GF News Forward: Sisters go whole hog, Juneteenth gets celebrated, farmers market launches season

Herald reporters cover events on Friday, June 19.

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Regional reporter Ann Bailey talks to Alexis and Elizabeth Nice, who have gone whole hog with their summer job. During the past few years, the sisters have nearly tripled the number of Blue Butt swine they raise and sell in the fall to customers who want to buy farm-fresh pork. Alexis, 19, and Elizabeth, 16, this summer are feeding 70 gilts and sows on the farm a few miles east of Ardoch, where they live with their parents and two younger sisters.

Look for coverage by reporter Joe Bowen on Saturday of a Juneteenth celebration in Grand Forks.

The celebration in Grand Forks is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 20, at the Greenway entrance off Second Avenue North in downtown Grand Forks. That will be three days after Gov. Doug Burgum declared June 19 of this year -- the anniversary itself -- Juneteenth Celebration Day statewide.

The city- and state-wide recognition both come about three weeks after the death of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis who was killed by a white police officer late last month, sparking widespread demonstrations and rekindling an effort to reform America’s police forces and reconsider its treatment of black citizens .

“We think now is the moment to do it,” said Hamzat Koriko, another one of the Grand Forks celebration’s organizers who also spoke passionately at a downtown demonstration after Floyd’s death .


Finally, check out coverage of Grand Forks' farmers market, which launches for the season on Saturday. Reporter Pamela Knudson will be there to watch how social distancing can be practiced at the annual event.

Read these stories and more online and print on Friday and through the weekend.

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