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AREA NEWS: 'MnSCU reports record spring enrollment' ... 'Polk County to hold H1N1 clinics' ... 'St. Mike's readies for roundup' ... more

MnSCU reports record spring enrollment A record 197,576 students are enrolled in Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, up 8 percent from last year, a Wednesday press release from MnSCU reported. The system comprises 32 state universities and...

MnSCU reports record spring enrollment

A record 197,576 students are enrolled in Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, up 8 percent from last year, a Wednesday press release from MnSCU reported.

The system comprises 32 state universities and community and technical colleges including Northland Community and Technical College in East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls. The two schools combined for a spring headcount of 4,123 students, up 6.7 percent from 2009.

University of Minnesota-Crookston is part of the University of Minnesota System and was not included in the MnSCU count.

Polk County to hold H1N1 clinics


Polk County Public Health will offer H1N1 nasal flu mist clinics for healthy people age 2 to 49 from 4 to 6 p.m. March 11 at Hugo's in East Grand Forks and Crookston. Only H1N1 nasal mist will be available. Parents must be on hand to sign a written consent for children younger than 18. For more information, call (218) 281-3385.

St. Mike's readies for roundup

St. Michael's Catholic School will host its annual Kindergarten Roundup from 9 to 10:30 a.m. March 17 in St Michael's School at 504 Fifth Ave N. Info: (701') 772-1822.

Mother Goose Lady coming to GF

The Mother Goose Lady, Jane Kitson, will present a "Wriggle Into Language and Literacy Learning" workshop from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. March 17 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 4301 James Ray Drive, in Grand Forks.

Kitson is a nationally recognized early childhood educator and author of more than 300 original songs and fingerplays. The event is hosted by North Dakota Child Care Resource and Referral. You can register online at www.ndchildcare.org or call (800) 452-3646, ext. 7325. Cost is $25 before Friday and $30 for later registration.

Agri Women sponsor contest

North Dakota Agri Women are sponsoring their annual Ag Day Baby contest. The first hospital to report a birth to (701) 259-2166 after midnight March 20 is the winner. The only qualification is that the parents have a North Dakota address. The winning family receives gifts including a $100 savings bond for the baby.


Hearing set on school closing

BORUP, Minn. -- A public hearing to discuss the potential closing of Borup Elementary will be held at 7 p.m. March 22.

The elementary school closing is among the budget-cutting options for the Ada-Borup School District.

Course stresses driver safety

The North Dakota Safety Council will host an Alive at 25 defensive-driving course at 4 p.m. March 21 at the Grand Forks Police Station, 122 S. Fifth St.

By completing the course, you are eligible for an insurance discount and three-point reduction on your driving record. Prepayment and registration is required at www.ndsc.org , click on the Alive at 25 icon, or call (800) 932-8890.

Weather spotter classes set

The National Weather Service will hold SkyWarn Spotter classes from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.:


- March 22 in Youngquist Auditorium on the University of Minnesota-Crookston campus.

- March 23 in the Embassy Community Center in Fosston, Minn.

- March 24 in the City Auditorium in Fertile, Minn.

Info: www.crh.noaa.gov/fgf/pre


N.D. Chamber offers China tour

The North Dakota Chamber of Commerce is organizing a tour of China from Nov. 5-13. This is the first program of its kind and space is limited, officials said.

The all-inclusive trip is available for $1,899 per person, based on double occupancy, until June 1. This price includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, four- and five-star hotel accommodations, deluxe tour buses, English-speaking tour guides and all meals and attractions.

The trip includes stops at the Great Wall, Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square, as well as famous businesses including the Suzhou Silk Factory, Cloisonne Factory and the Hangzhou Dragon Well Tea Farm.

More tour information and trip registration are available at (800) 382-1405, or visit www.ndchamber.com .

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