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GF News Forward: Crookston sponsors Third Week in August event, committee commits to diversity, wounded officer contributes to community

Reporters cover events on Tuesday, Aug. 18.

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Features reporter Pamela Knudson reports on Crookston Ox Cart Days, which is being presented slightly differently this year during what organizers are calling the Third Week in August event, with numerous social distance-friendly activities. The 2020 Miss Crookston Scholarship Pageant winner will be crowned Friday, Aug. 21, in a private ceremony, open only to family members to maintain social distance, at Crookston High School.

Next, Knudson talks with Bella Hettich, a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Committee, which was assembled this summer by the Grand Forks superintendent, in the aftermath of an offensive social media post that indicated to many educators more work needs to be done in this area. Bella is the mother of a boy who’s heading into fifth grade at Phoenix Elementary this fall. She also has two older sons, who are graduates of Grand Forks Central High School.

Crime and courts journalist Hannah Shirley reports on Lucas Campoverde, the officer who was shot in Grafton Friday. He was hired by the department in 2019. Shortly after moving to Grafton, he helped found the E-sports team at Grafton High School and led it to its first tournament in February.

Look for these stories and more online and in print on Tuesday and Wednesday.


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