North Dakota has made gains in reducing early deaths among its residents, but the state still sees threats such as cancer and accidents shortening lifespans in the state, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
MENTOR, Minn.—Since 1928, the Maple Lake Pavilion has provided a destination for residents across northwest Minnesota for roller skating parties, wedding dances, birthday celebrations, anniversaries and other milestones. Ninety years after first opening its doors, the Pavilion is a cornerstone of the Maple Lake and Mentor, Minn., area as the town's only large gathering place. During the months of its operations from mid-May to mid-September, the Pavilion hosts a variety of events ranging from craft fairs to family reunions, wedding receptions and concerts and plays.
When was asked to describe Andrew Torrey, Grand Forks Central High cross-country coach Sean Allan offered nothing but glowing comments. "He loved to compete. He always came to practice with a smile and he put all the effort he could into everything. He lived life to the fullest," Allan said. Torrey, a 23-year-old native of Grand Forks drowned July 1 while fishing near of Grand Forks. An outdoorsman his entire life, Allan said it was a shock to hear of the accident. "I was really heartbroken," Allan described of hearing the news.
INTERNATIONAL PEACE GARDEN—When visitors pass through the gates of the International Peace Garden, they enter a space undefined by international borders, one that is, instead, a collaborative ground between the United States and Canada. "What we represent is an opportunity to bring both sides together," said Tim Chapman, CEO of the Peace Garden since May. The International Peace Garden's 2,400 acres, straddling the border about 110 miles northeast of Minot, opened to visitors in 1932 and welcomes an average of 150,000 people a year, according to Chapman.
The fifth annual Hotdogs for Homeless Dogs event, hosted by Crary Real Estate, took over Lincoln Drive Park Tuesday night as community members were joined by their four-legged friends for a night of hot dogs, dressed up dogs, a K-9 demonstration and more. The event included best-dressed, fastest fetch and best trick contests, in which community members could enter their own pets to compete. Tenants of the Circle of Friends Humane Society were in attendance later in the evening to star in a shelter pet runway show.
The Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals board of directors announced Tuesday that Kathryn Kester will serve as the organization's new executive director. "We know this will be a great transition for our organization," said board president Becca Cruger, in a press release. "Kester's passion for bettering our community, creating connections and investing in the growth of young professionals make her well positioned to drive our organization forward."
The Greater Grand Forks Fair rolled into the Grand Forks County Fairgrounds for another season on Wednesday. This year's exhibition will feature all the familiar aspects of any fair: footlong corn dogs, a ferris wheel, carnival games and live entertainment.
MICHIGAN, N.D.—Michigan Hometown Foods reopened its doors to the hungry community June 13. Previously owned by Bernice Midstoke, the grocery was purchased by the Michigan Job Development and will employ two full-time staff members and three part-time workers. Since reopening, Arliss Spillane, manager of Michigan Hometown Foods said the store has been doing well and is close to breaking even on the business venture. "The community's always been beyond supportive and awesome, and I think they're glad to have it back and have it open," said Spillane.
Recent Grand Forks Central High graduate and political activist Maia Jackson, is organizing a "Families Belong Together" rally this month in Grand Forks to protest mistreatment of immigrants and immigrant families. Jackson is organizing an event to be held at noon June 30 on the top level of the parking structure near the Grand Forks County Office Building in downtown Grand Forks. "Everyone's just waiting for someone else to do something, and I'm happy to be that person," Jackson said. "I just wish everyone knew how easy it was."
The East Grand Forks pool will reopen this week after a broken pipe led to a season of being closed for repairs. “We’re excited to finally have it repaired and get it back open again,” said Reid Huttunen, parks and recreation superintendent with the City of East Grand Forks.