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GFK loses phone service Tuesday The Grand Forks Airport lost phone service for much of the day Tuesday, causing some delays in checking in travelers. An excavation project cut a fiber optic cable outside of the airport grounds Monday night, leavi...

GFK loses phone service Tuesday

The Grand Forks Airport lost phone service for much of the day Tuesday, causing some delays in checking in travelers.

An excavation project cut a fiber optic cable outside of the airport grounds Monday night, leaving the facility without phone service, said city spokesman John Bernstrom.

Airport staff processed passengers manually, making the check-in slower.

Workers from CenturyLink restored service just before 4 p.m., Bernstrom said.


One afternoon flight was delayed, but he said he did not know whether it was related to the phones or snow.

GF Public Works to study changes to recycling program

The Grand Forks Public Works Department is requesting an extension of its contract with its recycling company to provide time to study the service.

Todd Feland, director of Public Works, made the request to the City Council's Service/Safety Committee on Tuesday. He said the volume of recycling has increased over the years of the program, but it was time to evaluate the service along with other municipal waste programs.

The committee recommended a one-year contract extension with the city's service provider, Waste Management Inc. The request will go to the City Council for approval.

Under the agreement, the city pays $2.33 a month for each residential unit and $1.19 a month for every participating apartment unit, according to Feland's request.

-- Christopher Bjorke

UND aviation dean to speak at Grand Forks luncheon


Grand Forks Republicans will host the dean of UND's aviation school at a politics and lunch event this week.

Bruce Smith, dean of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, will be at today's event to give an update on the school.

The lunch will be held from noon to 1 p.m. today at the GuestHouse Inn, 710 First Ave. N. A $10 charge at the door includes lunch and a beverage.

College of Nursing receives grant

for scholarships

The UND College of Nursing has received a $7500 challenge grant from the Dakota Medical Foundation for student scholarships.

The foundation will provide a direct match, up to $7500, for scholarship funds raised by the college from alumni and friends.

"We are very excited about this opportunity," said Denise Korniewicz, UND dean of nursing. Foundation leaders "are clearly aware of the effect nurses have on the community."


The foundation, based in Fargo, is focused on improving health and access to medical and dental care in the region, with special emphasis on children. Since 1995, it has invested nearly $42 million in grants to 374 organizations.

Altru Hospice hosts end-of-life speaker Ken Ross

Author Ken Ross, son of Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and president of the foundation established in her name, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Empire Arts Center.

A social begins at 5:30 p.m.

In her 1969 book, "On Death and Dying," Kubler-Ross defined the concept that people go through stages of grief -- denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance -- as they face their mortality. The concept is accepted internationally and her book is studied in most medical, nursing and psychology programs.

Ross will review his mother's life and the principles that inspired her to enter the field of medicine, specifically end-of-life care.

The events mark the 30th anniversary of the Altru Hospice program.

Tickets for 'Disney on Ice' show on sale Friday

Another Disney family show, "Disney on Ice presents Mickey & Minnie's Magical Journey," is coming to the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks for four performances Feb. 10-11 with tickets going on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

The Disney on Ice performances will feature an international team of award-winning figure skaters, high-energy choreography and a colorful set, a news release said. Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy will be joined by Disney characters including Lilo and Stitch in Hawaii, Simba and Nala in Africa, Ariel and Sebastian in an undersea kingdom and Peter Pan and Tinker Bell.

Tickets will be available at the Ralph's box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000. For more information, visit www.disneyonice.com or see Disney on Ice on Facebook and YouTube.

Pennington County GOP dinner to feature congressional candidates

The Pennington County Republicans will host two congressional candidates at a reception and dinner this week.

The event will feature Republican congressional candidate hopefuls Lee Byberg, who seeks the GOP nomination to challenge Rep. Collin Peterson, and Dan "Doc" Severson, who plans to challenge Sen. Amy Klobuchar, as well as special guest Tony Sutton, chairman of the Minnesota Republican party.

The event begins Friday with a reception and social hour at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. at the Ralph Engels tad Arena in Thief River Falls.

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