Niepow covers social and community issues for the Grand Forks Herald. Before joining the paper, he worked as a magazine writer and editor. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he currently resides over the river in East Grand Forks, Minn. To reach Niepow with story ideas, send him an email at email@example.com or call him at (701) 780-1110. Follow him on Twitter @dniep.
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The Grand Forks Historic Preservation Commission is submitting a nomination to add six Grand Forks public schools to the National Register of Historic Places. The schools — five elementary and one middle — are being entered under a single nomination in recognition of their mid-century modern architectural style, according to Jeff Wencl, preservation coordinator with the Grand Forks Historic Preservation Commission.
The Grand Forks Public School Board on Tuesday named Mike Wilber associate principal of Central High School. Wilber will start the new job in the 2019-20 school year. He's spent the majority of his 14-year education career at Central, save a yearlong stint as associate principal of Valley Middle School, Superintendent Terry Brenner told board members. "He's part of the fabric of central," Brenner said of Wilber. "That's part of his DNA."
Authorities have concluded their investigation into last week's warehouse fire on Grand Forks' north end, but the cause remains unclear. Tuesday, the Grand Forks Fire Department announced its fire marshal's office had concluded its investigation into the fire at 1720 Mill Road. The cause of the fire, which occurred on April 16, "will be classified as undetermined," according to a press release from the department.
Season's Family Restaurant in East Grand Forks has shut its doors. A sign on the restaurant's front door reads "Sorry, we have closed." Owner Norman Braaten on Tuesday confirmed the restaurant at 300 Third Ave. closed this month. This isn't the first time the East Grand Forks eatery has closed; in March 2009, Seasons closed under former owner Brad Betting, according to Herald archives.
Grand Forks residents can rest assured their recycling efforts haven't been in vain this Earth Day, which was recognized Monday by cities around the world. Though changes in the global recycling market have forced some communities to dump recycled materials into landfills, Grand Forks' waste contractor says that hasn't been the case locally. In 2017, China rolled out restrictions on the kinds of recycling it would take in from foreign markets. That led some cities to shift tons of recycled material to landfills, The New York Times reported last year.
The East Grand Forks Public Schools district is applying for a more than $2 million grant to roll out new after-school activities and summer school programs. The state of Minnesota would disburse the federal funds through the "21st Century Community Learning Center" program, according to Suraya Driscoll, director of teaching and learning for East Grand Forks Public Schools.
Smaller public school districts in North Dakota are offering higher teacher salaries than larger ones in the state, according to data from the state's Department of Instruction. In terms of average salary, Tioga and Dickinson ranked at the top, paying teachers $61,091 and $62,329, respectively, in the 2017-18 school year, according to DPI data. That compares to the statewide average of $53,060 in the 2017-18 school year.
Hundreds of kids overtook the Alerus Center's football field Saturday for the 17th Annual Scheels Easter Egg Scramble. In a matter of minutes, participants picked up thousands of eggs scattered across the field. "See how well they can clean things up when they really want to?" joked emcee Brian Michaels, program director for 104.3 Cities FM.
Grand Forks' traffic-choked streets may see some relief as soon as next week. If all goes to plan, the Point Bridge could reopen soon, thanks to a new public works effort on the part of East Grand Forks' Fire Department. East Grand Forks Fire Chief Gary Larson said the city has begun erecting a clay dike on the eastern side of the bridge to hold back the flooding Red River. The city is moving dirt from a nearby intersection.
The Grand Forks Public School District expects to scale back its summer driver's ed course offerings due to a declining number of qualified instructors. The district usually serves upwards of 300 driver's ed students in the summer, but that will likely drop to around 200 this year, according to Terry Bohan, principal of Community High School and director of the district's driver's ed program.