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10 stories you might have missed over the weekend

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A farmer chisel-plows a sunflower field after harvesting south of Arvilla on Friday, Nov. 6. Dry conditions have allowed farmers to finish harvesting all crops and fall tillage. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

1. In Grand Forks region, 2020 harvest helps 'put the fun back in farming'

A few months after they harvested the 2019 corn harvest, farmers in northeast North Dakota finished combining their 2020 crop.

The weather during most of the 2020 harvest was dry and, in sharp contrast to 2019, farmers in the region had few interruptions from rain or snow.

2. Deer processors may be harder to come by this hunting season; hunters will have to do some scouting

The last time Neil’s Quality Meats didn’t make venison sausage for customers who brought in boneless trim, owner Bob Bursheim was 7 years old.

That was 50 years ago, says Bursheim, who operates the retail meat market in McIntosh, Minn., with his wife, Laurie.

3. In Grand Forks, the Pride of Dakota show (case) goes on

Masked shoppers carrying bags filled with Pride of Dakota products strolled the aisles of the Pride of Dakota Grand Forks Holiday Showcase at Alerus Center on Saturday, Nov. 7.

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Besides face-covering requirements, the protocols of social distancing, one-way aisles and hand-sanitizer stations made shoppers and vendors alike feel safe at the event, according to those attending the annual event.

4. UND endeavors to turn corn stalks into jet fuel as part of $3.75 million Department of Energy research project

You’ve heard of turning corn into ethanol to run a vehicle. Well, what about turning corn stalks and leaves into jet fuel?

Professors, researchers and students with UND’s College of Engineering and Mines will be leading a four-year, $3.75 million project to learn how to turn corn stover into jet fuel.

5. Glad you asked: What is Joshua Wynne's role in North Dakota's COVID fight?

With no state health officer, and the Physicians Advisory Committee disbanded, what role is Dr. Wynne playing in our state's COVID fight? It was previously reported he was engaged at the state level.

6. Grand Forks CPA recognized for work with veterans' group

A Grand Forks-based certified public accountant has been recognized for his tax preparation work for a nonprofit disabled veterans group in Arkansas.

Matt Komprood, owner of Fritz Nelson Certified Public Accountants, was recently presented with a plaque for outstanding service and dedication by the Russellville, Arkansas, chapter of Disabled American Veterans, for doing the nonprofit’s federal tax returns for the past six years.

7. Ben Franklin Elementary school teacher uses 'muscle bear' to teach concepts of health, fitness, safety

Elementary school teacher Kelby Krefting knows his messages about health and fitness have gotten through when he hears parents say they learned something about muscles from their children who are in his class.

Krefting, who teaches physical education to kindergarten through fifth-grade students at Ben Franklin Elementary School, uses a 6-foot laminated likeness of a bear, taped to the gym wall, to teach students about muscles in the human body.

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8. Brad Dokken: A stick that forecasts the weather – who knew?

The cryptic message caught my attention.

“Mail you package tomorrow,” it read. “Unpack it very carefully. Fragile. Then call for an explanation.”

“Hmmm,” I thought to myself. “I wonder what that could be.”

Set the hook and reel me in.

9. Cirrus Aircraft buying its Industrial Park lot from Jobs Development Authority

The Jobs Development Authority of Grand Forks has approved a request from Cirrus Aircraft to purchase the facility the company leases from the city.

Cirrus will purchase its nearly 200,000-square-foot location in the Industrial Park for $1,940,730 on or before the end of the year. At the same time, the company also will purchase a vacant lot directly behind the building for $296,048.

10. Another early closure order in Grand Forks 'painful,' bar owner says

The second mayoral order that requires Sarah Horak to close her downtown Grand Forks bars wasn’t as shocking as the first, she said.

“But it’s still – I don’t know another way to say it except ‘painful,’” Horak told the Herald on Friday, the last night until December that it will be legal for bars and restaurants citywide to stay open beyond 11 p.m. “It’s financially painful, it’s emotionally painful.”

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