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5 things to know today: Northwood Public School addition, UND Police, ND ready to safely reopen, federal civil rights lawsuit dismissed, Grand Forks man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

Northwood Superintendent Shane Azure surveys the nearly completed auditorium at the school that is part of a $5.85 million addition that also includes five classrooms. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald

1. Northwood (N.D.) Public School $5.85 million addition nearly completed

New auditorium could be the stage for a summer graduation, according to Shane Azure, Northwood Public School superintendent.

2. UND Police help Grand Forks children celebrate birthdays in isolation

In the past week, UND Police have visited six children to flash their lights, sound their sirens and wish them a happy birthday.

3. North Dakota is 1 of only 9 states ready to safely reopen, Harvard study says

North Dakota is one of only nine states in the country that are near or have exceeded the testing minimums estimated by the Harvard Global Health Institute group to begin opening up by May 15, according to a new NPR report. The other eight states are: Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.

4. Federal civil rights lawsuit against North Dakota city's school leaders dismissed

“This lawsuit is nothing more than a petty squabble between two very stubborn and unreasonable parties masquerading as a civil rights action,” a federal judge said in his opinion.

5. Grand Forks man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Moorhead shooting

Police announced Thursday, May 7, that 43-year-old Steven Latee Ward was arrested on suspicion of second-degree attempted murder, second-degree assault, felon in possession of a firearm, and reckless discharge of a firearm. Ward also faces a drive-by shooting charge for allegedly shooting at an occupied vehicle.


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