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If it's time for retirement, you should be looking at Devils Lake, one study says. Devils Lake is the best place to retire in North Dakota, according to financial company SmartAsset. Nearly 22% of the population in Devils Lake are seniors. SmartAsset found that there are 1.5 doctors' offices per 1,000 people in Devils Lake. Devils Lake ranked 750 in the nation. Valley City is ranked the second-best place to retire in North Dakota, according to SmartAsset.
As the Red River begins to recede, many area residents look forward to getting back onto the Greenway. One of those people is Blue Weber, executive director of the Downtown Development Association. The Greenway is just one of many amenities downtown that comes alive in summer, Weber said. "I love using the boathouse on the Red to really get into nature," Weber said. "There will be many activations of public spaces this summer to really show people what a downtown lifestyle consists of."
Applying for jobs and preparing for interviews can be nerve-wracking. The Herald spoke with an expert for tips and best practices when it comes to presenting your best self to potential employers. Ilene Odegard, director of UND's Career Services Center, said this time of year is busy for students preparing to enter the workforce. "A resume is a snapshot of who you are," Odegard said. When it comes to a resume, Odegard said to make sure it includes keywords from the job description.
More passengers are flying out of Grand Forks International Airport and many of the airports across the state. Boardings in March at the Grand Forks airport increased nearly 14% in 2019, according to data from the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission. The Grand Forks airport also is seeing a year-to-date increase of 5.48%. Ryan Riesinger, executive director of the Grand Forks Regional Airport Authority, said the airport added additional flights on Allegiant in March, including four flights per week to Phoenix and two flights each to Orlando, Fla., and Las Vegas.
As repairs to the historic grandstand at the Grand Forks County Fairgrounds press on, the grandstand committee is discussing a formal business plan for the fairgrounds to raise money in a sustainable fashion. The ball is now in the fair board's court. Tom Ford, director of administration for the county, and County Commissioner Diane Knauf will have a meeting with the fair board in the next couple of weeks. "It really goes back on the fair board at this point and they need to take the lead," Ford said.
Drayton is expected to get a Love's truck stop, and with it more than two dozen new jobs. Mayor Chip Olson confirmed the company is coming to Pembina County. The truck stop will be on the corner of 80th Street Northeast and 160th Avenue Northeast, right off of I-29. The facility will cost between $8 million and $10 million dollars to construct.
Public-safety dispatchers in Grand Forks County received the most calls ever last year. The Grand Forks Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) got 92,720 calls for service in 2018, which is 6% more than the previous year. PSAP received 87,587 calls in 2017. "Our responders are busier than ever," said PSAP Director Becky Ault. Ault presented PSAP's 2018 annual report to the Grand Forks County Commission on Tuesday. Five years ago, in 2014, PSAP got 73,310 calls for service.
A job fair hosted by Job Service North Dakota is set for 1 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Alerus Center. Almost 70 employers will be at the event, according to Grand Forks Director Dustin Hillebrand. The list of employers includes Acme Tools, the Grand Forks Police Department, J.R. Simplot and UND. A full list is available at the Job Services office at 1501 28th Ave. S. or online at www.ndworkforceconnection.com .
Altru will break ground on its new multi-million-dollar hospital on June 5, a day that also will include an open-house with music and a light meal. Community members likely have seen fences go up and large equipment move into the space in preparation for utility relocation to begin at the end of April. "We are on budget and on schedule," said Brad Wehe, CEO of Altru. The new hospital is now budgeted to cost $305 million.
Don't buy a car from Auto Recovery Brokers in Grand Forks, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota advises. The auto dealer says it is in Grand Forks, but there is no licensed auto dealer in the state by this name, the BBB said in a release. Consumers submitted more than 200 complaints about Auto Recovery Brokers, Duluth Motors Transport and Tralaway International, the release said.