5 things to know today: tornadoes confirmed, Grand Forks COVID-19 testing event, city buildings reopen, historical marker, Frost Fire Theater
1. National Weather Service confirms three tornadoes touched down in northwest Minnesota last week
Multiple storms on Wednesday, June 18, brought three confirmed tornado touchdowns to Roseau and Marshall counties. The third and most damaging tornado caused significant damage to a Pinecreek farmstead.
2. Grand Forks COVID-19 testing event to be held next week
Grand Forks Public Health, in collaboration with Grand Forks Emergency Management, the North Dakota Department of Health and with support from the North Dakota National Guard, will host a drive-thru COVID-19 testing event in Grand Forks next week.
Testing will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, at the Alerus Center, 1200 South 42nd St., Grand Forks. The testing will be open to the general public.
3. Alerus Center, Grand Forks city buildings reopen
The Alerus Center will reopen its doors to the public on June 24, a day before a Movie in the Parking Lot event is set to be held.
The reopening comes from an executive order signed by newly inducted mayor Brandon Bochenski that reopens City Hall and other public buildings.
4. New historical marker at Grand Forks County Courthouse commemorates early suffragists
A historical marker installed last week at the Grand Forks County Courthouse at the site of the state's first woman suffrage convention honors early suffragists on the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote.
5. Frost Fire Theater to present series of virtual shows in response to pandemic
Frost Fire Theater, an amphitheater near Walhalla, N.D., has canceled its regular production this summer due to the pandemic, but is presenting a series of four virtual shows that will be accessible online.
The 40-minute, original musical comedy shows can be seen on YouTube from July 25 through Aug. 21. Each show has a theme and runs from Saturday through Friday.