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5 things to know today: UND to require masks, lynching victim, University of Minnesota Crookston, Binford, ND insurance commissioner candidate

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UND Communications Director David Dodds is pictured wearing a mask on the UND campus Thursday, June 25. The mask will be similar to the ones being purchased by university for students, faculty and staff to wear this fall. Masks will be required on campus. (Sydney Mook / Grand Forks Herald)

1. UND to require masks on campus this fall

UND will be requiring all students, faculty, staff and visitors to wear masks when campus reopens this fall in an effort to reduce the risk of spread of the coronavirus.

The requirement is a slight change from an earlier decision that highly encouraged and suggested mask usage while on campus.

2. In Grand Forks, a lynching victim may be memorialized

Charles Thurber was reportedly near death when an angry mob of Grand Cities residents hanged him from a railroad bridge over the Red River.

Thurber, a Black man who had been accused of sexually assaulting two white women in nearby towns, was pulled from his jail cell and dragged to the bridge with a noose around his neck before he was killed on Oct. 24, 1882.

3. Leaders at University of Minnesota Crookston make plans for upcoming fall semester

Plans are taking shape at the University of Minnesota Crookston for the upcoming fall semester while the country continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.


The Crookston campus will be wrapping up its in-person classes before Thanksgiving break this year. The remainder of the semester, including finals, will be held remotely.

4. Binford, N.D., will host breakfast, race on Saturday to benefit the town's cafe

The Hub Cafe in Binford is hosting a breakfast buffet Saturday to raise funds so it can continue serving the community.

Proceeds from the June 27 breakfast/brunch, which will be held from 7 to 11 a.m., will help pay for the cafe’s overhead expenses, including utilities and insurance, said Theresa Fiebiger, Binford Economic Development Corp. treasurer.

5. ND insurance commissioner candidate, accused of not meeting requirements, says she's been a resident for 5 years

Amid accusations that she is not an eligible candidate, Travisia Martin, the Democratic-NPL nominee for North Dakota insurance commissioner, spoke to Forum News Service on Thursday, June 25, and asserted that she meets the conditions to run for office.

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