The public is invited to a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in a new art gallery at the Altru Professional Center on South Washington Street. The PAC Gallery features about 70 works by local and regional artists, said Ra'Chel Alexander, executive director of the Public Arts Commission.
Tom Speldrich doesn't remember anything after he collapsed from a heart attack while working last month at 4000 Valley Square. But he says he's extraordinarily lucky it happened when and where it did. It was mid-morning Feb. 8 when Speldrich, 43, finished his work and was getting ready to gather his things and head to his next job with Dakota Fire Protection. He was in a secluded hallway leading to the back of the building where his truck was parked. "I punched in a code to get out of the building," he said. "I was punching the number in and I collapsed."
The UND Writers Conference, which opens Wednesday and continues through Friday in the Memorial Union, is marking its 50th anniversary and looking toward the future with the theme "What the Future Holds." The conference has a rich history, and has made UND something of a mecca for many who relish the opportunity to listen to award-winning writers they otherwise would never hear or meet in person.
The eastbound lane on Kennedy Bridge will be reduced to one lane from Monday through Friday, the city said in a news release issued Friday. Crews will be removing a platform under the bridge that was used while the bridge was being painted. The Kennedy Bridge, on Grand Forks' north side, carries traffic on Highway 2 between Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.
Therapy patients and fitness buffs of all ages will find a bright new facility in the Altru Performance Center, which recently opened in the former Scheels location in the Med Park Mall. Tucked into the inner corner of the L-shaped strip mall at South Columbia Road and 13th Avenue South, the center occupies about 40,000 square feet, said Chad Gerloff, facility project coordinator with Altru Health System.
Workers in career and technical fields are in short supply, and there are several reasons for it —not the least of which is the shortage of teachers who can ignite student interest in these fields in middle and high school, say those closest to the issue. The need for teachers is "critical," said Tom Leuthner, director of the Pine to Prairie Cooperative Center in Red Lake Falls, Minn. "Even our state legislature is looking at some alternatives and ways we can get qualified teachers back in the classroom. It's not an easy process."
The classic rock band Cheap Trick is scheduled to perform June 17 in the Alerus Center Ballroom, the center has announced. Tickets for the show go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday and will be available at the Alerus Center box office, online at www.Ticketmaster , or by calling 800-745-3000. The pop rock ‘n’ roll band has released three albums in the past three years, “Bang Zoom Crazy … Hello,” “We’re All Alright!” and “Christmas Christmas.”
People with hearing issues will notice a big improvement when they attend proceedings in Room 302 at the Grand Forks County Courthouse, thanks to newly installed technical equipment. The courthouse is the first in North Dakota to be equipped with a "loop" technology that allows people with hearing impairment—whether they wear a hearing aid or not—to better hear proceedings. "I'm kind of a direct beneficiary of this technology, because I myself have hearing impairment and hearing aids," said Judge Don Hager, who presides over cases in this courtroom.
Mill Road will be closed to through traffic Monday through Friday, March 11-15, so crews can work on railroad construction. The project is a continuation of the Mill expansion plan, according to a news release from the City of Grand Forks public information office. The closure is expected to last about a week, weather permitting. Detour signs will be posted.
The City of East Grand Forks has declared a snow emergency which will take effect at 3 a.m. Sunday and remain in effect until all streets have been cleared to their full width. During a snow emergency, no parking is allowed on city streets, according to a news release issued by the city on Saturday afternoon. Vehicles that are parked on the street during a snow emergency are subject to ticketing and towing.