GF News Forward: Butcher shops provide the beef, class configurations for fall, lonely senior

Herald reporters offer stories for the weekend.

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Journalist Adam Kurtz will be reporting on the boost locally owned butcher shops in the region are getting as a result of some meat shortages. Those business owners hope new customers remember them when the pandemic passes.

In Langdon, N.D., customers have been flocking to Tyler Bodnar’s butcher shop, Langdon Locker. Bodnar’s crew of eight have been working overtime to meet the demand.

“(The pandemic) is something that gets a lot of people to recognize and want to come back to them and value what they are doing," Bodnar said.

Reporter Pamela Knudson will be writing about three options that school administrators are considering when class resumes in the fall in Grand Forks.

Administrators are looking at the possibility of “business as usual,” but with students and teachers wearing face masks and teachers also wearing face shields, according to Superintendent Terry Brenner.


Another option would involve students attending school in shifts, for example, a group coming into buildings in the morning and the second group coming in the afternoon, with the remainder of the day filled out with distance learning.

A third plan would constitute a “very soft opening (whereby) students with significant learning challenges would come back to the buildings in small groups,” Brenner said.

Also this weekend, look for reporter Hannah Shirley's story on 85-year-old Duane Kargel, who spends his days isolated in his room at Tufte Manor in Grand Forks, writing letters to pen pals, reading books and caring for his ficus tree, Willy.

Look for these stories and more in print and online on Saturday and Sunday.

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