A book signing for "Where I Fly: A Hockey Story," by Kat Allen, is set for noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Ferguson Books and Media at 1720 S. Washington St. In this book, Allen writes about a child who imagines a future of cheering crowds and successful trick shots as animals peer from the edges of a frozen lake surrounded by a forest lit by northern lights. The book appeals to hockey players of all ages, Allen said, and is sure to start conversations about young dreams and the family bond formed around the love of hockey.
Grand Forks area students will be heading to class a little longer in May, thanks to the wicked weather that recently caused school cancellations or delayed start times. Recent severe weather conditions forced school closures throughout the Red River Valley. Extremely low temps, coupled with high winds, made it dangerous to be outside. For students, really nasty winter weather may mean an unexpected day off from school, but for public school administrators it means adjustments to the school calendar.
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Chris Adams, a partner in Adams Family Farm in Grand Forks, has been honored as a finalist for the Farm Journal's 2019 Top Producer of the Year award. The award, sponsored by chemical company BASF, Rabo AgriFinance and Case IH represents the best in the business of farming, according to a Farm Journal news release. Adams was among three finalists chosen from numerous applications by a panel of judges who base their selection on entrepreneurial originality, financial and business progress and industry and community leadership.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for this area beginning Sunday afternoon and continuing through Monday morning. Heavy snow, with accumulations of four to nine inches, is possible throughout eastern North Dakota, the Red River Valley and portions of northwest Minnesota. With wind gusts as high as 35 mph, blowing and drifting snow could significantly reduce visibility and impact the Monday morning commute to work.
Of the five theatrical productions Red River High School launches each year, Rich McFarlane is especially strategic about what an audience needs and wants to see on stage this time of year. "I like to pick comedies for winter," said McFarlane, speech and theater teacher, "because you're not getting sunlight, so you need to get joy somewhere." And the Neil Simon play "Fools" fills the bill nicely. The play, which opened Thursday and runs through Sunday, should be a welcome respite for winter-weary theater-goers.
UND has announced the authors expected to attend the 50th Annual UND Writers Conference. The event, focused on the theme, "What the Future Holds," is planned for March 20-22 in the UND Memorial Union.
Managers of some local thrift and resale stores are noticing an uptick in donations they say may be due to Marie Kondo's popular Netflix program on decluttering and organizing the home. The show, "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo," is part of Kondo's latest effort to "organize the world." In each episode, Kondo helps a family, couple or individual with a clutter situation. Her strategy involves reducing items by category, rather than by room, and only keeping items that "spark joy."
Move over, Beethoven, classical music took back seat this week when local students got a taste of what other sounds their string instruments could make during the three-day "Electrify Your Strings!" festival here. Instead of the traditional compositions that exemplify orchestral music, it was all about Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Queen, the Rolling Stones and other icons of rock music.
Cindy McMillan is the only licensed addiction counselor on staff in a North Dakota school district—and many say she is much-needed in Grand Forks, filling a role that's been vacant too long. McMillan started in her position with Grand Forks Public Schools in November, after federal Title IV funds became available to hire her and several social workers and behavioral health specialists.