald's Ann Bailey reports that most of the multiples in the senior class were in the same classroom for their elementary years.

Grand Cities residents get a lesson in African drums and dancing

Members of the Titambe West African Drum and Dance Ensemble and the Grand Forks-based African Arts Arena led a few dozen Grand Cities residents through the basics of different styles of African drumming and dancing on Saturday.

Creating beauty with a chainsaw is a way of life for Joe Wavra of Klondike Carvings in Red Lake Falls

Bears, wind spirits, eagles, trappers, wolves, farmers, tiki statues, Vikings, cardinals – you name it – and Wavra probably has carved it. In the process, the Red Lake Falls chainsaw artist has carved out a career with his business, Klondike Carvings Custom Artwork and Gifts. The Herald's Brad Dokken reports that Wavra’s shop and gallery is on the south edge of Red Lake Falls, a community of some 1,425 people about 45 miles east of Grand Forks.

New law spurs oil firms to pay old royalties to North Dakota, but disputes remain

A bill recently passed by North Dakota lawmakers has generated some movement on a drawn-out quarrel between the state and oil companies over old royalty payments, but the issue remains tangled in complex financial and legal disagreements. Forum correspondent Jeremy Turley reports that companies agree to pay oil and natural gas royalties and any late fees to the state for the right to extract publicly owned minerals, but the industry-backed legislation approved earlier this year lowers the maximum annual interest and penalties applied to overdue royalty payments from 30% to 15%.

North Dakota could eradicate cervical cancer thanks to high HPV vaccination rates, health department says

More than 88% of North Dakota adolescents 13 to 17 received at least one dose of the HPV vaccine in 2019, and because many North Dakotans are opting for the shot, the state could very well be on its way toward eradicating cervical cancer among its residents. Forum correspondent Michelle Griffith reports that if North Dakota, which had the second-highest rate of HPV vaccinations in the U.S. in 2019, continues to promote the HPV vaccine and regular cancer screenings, it could one day eradicate cervical cancer in the state, said State Immunization Manager Molly Howell.