Jurassic Quest, a dinosaur show and exhibit, is returning to the Alerus Center in March. The main exhibit of the interactive show includes more than 80 ultra-realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs, according to Spectra, the company that manages the Alerus Center. The show runs from 3 to 8 p.m. March 1 and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 2 and 3. Tickets, ranging from $22 to $36 plus fees, are on sale at the Alerus Center box office, through Ticketmaster.com and www.JurassicQuest.com , or by calling (800) 745-3000.
The Engelstad Foundation has donated $250,000 to the Grand Forks Veterans Memorial Park, marking the second large donation announcement this month. The donation was given in September, said Jasen Woehrle, senior vice president of The Firm Public Relations and Marketing in Las Vegas. The announcement comes a week after the donation of more than $90,000 by Rydell Auto Center of Grand Forks.
Celebrating the spirit of the Christmas season—with all its energy, excitement and anticipation—is what "The Magic Toy Shop: Holiday Extravaganza" is all about, said Laura Arnason, executive and director of the North Dakota Ballet Co. and Academy. "It's a fun, unique show" that gets bigger every year, she said. The show features about 75 local dancers who range in age from 3 years old to adult. Performances begin at 7 p.m. tonight and 2 p.m. Saturday in the Empire Arts Center.
North Dakota native Kat Perkins, a finalist on NBC's sixth season of "The Voice" show, will be "rocking the holidays" beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Empire Arts Center in Grand Forks. Her show, titled "Rocking the Holidays," will feature traditional holiday classics as well as Perkins' original songs. This is the fourth year that Perkins, a singer and songwriter who grew up in Scranton, N.D., is taking her Christmas show on the road.
In the 40 years he's served as executive director of the LISTEN Center in Grand Forks, Charlie Bremseth has seen changes in the opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities—and in societal attitudes towards them. He's had a lot to do with bringing those changes about, those who know him best said. Bremseth is retiring from his position with the LISTEN, short for Love is Sharing The Exceptional Needs, Center on Dec. 31. Christy Potts is taking over.
Tyler Okerlund has taken an unconventional path to becoming a classroom teacher in Grand Forks. He doesn't hold a teaching degree or a regular license to teach but, this fall, under a special licensing program which helps schools fill hard-to-fill positions, he started teaching business courses at Valley Middle School. A while back, when his job was eliminated at a former workplace, Okerlund was encouraged by friends to try substitute teaching, he said. "Most of my subbing was at Valley, and I found that I really enjoyed the kids and the teachers here."
The Magical Medora Christmas tour returns to Grand Forks on Monday with a holiday traveling variety show featuring Grand Forks native Job Christenson, who is among the show's five performers—all past or current stars of the Medora Musical. "It's a Gift" is the theme of this year's show, which is described as "good old-fashioned family-style entertainment" by Bill Sorenson, a magician and comedian who is hosting the show. "It's a 'feel good show,' with a variety of music," said Misti Koop, a Grand Forks teacher, who is helping publicize the event.
The Grand Forks KnightRiders hockey team raised $20,000 to help area cancer patients Saturday at a game against Minot in Eagles Arena. The funds will go to the "Filling the Gap" program at Altru Health System, said KnightRiders' coach Alex Hedlund. Her team defeated the Magettes 4-3 in overtime to win the "Stick It to Cancer" game.
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- At the Crookston stop on his “listening tour” Saturday, Gov.-elect Tim Walz emphasized accountability in government and the need for legislators to find common ground as they seek to solutions to problems the state faces. The event was part of a five-day, “One Minnesota” listening tour which is taking the newly elected governor and Lt. Gov.-elect Peggy Flanagan to 22 communities around the state.
Jan Brett, a New York Times No. 1 best-selling children's book author and artist, is planning to make a stop Tuesday in Grand Forks as part of a 23-city, cross-country promotional tour for her latest book, "The Snowy Nap." With more than 42 million books in print, Brett is known for her "exquisite" illustrations, which are recognized as being "among the finest in children's books today," according to a news release.