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THE TREND: Barber seeks redemption; UND gets Northeastern; local government aid tussle; fentanyl a painful reality; accused teacher evaluations

After a life filled with crime and cocaine, Grand Forks barber seeks redemption [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406006","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"18...

The Trend
Graphic by Carli Greninger/Grand Forks Herald

After a life filled with crime and cocaine, Grand Forks barber seeks redemption
It was his first brush with cocaine that haunted him for decades, sparking an addiction that would put him behind bars and through a devastating estrangement from his wife and children. His life unraveled, and he spent years in and out of a cell, at one point sleeping among the homeless and stealing to buy crack. NCAA TOURNAMENT: UND gets red-hot Northeastern in first round [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406007","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]North Dakota earned a No. 1 seed with its 30-6-4 record. It did not earn an easy first-round matchup in the NCAA tournament. UND will be headed to Cincinnati for the NCAA Midwest Regional, where it will take on the hottest team in the country, Northeastern, at 1 p.m. Friday on ESPNU. Minnesota cities eye political tussle over local government aid Money provided by Minnesota's Local Government Aid program is a mainstay in the budgets of cities throughout the state, and potential funding hikes and cuts to it have city leaders keeping a close eye on the Legislature. For 2017, Gov. Mark Dayton has included a one-time $21.5 million increase to the program in his supplemental budget [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406013","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]'More to it' - Grand Forks Community grapples with realities of fentanyl Grand Forks quickly emerged last year as the epicenter for the drug fentanyl. More than a dozen deaths examined by the Grand Forks County Coroner's Office since 2014 have been tied to fentanyl, and its use has been widespread throughout the region as families, law enforcement and health practitioners look to address its toxic and dangerous nature. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406015","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Accused teacher's evaluations show no clue of sex charges When a Grand Forks Central High School teacher was arrested and charged earlier this month with having a sexual relationship with a student, it came as a shock to some. Evaluations dating back nearly two decades for biology teacher James Patrick Whalen paint him as a beloved, praised teacher. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406016","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Town of Leonard to get rural water service The day when residents of Leonard, N.D., can turn on the tap and not have to worry about toxic arsenic in their water has drawn a big step closer. The State Water Commission has awarded a grant that will pay three-quarters of the cost of extending rural water service to this town of 230 located 25 miles southwest of Fargo. The Trend is a weekday feature intended to help people find the most essential news of the day. Catch up on what you missed here!After a life filled with crime and cocaine, Grand Forks barber seeks redemption [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406006","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]It was his first brush with cocaine that haunted him for decades, sparking an addiction that would put him behind bars and through a devastating estrangement from his wife and children. His life unraveled, and he spent years in and out of a cell, at one point sleeping among the homeless and stealing to buy crack. NCAA TOURNAMENT: UND gets red-hot Northeastern in first round
North Dakota earned a No. 1 seed with its 30-6-4 record. It did not earn an easy first-round matchup in the NCAA tournament. UND will be headed to Cincinnati for the NCAA Midwest Regional, where it will take on the hottest team in the country, Northeastern, at 1 p.m. Friday on ESPNU. Minnesota cities eye political tussle over local government aid Money provided by Minnesota's Local Government Aid program is a mainstay in the budgets of cities throughout the state, and potential funding hikes and cuts to it have city leaders keeping a close eye on the Legislature. For 2017, Gov. Mark Dayton has included a one-time $21.5 million increase to the program in his supplemental budget [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406013","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]'More to it' - Grand Forks Community grapples with realities of fentanyl Grand Forks quickly emerged last year as the epicenter for the drug fentanyl. More than a dozen deaths examined by the Grand Forks County Coroner's Office since 2014 have been tied to fentanyl, and its use has been widespread throughout the region as families, law enforcement and health practitioners look to address its toxic and dangerous nature. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406015","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Accused teacher's evaluations show no clue of sex charges When a Grand Forks Central High School teacher was arrested and charged earlier this month with having a sexual relationship with a student, it came as a shock to some. Evaluations dating back nearly two decades for biology teacher James Patrick Whalen paint him as a beloved, praised teacher. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406016","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Town of Leonard to get rural water service The day when residents of Leonard, N.D., can turn on the tap and not have to worry about toxic arsenic in their water has drawn a big step closer. The State Water Commission has awarded a grant that will pay three-quarters of the cost of extending rural water service to this town of 230 located 25 miles southwest of Fargo. The Trend is a weekday feature intended to help people find the most essential news of the day. Catch up on what you missed here!After a life filled with crime and cocaine, Grand Forks barber seeks redemption [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406006","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]It was his first brush with cocaine that haunted him for decades, sparking an addiction that would put him behind bars and through a devastating estrangement from his wife and children. His life unraveled, and he spent years in and out of a cell, at one point sleeping among the homeless and stealing to buy crack. NCAA TOURNAMENT: UND gets red-hot Northeastern in first round [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406007","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]North Dakota earned a No. 1 seed with its 30-6-4 record. It did not earn an easy first-round matchup in the NCAA tournament. UND will be headed to Cincinnati for the NCAA Midwest Regional, where it will take on the hottest team in the country, Northeastern, at 1 p.m. Friday on ESPNU. Minnesota cities eye political tussle over local government aid Money provided by Minnesota's Local Government Aid program is a mainstay in the budgets of cities throughout the state, and potential funding hikes and cuts to it have city leaders keeping a close eye on the Legislature. For 2017, Gov. Mark Dayton has included a one-time $21.5 million increase to the program in his supplemental budget
'More to it' - Grand Forks Community grapples with realities of fentanyl Grand Forks quickly emerged last year as the epicenter for the drug fentanyl. More than a dozen deaths examined by the Grand Forks County Coroner's Office since 2014 have been tied to fentanyl, and its use has been widespread throughout the region as families, law enforcement and health practitioners look to address its toxic and dangerous nature. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406015","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Accused teacher's evaluations show no clue of sex charges When a Grand Forks Central High School teacher was arrested and charged earlier this month with having a sexual relationship with a student, it came as a shock to some. Evaluations dating back nearly two decades for biology teacher James Patrick Whalen paint him as a beloved, praised teacher. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406016","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Town of Leonard to get rural water service The day when residents of Leonard, N.D., can turn on the tap and not have to worry about toxic arsenic in their water has drawn a big step closer. The State Water Commission has awarded a grant that will pay three-quarters of the cost of extending rural water service to this town of 230 located 25 miles southwest of Fargo. The Trend is a weekday feature intended to help people find the most essential news of the day. Catch up on what you missed here!After a life filled with crime and cocaine, Grand Forks barber seeks redemption [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406006","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]It was his first brush with cocaine that haunted him for decades, sparking an addiction that would put him behind bars and through a devastating estrangement from his wife and children. His life unraveled, and he spent years in and out of a cell, at one point sleeping among the homeless and stealing to buy crack. NCAA TOURNAMENT: UND gets red-hot Northeastern in first round [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406007","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]North Dakota earned a No. 1 seed with its 30-6-4 record. It did not earn an easy first-round matchup in the NCAA tournament. UND will be headed to Cincinnati for the NCAA Midwest Regional, where it will take on the hottest team in the country, Northeastern, at 1 p.m. Friday on ESPNU. Minnesota cities eye political tussle over local government aid Money provided by Minnesota's Local Government Aid program is a mainstay in the budgets of cities throughout the state, and potential funding hikes and cuts to it have city leaders keeping a close eye on the Legislature. For 2017, Gov. Mark Dayton has included a one-time $21.5 million increase to the program in his supplemental budget [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406013","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]'More to it' - Grand Forks Community grapples with realities of fentanyl Grand Forks quickly emerged last year as the epicenter for the drug fentanyl. More than a dozen deaths examined by the Grand Forks County Coroner's Office since 2014 have been tied to fentanyl, and its use has been widespread throughout the region as families, law enforcement and health practitioners look to address its toxic and dangerous nature.

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Accused teacher's evaluations show no clue of sex charges When a Grand Forks Central High School teacher was arrested and charged earlier this month with having a sexual relationship with a student, it came as a shock to some. Evaluations dating back nearly two decades for biology teacher James Patrick Whalen paint him as a beloved, praised teacher. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406016","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Town of Leonard to get rural water service The day when residents of Leonard, N.D., can turn on the tap and not have to worry about toxic arsenic in their water has drawn a big step closer. The State Water Commission has awarded a grant that will pay three-quarters of the cost of extending rural water service to this town of 230 located 25 miles southwest of Fargo. The Trend is a weekday feature intended to help people find the most essential news of the day. Catch up on what you missed here!After a life filled with crime and cocaine, Grand Forks barber seeks redemption [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406006","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]It was his first brush with cocaine that haunted him for decades, sparking an addiction that would put him behind bars and through a devastating estrangement from his wife and children. His life unraveled, and he spent years in and out of a cell, at one point sleeping among the homeless and stealing to buy crack. NCAA TOURNAMENT: UND gets red-hot Northeastern in first round [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406007","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]North Dakota earned a No. 1 seed with its 30-6-4 record. It did not earn an easy first-round matchup in the NCAA tournament. UND will be headed to Cincinnati for the NCAA Midwest Regional, where it will take on the hottest team in the country, Northeastern, at 1 p.m. Friday on ESPNU. Minnesota cities eye political tussle over local government aid Money provided by Minnesota's Local Government Aid program is a mainstay in the budgets of cities throughout the state, and potential funding hikes and cuts to it have city leaders keeping a close eye on the Legislature. For 2017, Gov. Mark Dayton has included a one-time $21.5 million increase to the program in his supplemental budget [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406013","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]'More to it' - Grand Forks Community grapples with realities of fentanyl Grand Forks quickly emerged last year as the epicenter for the drug fentanyl. More than a dozen deaths examined by the Grand Forks County Coroner's Office since 2014 have been tied to fentanyl, and its use has been widespread throughout the region as families, law enforcement and health practitioners look to address its toxic and dangerous nature. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406015","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Accused teacher's evaluations show no clue of sex charges When a Grand Forks Central High School teacher was arrested and charged earlier this month with having a sexual relationship with a student, it came as a shock to some. Evaluations dating back nearly two decades for biology teacher James Patrick Whalen paint him as a beloved, praised teacher.
Town of Leonard to get rural water service The day when residents of Leonard, N.D., can turn on the tap and not have to worry about toxic arsenic in their water has drawn a big step closer. The State Water Commission has awarded a grant that will pay three-quarters of the cost of extending rural water service to this town of 230 located 25 miles southwest of Fargo. The Trend is a weekday feature intended to help people find the most essential news of the day. Catch up on what you missed here!After a life filled with crime and cocaine, Grand Forks barber seeks redemption
It was his first brush with cocaine that haunted him for decades, sparking an addiction that would put him behind bars and through a devastating estrangement from his wife and children.His life unraveled, and he spent years in and out of a cell, at one point sleeping among the homeless and stealing to buy crack.NCAA TOURNAMENT: UND gets red-hot Northeastern in first round[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406007","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]North Dakota earned a No. 1 seed with its 30-6-4 record. It did not earn an easy first-round matchup in the NCAA tournament. UND will be headed to Cincinnati for the NCAA Midwest Regional, where it will take on the hottest team in the country, Northeastern, at 1 p.m. Friday on ESPNU.Minnesota cities eye political tussle over local government aidMoney provided by Minnesota's Local Government Aid program is a mainstay in the budgets of cities throughout the state, and potential funding hikes and cuts to it have city leaders keeping a close eye on the Legislature. For 2017, Gov. Mark Dayton has included a one-time $21.5 million increase to the program in his supplemental budget[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406013","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]'More to it' - Grand Forks Community grapples with realities of fentanylGrand Forks quickly emerged last year as the epicenter for the drug fentanyl. More than a dozen deaths examined by the Grand Forks County Coroner's Office since 2014 have been tied to fentanyl, and its use has been widespread throughout the region as families, law enforcement and health practitioners look to address its toxic and dangerous nature.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406015","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Accused teacher's evaluations show no clue of sex chargesWhen a Grand Forks Central High School teacher was arrested and charged earlier this month with having a sexual relationship with a student, it came as a shock to some. Evaluations dating back nearly two decades for biology teacher James Patrick Whalen paint him as a beloved, praised teacher.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406016","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Town of Leonard to get rural water serviceThe day when residents of Leonard, N.D., can turn on the tap and not have to worry about toxic arsenic in their water has drawn a big step closer. The State Water Commission has awarded a grant that will pay three-quarters of the cost of extending rural water service to this town of 230 located 25 miles southwest of Fargo.The Trend is a weekday feature intended to help people find the most essential news of the day. Catch up on what you missed here!After a life filled with crime and cocaine, Grand Forks barber seeks redemption[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406006","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]It was his first brush with cocaine that haunted him for decades, sparking an addiction that would put him behind bars and through a devastating estrangement from his wife and children.His life unraveled, and he spent years in and out of a cell, at one point sleeping among the homeless and stealing to buy crack.NCAA TOURNAMENT: UND gets red-hot Northeastern in first round
North Dakota earned a No. 1 seed with its 30-6-4 record. It did not earn an easy first-round matchup in the NCAA tournament. UND will be headed to Cincinnati for the NCAA Midwest Regional, where it will take on the hottest team in the country, Northeastern, at 1 p.m. Friday on ESPNU.Minnesota cities eye political tussle over local government aidMoney provided by Minnesota's Local Government Aid program is a mainstay in the budgets of cities throughout the state, and potential funding hikes and cuts to it have city leaders keeping a close eye on the Legislature. For 2017, Gov. Mark Dayton has included a one-time $21.5 million increase to the program in his supplemental budget[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406013","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]'More to it' - Grand Forks Community grapples with realities of fentanylGrand Forks quickly emerged last year as the epicenter for the drug fentanyl. More than a dozen deaths examined by the Grand Forks County Coroner's Office since 2014 have been tied to fentanyl, and its use has been widespread throughout the region as families, law enforcement and health practitioners look to address its toxic and dangerous nature.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406015","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Accused teacher's evaluations show no clue of sex chargesWhen a Grand Forks Central High School teacher was arrested and charged earlier this month with having a sexual relationship with a student, it came as a shock to some. Evaluations dating back nearly two decades for biology teacher James Patrick Whalen paint him as a beloved, praised teacher.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406016","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Town of Leonard to get rural water serviceThe day when residents of Leonard, N.D., can turn on the tap and not have to worry about toxic arsenic in their water has drawn a big step closer. The State Water Commission has awarded a grant that will pay three-quarters of the cost of extending rural water service to this town of 230 located 25 miles southwest of Fargo.The Trend is a weekday feature intended to help people find the most essential news of the day. Catch up on what you missed here!After a life filled with crime and cocaine, Grand Forks barber seeks redemption[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406006","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]It was his first brush with cocaine that haunted him for decades, sparking an addiction that would put him behind bars and through a devastating estrangement from his wife and children.His life unraveled, and he spent years in and out of a cell, at one point sleeping among the homeless and stealing to buy crack.NCAA TOURNAMENT: UND gets red-hot Northeastern in first round[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406007","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]North Dakota earned a No. 1 seed with its 30-6-4 record. It did not earn an easy first-round matchup in the NCAA tournament. UND will be headed to Cincinnati for the NCAA Midwest Regional, where it will take on the hottest team in the country, Northeastern, at 1 p.m. Friday on ESPNU.Minnesota cities eye political tussle over local government aidMoney provided by Minnesota's Local Government Aid program is a mainstay in the budgets of cities throughout the state, and potential funding hikes and cuts to it have city leaders keeping a close eye on the Legislature. For 2017, Gov. Mark Dayton has included a one-time $21.5 million increase to the program in his supplemental budget
'More to it' - Grand Forks Community grapples with realities of fentanylGrand Forks quickly emerged last year as the epicenter for the drug fentanyl. More than a dozen deaths examined by the Grand Forks County Coroner's Office since 2014 have been tied to fentanyl, and its use has been widespread throughout the region as families, law enforcement and health practitioners look to address its toxic and dangerous nature.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406015","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Accused teacher's evaluations show no clue of sex chargesWhen a Grand Forks Central High School teacher was arrested and charged earlier this month with having a sexual relationship with a student, it came as a shock to some. Evaluations dating back nearly two decades for biology teacher James Patrick Whalen paint him as a beloved, praised teacher.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406016","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Town of Leonard to get rural water serviceThe day when residents of Leonard, N.D., can turn on the tap and not have to worry about toxic arsenic in their water has drawn a big step closer. The State Water Commission has awarded a grant that will pay three-quarters of the cost of extending rural water service to this town of 230 located 25 miles southwest of Fargo.The Trend is a weekday feature intended to help people find the most essential news of the day. Catch up on what you missed here!After a life filled with crime and cocaine, Grand Forks barber seeks redemption[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406006","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]It was his first brush with cocaine that haunted him for decades, sparking an addiction that would put him behind bars and through a devastating estrangement from his wife and children.His life unraveled, and he spent years in and out of a cell, at one point sleeping among the homeless and stealing to buy crack.NCAA TOURNAMENT: UND gets red-hot Northeastern in first round[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406007","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]North Dakota earned a No. 1 seed with its 30-6-4 record. It did not earn an easy first-round matchup in the NCAA tournament. UND will be headed to Cincinnati for the NCAA Midwest Regional, where it will take on the hottest team in the country, Northeastern, at 1 p.m. Friday on ESPNU.Minnesota cities eye political tussle over local government aidMoney provided by Minnesota's Local Government Aid program is a mainstay in the budgets of cities throughout the state, and potential funding hikes and cuts to it have city leaders keeping a close eye on the Legislature. For 2017, Gov. Mark Dayton has included a one-time $21.5 million increase to the program in his supplemental budget[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406013","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]'More to it' - Grand Forks Community grapples with realities of fentanylGrand Forks quickly emerged last year as the epicenter for the drug fentanyl. More than a dozen deaths examined by the Grand Forks County Coroner's Office since 2014 have been tied to fentanyl, and its use has been widespread throughout the region as families, law enforcement and health practitioners look to address its toxic and dangerous nature.

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Accused teacher's evaluations show no clue of sex chargesWhen a Grand Forks Central High School teacher was arrested and charged earlier this month with having a sexual relationship with a student, it came as a shock to some. Evaluations dating back nearly two decades for biology teacher James Patrick Whalen paint him as a beloved, praised teacher.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406016","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Town of Leonard to get rural water serviceThe day when residents of Leonard, N.D., can turn on the tap and not have to worry about toxic arsenic in their water has drawn a big step closer. The State Water Commission has awarded a grant that will pay three-quarters of the cost of extending rural water service to this town of 230 located 25 miles southwest of Fargo.The Trend is a weekday feature intended to help people find the most essential news of the day. Catch up on what you missed here!After a life filled with crime and cocaine, Grand Forks barber seeks redemption[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406006","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]It was his first brush with cocaine that haunted him for decades, sparking an addiction that would put him behind bars and through a devastating estrangement from his wife and children.His life unraveled, and he spent years in and out of a cell, at one point sleeping among the homeless and stealing to buy crack.NCAA TOURNAMENT: UND gets red-hot Northeastern in first round[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406007","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]North Dakota earned a No. 1 seed with its 30-6-4 record. It did not earn an easy first-round matchup in the NCAA tournament. UND will be headed to Cincinnati for the NCAA Midwest Regional, where it will take on the hottest team in the country, Northeastern, at 1 p.m. Friday on ESPNU.Minnesota cities eye political tussle over local government aidMoney provided by Minnesota's Local Government Aid program is a mainstay in the budgets of cities throughout the state, and potential funding hikes and cuts to it have city leaders keeping a close eye on the Legislature. For 2017, Gov. Mark Dayton has included a one-time $21.5 million increase to the program in his supplemental budget[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406013","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]'More to it' - Grand Forks Community grapples with realities of fentanylGrand Forks quickly emerged last year as the epicenter for the drug fentanyl. More than a dozen deaths examined by the Grand Forks County Coroner's Office since 2014 have been tied to fentanyl, and its use has been widespread throughout the region as families, law enforcement and health practitioners look to address its toxic and dangerous nature.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2406015","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Accused teacher's evaluations show no clue of sex chargesWhen a Grand Forks Central High School teacher was arrested and charged earlier this month with having a sexual relationship with a student, it came as a shock to some. Evaluations dating back nearly two decades for biology teacher James Patrick Whalen paint him as a beloved, praised teacher.
Town of Leonard to get rural water serviceThe day when residents of Leonard, N.D., can turn on the tap and not have to worry about toxic arsenic in their water has drawn a big step closer. The State Water Commission has awarded a grant that will pay three-quarters of the cost of extending rural water service to this town of 230 located 25 miles southwest of Fargo.The Trend is a weekday feature intended to help people find the most essential news of the day. Catch up on what you missed here!

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