The city of Grand Forks issued a $2 million building permit to Aldi Inc., a national supermarket chain, for interior renovations for a building at 2771 32nd Ave. S. The Herald's Adam Kurtz reports that location previously housed a Hornbacher’s supermarket, which closed in 2018 after three years in operation. Prior to that it was a Super One grocery store.

Altru leaders look to future hospital, openness with community as system looks to turn the page

Along with the construction of a new Altru hospital, and patient outcome-improving efficiencies that executives say will come with it, is a deepened sense of commitment to the community, the Herald's Adam Kurtz reports. Altru officials spoke to the Herald’s editorial board on Tuesday, July 13, not only about construction and what new features will be incorporated into the new hospital, but what it means to create a community health system that offers a superlative standard of care – one that is transparent and accountable to the public.

Increasing in number, advanced practice providers fill critical role in rural health care

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An increasing number of health care professionals are joining the ranks of physician assistants and nurse practitioners in North Dakota and Minnesota. The Herald's Pamala Knudson reports that in North Dakota, to date, 890 physician assistant licenses have been issued, according to the state’s Board of Medicine. By the end of 2001, a total of 274 had been issued, and at the end of 2011, 472 were issued.

Fully vaccinated Americans may be able to enter Canada by mid-August

On Thursday, July 15, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said fully-vaccinated Americans could be allowed into the country for nonessential travel, beginning in mid-August. The Herald's Adam Kurtz reports that Trudeau, speaking with provincial and territorial leaders that day, said rising vaccination rates and improving public health conditions are behind the potential move.

Despite accidents, experts believe Grand Forks intersection is designed properly

Despite a string of crashes near the intersection of U.S. Highway 2 and Airport Road about 4 miles west of Grand Forks, a University of Minnesota traffic expert believes the small forest of signs, plastic drums, temporary stop lights and other safety measures set up there while crews resurface the highway is set up correctly. The Herald's Joe Bowen reports that the intersection nonetheless has a reputation for being unsafe, at least while it’s under construction, and a string of accidents -- one of which killed a man -- hasn’t dispelled that idea.

River Cinema recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic as Americans return to the movies

Now, with Americans returning to the movies and studios executives sticking their heads out of their shells to see if money can be made again, locally-owned movie theaters are slowly returning to form. The Herald's Jacob Holley reports that River Cinema, now 16 months from the original lockdown, is finally getting to bask in the success of summer movies after a year without them.

Red River Valley Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on its 2021 house after receiving $200,000 grant to pay for it

The Red River Valley Habitat for Humanity received a $200,000 grant from the Engelstad Foundation in June 2020 to fund the construction of its new home for 2021, which broke ground Tuesday on its five-month-long construction. The Herald's Jacob Holley reports that Habitat for Humanity's executive director says the organization had never received a grant from the Engelstad Foundation until last year.

At listening session, Altru talks about potential for expanding, unifying health care services in Devils Lake

Altru Health System is financially sound and is in a good position to purchase CHI St. Alexius Health if given the opportunity, Meghan Compton, Altru chief clinical operations officer, told about 50 people who attended a listening session in Devils Lake, the Herald's Ann Bailey reports.

Police still looking for Eric Reinbold, who has been missing since the death of his wife last week

Police are searching a broader area for Eric Reinbold, the 44-year-old Oklee, Minn., man who is the primary suspect in the murder of his wife, Lissette Reinbold. A Herald staff report noted that Sheriff Ray Kuznia told reporters on Friday afternoon that they are searching Red Lake County and Pennington County in northern Minnesota for Reinbold, who is 5-foot-7 and weighs about 175 pounds and, they believe, is still traveling on foot.

University of Minnesota Crookston video bloggers show what college life is like from 'A Bird's Eye View'

University of Minnesota Crookston seniors Bailey Mulcahy and Mercedes Coan have given flight to a recruitment video blog hatched to encourage high school students to attend college. The Herald's Ann Bailey reports that Mulcahy and Coan, who work as interns in University of Minnesota Crookston University Relations, each week video the two of them exploring life on and off campus, and then edit the videos and post them on YouTube.