The "coming soon" sign is gone and Harbor Freight Tools is open for business in the space that was home to Treasure Hunters, north of Columbia Mall. The store, which occupies 15,000 square feet, opened Tuesday and a grand opening is set for March 28, according to Lisa Hartley, a media relations employee at the company's corporate office. The Grand Forks store employs about 35 to 40 people, she said.
The annual ArtWise Elementary Art Show, set for Tuesday through Thursday at the Alerus Center, will feature more than 3,500 artworks by local students in kindergarten through fifth grade. It also will feature stage performances, art demonstrations, "make it, take it" projects, a raffle and scavenger hunt. "It's the equivalent of a winter festival for families," said Rita Haag, ArtWise program director.
Crystal Alberts didn't realize the theme she selected two years ago for the UND Writers Conference would be so pertinent in the spring of 2018. The theme "Truth and Lies" may seem especially apt at a time when credibility in the public arena is being called into question, but this trend had no bearing on her decision, said Alberts, the conference director and UND English professor. "One of my interests as a scholar is where fiction and history sort of blur," she said.
Grand Forks school officials have designated the morning of May 7 as instruction time to make up for a school cancellation on March 5. The May 7 schedule for elementary schools will be 8:25 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.; for middle schools, 8:40 a.m. to 12:15 a.m.; for high schools, 8 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.; and for the Head Start program, 8 a.m. to noon. May 7 had been designated as a full-day, professional development day for staff, school officials said in a news release.
A St. Patrick's Day Luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 524 Fifth St. N., Grand Forks. Entertainment will be provided by Chuck Gust and Friends and the harp and vocal music students of Callie Stadem. Tickets are $7. For more information, call (701) 772-2624. The Illusionists - Live from Broadway, touted as the world's best-selling touring magic show, will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Chester Fritz Auditorium, as part of its multi-city North American tour.
About 120 Grand Forks high school students walked out of class at 10 a.m. Wednesday, as part of a nationwide effort to call attention to the need for action in the wake of school shootings in other parts of the country. Students speakers urged their classmates to become informed on the issues surrounding gun legislation, to contact lawmakers and share their opinions on how to prevent gun violence in schools and other public places.
Grand Forks students who walk out of class Wednesday to call attention to gun violence in schools must adhere to district policy on absences or face consequences, school officials said in an email sent to parents Friday. In the email, officials of Grand Forks Public Schools reminded parents of school district policy that would affect high school students who participate in a planned walkout calling for action on gun deaths in the wake of school shootings. Students are planning a walkout at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Red River and Grand Forks Central high schools.
Cindy Marhula will never forget that day last month when seventh-grade student Tyler Rea saved her from physical harm, and possibly death, by performing the Heimlich maneuver on her as she was choking, she said. "He was there at the right time. I don't know the reason, but he was there," she said. "What a gift it was. I could have choked to death." Marhula, a physical education teacher at South Middle School, along with some students, was watching a basketball game from the doorway and eating popcorn, when she began choking.
The Rhombus Guys pizza place, at 312 Kittson Ave., Grand Forks, reopened and resumed regular business hours Wednesday after a renovation project that closed the business for about a week and a half. Changes include new cushioned seating in booths, new bar shelves with lights to illuminate the bottles, new storage cabinets, and two new walk-in coolers in the kitchen, said Nick Freitag, a server at the establishment.
The Sunshine Childcare Center is preparing to open in the former Zar’s Fun Center at 715 S. Washington St. in Grand Forks. The center is accepting enrollment of children of all ages from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, said Ifrah Esse, program operator. Those interested in enrolling their children may call for an appointment or walk in anytime during those hours.