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5 things to know today: ‘Hockeyville’ cash prize, chief of staff, COVID-19 data analytics leader Michael Dulitz, schools to receive federal funds, Edmund Fitzgerald

"Base Priority" work at The East Grand Forks Civic Center would cost $5.7 million, according to an estimate presented by city staff to City Council members on Tuesday, Aug. 12. That work includes replacing the arena's aging ice plant, upgrading its electrical and mechanical systems, making the building compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and reconstructing the parking lot. East Grand Forks Leaders could opt for millions more in less-pressing improvements, such as a locker room addition or renovation. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald

1. East Grand Forks saves ‘Hockeyville’ cash prize for Civic Center ice plant

East Grand Forks administrators plan to bank the money they won in a Kraft-National Hockey League contest that aims to fix up ailing ice rinks.

The city won second place in the league’s “Hockeyville” promotion, which means city administrators will have $30,000 to put toward repairs to the East Grand Forks Civic Center. City Council members on Tuesday didn’t object to Parks and Recreation Superintendent Reid Huttunen’s suggestion to eventually spend that money on a new ice plant at the center, for which city consultants put together a multi-million-dollar list of needed repairs and upgrades .

2. UND to hire chief of staff for Armacost, executive council

UND is in the process of hiring a new chief of staff to work with President Andrew Armacost and the executive council.

The position, which helps coordinate various aspects of the president’s and executive council’s meetings and interactions, is open through mid-November.

3. As part of Grand Forks' COVID-19 response, data leader Michael Dulitz looks under the hood

Grand Forks Public Health COVID-19 data analytics leader Michael Dulitz spends his days absorbed in local coronavirus data, case numbers and trends. And when the day is over, it's those numbers that keep him up at night.


In a Friday, Nov. 6, interview with the Herald, Dulitz ticked off a list of his greatest concerns. In recent weeks, Grand Forks County has experienced an exponential growth in cases. Particularly worrisome is the recent uptick in cases in people 60 and older, who are at higher risk for COVID-related complications.

4. Northeastern North Dakota schools to receive federal funds for pandemic response

Area schools will receive some of a new $33.8 million federal aid package to cover costs related to the coronavirus pandemic, State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler has announced.

The Grand Forks public school district will receive $1.94 million.

5. 45 years after sinking, last communications from Edmund Fitzgerald still haunt

The song starts with whining chords and an eerie first verse:

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down

of the big lake they called "Gitche Gumee."

The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead

when the skies of November turn gloomy.


"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" by Gordon Lightfoot introduced most of the world to the tragedy 45 years ago Tuesday, Nov. 10, but it remains a vivid memory for many in the Great Lakes region of northern Minnesota.

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