GF News Forward: Localized COVID-19 gauge to remain as data, potato farmers see success, Acme Tools expands

Herald reporters cover events on Saturday, Sept. 19.

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Journalist Joe Bowen reports on a decision by the Grand Forks City Council to shelve indefinitely a plan to attach recommendations to the Grand Forks Health Officer’s Dashboard, which uses county-level data and a self-assessment from Altru Health System to gauge the risk posed by the virus on a given day.

Reporter Ann Bailey visited Samantha and Thomas Shephard in Crystal. At one point, they stood side by side, their gloved hands pitching dirt clumps out of the potato-covered conveyor belt that was moving their crop from a truck into a Crystal Chippers warehouse.

The couple’s outdoor “office," bordered on three sides by farm fields, is an ideal place to work, they say, and the two talk and laugh as they picked dirt clumps, pieces of vine and an occasional sun-scalded potato from the conveyor. Then they shared the successes of this year's harvest.

Business reporter Adam Kurtz checks in on Acme Tools, which has completed work on an addition to its distribution center that doubled its footprint and is looking to hire new employees to accommodate its continued growth.

Construction on the 40,000-square-foot addition to the Acme Tools e-commerce distribution center wrapped up in mid-September. The new space means the company can add thousands of products to its online sales platform, which it projects to grow by more than 20% each year for the next five years, according to a business financing application it submitted to the city in May 2019.


Look for these stories and more online and in print throughout the weekend.

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